Preschool

Welcome to Term 4 at Evatt Preschool


Term 4 is gearing up to be an exciting and productive term. The children have learnt so much and come so far since the beginning of the year and it is a delight to see their confidence and independence continue to grow. At preschool we believe it is important to foster in our young learners a love of learning, and your children definitely have this. Every day they come to preschool eager to engage in our learning investigations and share their discoveries and understandings. It is a privilege to be a part of their learning journey.

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 Maria Saunders (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

In Term 4 we will continue to 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.

We will commence our Kindergarten Transition Program in week 3. The visits are an opportunity for the children to meet the Kindergarten teachers, familiarise themselves with the learning spaces and engage in a range of ‘lessons’ which will have a focus on literacy, numeracy, art and gross motor. At preschool we have been exploring the skills and strategies to be successful Kindy kids. The children are very excited and ready for this next challenge in their learning. The dates of the Kindergarten visits are as detailed below.

Sky Sprites – M/T


Water Wizards – M/T

Fire Fairies -  Th/ F

Week 3

Monday 23rd October

Literacy / Numeracy

11.25 – 12.25

Friday 27th October

Literacy

9.15 – 10.15

Week 4

Monday 30th October

Literacy / Numeracy  11.25 – 12.25

Friday  3rd November

Numeracy   9.15 – 10.15

Week 5

Tuesday  7th November

Art/ Gross Motor  1.30  – 2.30

Friday 10th November

Gross Motor 11.15 – 12.15

Week 6

Tuesday 14th November

Art/ Gross Motor 1.30  – 2.30

Friday 17th November

Art  11.15 – 12.15

Week 7

2018 Kinder Information Session

Wednesday 22nd November  5.30 – 6.30

In our preschool literacy program, we will continue to develop the children’s phonological awareness by exploring letter-sound relationships, syllables and rhyme. The active listening skills and phonemic awareness the children develop, aids them in their early reading and writing in Kindergarten. We play sound bingo, sequence nursery rhymes and read lots of rich authentic texts with strong rhyme and rhythm to develop the children’s literacy skills and foster what we hope is the beginning of a lifelong love of literacy.

Our dramatic play areas continue to be a strong focus of our learning investigations at preschool with the children having the opportunity to explore a pizza and pasta shop, a vet surgery, a florist, a fruit shop and a witch’s potions lab.  Role playing in these areas help the children develop social interaction skills, language, fine motor skills and aids with cognitive development.  When children are involved in make believe they make use of pictures they have created in their minds to recreate past experiences, which is a form of abstract thinking.

Now that the beautiful Spring weather is upon us we have had the opportunity to plant our vegetable garden. We’ve planted lettuce, basil, spinach, radishes, carrots and we have some strawberry plants re-emerging from last year. This term will see children explore the importance of healthy foods and learn how to tend a garden and cook food from that which we’ve grown.

At Evatt Preschool, 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. We would like to thank those families who regularly respond to emails, particularly the ‘learning stories’ sent out about your child’s progress. If you have any thoughts or comments about learning around STEM or our literacy focus, please do not hesitate to email Becky or Mel. We would love to hear how you perceive the learning we are providing for the children.

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. If you would like to ‘Stay and Play’, please speak with Becky or Mel. 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.

Please continue to read our daily notices and emails for information about up and coming events at Preschool.
As always, 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. This term children will receive an end of year report which will reflect on your child’s learning under the Early Year’s Learning Framework. The report will outline your child’s progress and development under the outcomes listed below.

We look forward to another term of wonderful learning with your children.

Becky, Mel, Tiina, Jodi, Rosie and Maria 

Below is our EYLF and National Quality Standard Links, Evatt Preschool Documentation Practices and our Language of Learning Values – Respect, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reflection for your reference.

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:

  • an 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.
  • an 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.