Preschool

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Evatt Preschool Term 1 Overview 2017

Welcome to Evatt Preschool for 2017!

We have had a very successful start to the year and have enjoyed welcoming out preschool students and families to Evatt Preschool.

This year we have three preschool groups. Collectively with the Kindergarten classes we are known as the Sustainability Superheroes. Our names – Water Wizards, Sky Sprites and Fire Fairies - reflect the elements and tie in with the overall theme of class names across Evatt School for 2017 which link to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism. Evatt provides itself on being a sustainable school and we hope across the year to instil these values and practices in our students.

The preschool classes for 2017 are:

Water Wizards

  • (Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays)

Educators:

Becky Pain (Teacher) and Tiina Smith (Learning Support Assistant) and Wednesday Release Teacher Rosie Urosevic

Sky Sprites

  • (Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays)

Educators: Mel Wise (Teacher), Jodi Millard (Learning Support Assistant) and Rachel Percival (Learning Support Assistant)

Fire Fairies

  • (Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays)

Educators: Becky Pain (Teacher) and Tiina Smith (Learning Support Assistant) and Wednesday Release Teacher Rosie Urosevic

Lunch Release Staff: Susan Skinner, Louise Frawley and Sarah Shaddock

The start of the school year is all about building confidence in our students as they familiarise themselves with the preschool learning environment, beginning to make connections with the other children and the educators and learning routines.

At Evatt Preschool we value children's worlds, enrich their lives and grow citizens.

We offer an exciting play based learning program directed at harnessing children's interests, fostering independence and developing a lifelong love for learning. At Evatt, our children are provided with a routine that allows for uninterrupted play for investigating both indoor and outdoor environments. They are given the tools to manage their learning time and the freedom to choose how they spend it. The educators at Evatt Preschool prioritise offering a variety of opportunities to suit each child's individuality and teach children to work in both solitary and collaborative learning projects.

At Evatt, our children and parents are valued contributors of the learning process. They are encouraged to offer feedback and make decisions or suggestions around learning goals and experiences.

Our parents are also highly encouraged to volunteer in our classroom either by joining in with our investigation time or offering their skills in a more structured experience e.g. cooking, sewing, gardening, construction etc. Evatt Preschool works closely with the staff, students and community at the primary school, taking part in events, learning programs and using facilities throughout the year.

Evatt Preschool works under the Early Years Learning Framework as our Preschool Curriculum document. As such we focus on developing the following key outcomes in our children:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to the world

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Read more about the Early Years Learning Framework

The framework is used in our planning cycle to help show curriculum links in our play-based program and is used to inform our daily observations and the reporting process at the end of the year.

At Evatt Preschool the educators work to ensure a high standard of reflection, documentation of children's learning and communication with parents. This includes:

  1. individual ‘Learning Journal’ for each child that includes photographs, descriptions and observations of learning and interests and children's artwork. This is readily available to the children and parents in the classroom and taken home at the end of the year
  2. emailing system where by parents are emailed information on their child's learning experiences. This includes descriptions of learning from the child's point of view, photographs of the learning experience and how it links to the Early Years Learning Framework
  • a ‘parent’s voice’ board which parents and carers are encouraged to reflect on and connect with their children’s learning and make suggestions for future direction.Each of these processes is used in our planning cycle to inform future play experiences and learning opportunities and is collated as evidence to inform assessment and reporting.Evatt Preschool has been assessed under the new National Quality Standards and our service was rated at Exceeding the National Quality Standard. This assessment works towards setting a benchmark for early childhood education and care, and the outside school hours care services in Australia. To ensure children enjoy the best possible conditions in their early educational and developmental years, the NQS promotes continuous improvements in quality. The educators at the preschool and executive staff at the primary school continue to work on ensuring daily practice, documentation, policies and the site itself are well-maintained and up to date. Read more about the National Quality Standards This year the staff at Evatt have worked together to identify learning goals that we feel are important across the school. These encompass the goals of:
  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflectiveness
  • Reciprocity

We will work with our students to achieve these learning goals across the course of the year, thereby instilling in them dispositions for learning that will carry them through their primary school years. More details about these learning goals can be found by clicking on the links above. These posters are displayed in our classrooms.

All session times at Evatt Preschool are 9am – 3pm.

Our current preschoolers also enjoy weekly visits to the primary school library to read and borrow books. Please be aware of the session for each group and ensure that your child has their library bag and book for each visit:

  • Monday/Tuesday Groups: Monday
  • Thursday/Friday Group: Thursday The preschool educators appreciate the opportunity to talk with parents and carers regularly. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss your child and their learning in any way, please don’t hesitate to make a time to talk. We look forward to working together to ensure a happy, engaging and exciting term for your children. Becky, Mel, Tiina, Jodi and Rachel J