About Preschool

What to expect at preschool

We aim to provide a homelike atmosphere within a caring and stimulating environment where sharing and co-operating with other children are encouraged by the staff. We also strive to build a trusting and secure environment for both children and parents. The children are free to choose the areas of interest in which they will participate throughout the day, both as individuals and as part of a group.

Curriculum | School Readiness | Daily Routine | What to send

Curriculum

Our programme is based on Australia’a first national curriculum, Early Years Learning Framework. We aim to facilitate children’s learning by following the five Learning Outcomes.

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well being
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

Our programme incorporates both a focus child system and observations of group interests and needs. As staff identify goals and indicators with developmental outcomes they plan specific experiences to assist in faciliating children’s learning.

The play activities each day will generally consist of: painting, pasting, play dough, puzzles, blocks, construction equipment, music, storytelling, drama, sand and water play and other outdoor activities.

For the majority of the year, the children will be divided into small groups, of approx. 8 children and will have a story and game or an activity with one of the staff members, just after morning tea. We divide the children, so that we can cater for their individual needs, and the activities can therefore be more appropriate, especially as we have varying age groups of children.

School Readiness

In order to prepare your child for the formal part of school, in the six months prior to entering school, we provide a comprehensive school readiness program which is evaluated yearly with the local school teachers.

The Gumnut Kindergarten School Readiness program has been developed and reviewed by educators with varied and extensive experience in Early years, Primary Years and Special Education (Learning Support).

The program aims to develop essential pre-academic skills, setting a solid foundation to transition positively and facilitate learning in primary school. Children are engaging in activities aimed to develop creativity, imagination and fine motor skills such as pincer grip and motor planning. The children are developing effective listening skills, important for understanding and following directions in the learning environment. Children are encouraged to problem solve, sequence, generate ideas and express their knowledge and understanding. The School Readiness Program targets vital skills to best equip your child for the next stage in their learning journey.

– Rachel Grayson Learning Support Teacher

Daily Routine

Outdoor Activities

Morning Tea

Language Small Groups

Indoor Activities and Crafts

Music and Movement

Lunch

Rest and Quiet Activities

Story

Afternoon Tea

Outdoor Activities

Large Group Games & Free Play

Indoor Quiet Activities

N.B. During winter our programme starts indoors and moves outdoors later in the morning.

Common questions

Do the children bring their own lunch and morning/afternoon tea?

We have children with allergies. For an updated list on these, please speak to a teacher

Yes, the children need to bring their own lunch box (Decor Duo or other suggested by Kindy), and a drink bottle. Please clearly mark them with your child’s name.

Could you please also have a separate container for morning tea, or put it in a paper bag with your child’s name on it, as this needs to go in the morning tea basket each morning. The centre’s aim is to encourage healthy eating amongst the children. Therefore we have a munch and crunch morning tea where only fruit/vegetables and sandwiches can be eaten. For lunch a sandwich or roll and maybe include sultanas, fruit, cheese, yoghurt etc. If your child will be at kindy for afternoon tea (at 3pm) please send a small nutritious snack (similar to morning tea) Please keep cakes, chocolate biscuits, chips, popcorn, lollies or nuts for an after kindy treat.

While at kindy, children are required to bring a drink bottle with a covered lid full of water only. Plain milk maybe included with lunch. Please keep juices for home.

Please see our nutrition policy on the resources page.

Do we need to provide sheets etc. for our children for rest time?

We have a Gumnut Kindy Pack that you are welcome to purchase for $30. This includes a set of sheets with bag, a roll on suncream and a sun safe hat. Please ask one of our staff for more information.

Yes. Your child will need a set of sheets, a small pillow (optional), a cot sized blanket for the colder months, and a material bag to put these in. The measurements for these are in your Gumnut Kindy Handbook, and can be downloaded from our resources page.

To assist your child to start to recognise his/her things, please endeavour to make the sheets and sheet bag out of the same material. All items should be labelled with your child’s name, please put name on the outside of the sheet bag

Please remember to take your sheets home weekly for washing.
Please send along two rolls of toilet paper per child and a box of tissues, on your child’s first day.

What people say

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“Dear Staff of Gumnut Kindy. Thank you all so much for making Ruby welcome at Kindy. She has enjoyed every day she has attended and is always sad at going home time. You’ve all been very kind to us and we’re so disappointed to not be able to return next year. Nevertheless, we are thankful Ruby started school life in such a supportive atmosphere and cannot thank you enough for that. All the best for the new year, and wishing you a wonderful Christmas."

Love from Ruby and the rest of the Family March 17, 2016