Preschool -The Scientists

Michelle van PuyveldeTeam Leader and Impact Coach

Mel Wise (Teacher) and Tiina Smith (Learning Support Assistant) and Wednesday Release Teacher Leonie Mac Donald

Inventors (Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays)

Margo Letton (Relief Teacher), Justene Crisp (Learning Support Assistant)

*NB. Margo is a Relief Teacher for the first few weeks. A permanent classroom teacher will be appointed shortly

Discoverers (Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays)

Mel Wise (Teacher) and Tiina Smith (Learning Support Assistant) and Wednesday Release Teacher Leonie Mac Donald

Explorers (Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays)


Susan Skinner, Louise Frawley, Michelle van Puyvelde, Sarah Shaddock, Sue Parker

Learning Support Assistants:

Kylie McEvoy, Deb Bissell, Narelle Tuckwell

Lunch Release Staff

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 on 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:

Outcomes 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

Useful resources and websites for parents and carers:

The link below will take you to the framework used in our planning cycle which is used to inform our play-based program, daily observations and the reporting process at the end of the year.

Belonging, Being and Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

National Quality Standards:

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a high national benchmark for early childhood education and care services in Australia

Fresh Tastes

Evatt Preschool takes part in the Fresh Tastes program which educates students about nutrition and health – like how to pack a healthy lunch box and how to grow and cook healthy food.

Kids at Play

Evatt Preschool takes part in the Kids at Play program which educates students about the benefits an active lifestyle has in their health, growth and development.