We operate four kindergarten (pre-prep) groups of 22 children, with a total capacity of 88 (44 on any given day). Each group has their own fully qualified, registered Early Childhood teacher and fully qualified assistant. A parent is usually on roster as well, so our adult-child ratios exceed the national standards.
All the children are aged between 3.5 and 4.5 years at the beginning of the year.
Each group of children is constant, with the only changes being if a family moves and a child is withdrawn. Many long-lasting friendships are formed by parents in these shared circumstances.
We operate a 5 day fortnight for each of the 4 groups, over a 40 week year, roughly in line with the state school system. We have staggered the starting times to give parents a choice.
|GREEN||Monday, Tuesday, alternate Wednesdays||8.45 – 2.45 (After Care available til 5pm)||Carol Braunack (teacher) Michelle Christie (assistant)||Upstairs room|
|BLUE||Thursday, Friday, alternate Wednesdays||8.45 – 2.45 (After Care available til 5pm)||Carol Braunack (teacher) Morena Nina (assistant)||Upstairs room|
|YELLOW||Monday, Tuesday, alternate Wednesdays||8.30 – 2.30 (After Care available til 5pm)||Lisa Cranny (teacher) Linda Casey (assistant)||Downstairs room|
|RED||Thursday, Friday, alternate Wednesdays||8.30 – 2.30 (After Care available til 5pm)||Angela Platt (teacher) Hellen Meland (assistant)||Downstairs room|
(Add 15 minutes for the 8.45 session)
(Times are flexible to cater for children’s interests, engagement and physical needs)
- 8.30 Indoor Play – free to choose settings, equipment and activities, children are guided and scaffolded in their learning.
- 10.10 Group Language session – this could be a book, puppets, pictures – relevant to their projects and current needs. One of dozens of musical transition games, usually maths based, are played to go to the bathroom, with supervised hygienic toileting practices.
- 10.30 Morning Tea – at tables to stimulate conversations and social learning, the staff eat with the children. (Of course, those children who are hungry earlier, can eat as needed.)
- 10.45 Outdoor Play – there are many ‘rooms’ in our outdoor classroom – the digging patch where they make rivers and dams with water from our tanks, the vegetables gardens, the large open lawn space, the rock pool, large sandpit, large openplan fort incorporating climbing structures… visit our Gallery for photos.
- 12.30 Group Music & Movement inside – the teachers use over 200 fingerplays, songs and games to encourage a love of music, fine motor and co-ordination skills and expressive dance. The piano and recorded music is used to accompany movement and the songs and fingerplays are mostly sung, as unaccompanied voice is the most effective way to develop tone, pitch, melody, volume, and keeps the engagement with the children constant. Another transition game.
- 12.50 Lunch
- 1.15 Rest time. We are extremely sensitive to children’s needs and to families’ needs in this regard. The staff remain constant so there is no need for 2 hour enforced resting, and those children who don’t sleep are free to leave their beds and engage in quiet activities such as puzzles and drawing after 30 minutes. This 30 minute period ensures their bodies are recuperating and their minds are free to process – we read them stories (without showing pictures, to develop their imagination) and play quality music. We follow parents’ instructions on their child’s sleeping needs.
- 1.45 Quiet activities – puzzles, drawing, small manipulative equipment. Preparing for home or After Care.
- 2.30 Close (or After Care) – those children not collected at this time are brought to AC by the teacher who communicates information about their day to Amy, our AC co-ordinator.
- 2.30 Outside Play
- 3.45 Afternoon Tea
- 4.00 Indoor Play
- 5.00 Home