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What we offer - Vale Park Preschool

We offer a number of programs and services to support your child’s early years learning.

Preschool program

Times

Your child can attend preschool for up to 15 hours per week.

Group 1

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.00am to 3.30pm 8.00am to 3.30pm

Group 2

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.00am to 3.30pm 8.00am to 3.30pm

Fees

The parent contribution is $160 per term. See our enrolment and fees page for more information.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag that is easy for your child to open, close and carry
  • Vale Park Preschool hat or broad-brimmed hat without chin straps, in terms 1, 3 and 4
  • drink bottle with water only
  • lunch box with a healthy lunch
  • snacks for morning and afternoon tea, such as fresh fruit, vegetables or dried fruit
  • spare clothes in case of accidents or getting wet while playing.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings.

You can buy short-sleeved t-shirts with the Vale Park Preschool logo from us.

Some children may want a familiar item from home when starting preschool. If you feel that your child would benefit from bringing in something from home please speak with an educator.

What not to bring

Children should not bring these things:

  • food containing eggs or nuts (some children have allergies that can be dangerous)
  • unhealthy food or drink (lollies, chocolate, chips, fizzy drinks)
  • toys from home.

Additional information

Please read our drop-off and pick-up procedure (PDF 92KB).

Curriculum

Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child. We help children to be independent, curious, confident, reflective and caring so that they can develop academically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.

Education is an continuous process of learning that is based in the child’s own knowledge and interests. By focusing on children, we design learning environments and experiences that give children the chance to explore and learn deeply.

Each step of the learning program is adapted to the goals of the children and families of our preschool. Our weekly program is displayed on the whiteboard in the parent area, and our newsletters give an overview of the learning for the term.

Find out more about our curriculum (PDF 83KB).

STEM

We focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Children are naturally curious about the world and we use STEM teaching to help them engage with what is already happening. We encourage children to solve problems from real-world projects using critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.

We want to develop partnerships to extend STEM learning for our children. If you are interested in working in partnership with us, please speak with us.

Find out more about our STEM approach (PDF 83KB).

 

Playgroup

Playgroup is available for children older than 2 years 9 months who will be attending Vale Park Preschool the following year. Playgroup is a chance for children and their parents to get to know the preschool environment, meet other children and make new friendships.

Parents must come to playgroup and supervise their child at all times. It is run by an educator and parent volunteers.

Please fill in a registration of interest form (Word 283KB), the same form as the preschool registration of interest form, if you want to join.

Session times

Friday 9.00am to 10.30am

Cost

This program costs $40 per term.

What to bring

  • bag that is easy for your child to open, close and carry
  • hat
  • drink bottle with water only
  • fruit or vegetable snack
  • spare clothes in case of accidents or getting wet while playing.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings.

What not to bring

Do not bring food containing eggs or nuts (some children have allergies that can be dangerous).

Transition into preschool

Children can come to transition sessions in term 4 of the year before they start preschool. Transition visits allow your child to meet educators and familiarise themselves with the environment and routines, without their parents or caregivers.

Cost

This program costs $40, which includes a hat.

What to bring

  • bag that is easy for your child to open, close and carry
  • hat
  • drink bottle with water only
  • fruit or vegetable snack
  • spare clothes in case of accidents or getting wet while playing.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings.