Engadine Preschool Kindergarten has been rated as ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standards’.
The service was established in 1957 and was known as Pinnochio Kindergarten. It has gone through many changes in premises, name and governing bodies. It is now located in Caldarra Avenue, is a Community Based service and a not for profit organisation.
Our building is a modern, brick, purpose built preschool with air conditioning throughout and large, stimulating outdoor areas.
Engadine Preschool is a two unit service, that is, two groups of children (25 per room) with a total of 50 children per day. Each room is staffed by an early childhood trained teacher and two Diploma in Children’s Services qualified educators. All educators have many years experience working with children.
Your child must be aged three to five years to be eligible to attend.
Our normal hours are 8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, during school terms. Before and after care is available between 8am and 8.30am each morning, and 4pm to 5pm each afternoon for a small additional fee.
Our service is licensed and funded by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. All staff hold a current ‘Working with Children’ check clearance.
The Management Committee
The Preschool is managed by a Management Committee of parents who are elected at the Annual General Meeting in February each year. All parents are eligible to join the committee. We ask that you consider contributing your time, skills and effort to service either on the management or social sub committees, as it is only through parent support that this can continue to be a happy, prosperous and ongoing service. Management Committee meetings are held monthly.
Parent meetings are also held at the preschool once a term. Dates and times are advertised in the foyer and electronically. We look forward to seeing you at these meetings so you too can have a voice in what is happening in your child’s preschool.
Management Committee positions are as follows:
• Vice President
• General Committee (6)
The Management Committee are responsible for:
- Ensuring the service is meeting the needs of the children and families that attend.
- Ensuring the service is meeting the needs of the local community.
- Ensuring compliance with local, state and national government laws and regulations.
- Meeting the requirements of the National Quality Framework including overseeing the development and implementation of the service’s Quality Improvement Plan.
- Staff and employment issues including payment of salaries, superannuation and leave requirements.
- Financial matters including approving and monitoring the budget, setting fees, ensuring funding requirements and financial obligations including insurance needs are met.
- Marketing, promoting and fundraising for the service.
A detailed description of each position is available on request.
We believe that all children are individuals. We recognise that early childhood is a unique and valuable stage of life. We acknowledge that play is the way that children learn, therefore educators use play to achieve their aims. Our program is reflective of the “Early Years Learning Framework” (EYLF) and embraces it’s principles and practices. Educators strive to empower children, by using their thoughts and ideas to further develop the program. We recognise that learning enhances each child’s strengths, competence and self- esteem. We aim to enable children with additional needs to gain assistance with development through integration with their peers in an appropriate environment. We have a commitment to a quality program that is responsive to the particular needs of each individual child. We aim to be non-discriminatory, non-racist, non-sexist and to respect cultural, social, religious and the socio-economic background of all. We believe that an effective program is based on sound child development knowledge and be provided in a happy, safe, warm and stimulating environment.
We value the involvement and participation of families. We acknowledge the uniqueness of each family and the contribution that they may bring to our service. We strive to develop and nurture a positive relationship with our families that is based on trust and open communication.
Our educators value and have a commitment to continually updating and improving their expertise and practices in the early childhood field through formal and informal professional development. We maintain that regularly engaging in critical self-reflection, and seeking input from our colleagues is a necessary and worthwhile tool for self-improvement. We believe in working to complement and support the child rearing practices of the family. We aim to act in the community in ways that enhance the standing of the profession. We strive to maintain respectful and ethical relationships amongst the staff, families and management committee.
We are committed to a sustainable environment and as such reducing the impact of our global footprint. We will endeavour to practice waste wise initiatives, promote energy efficiency, reduce water usage and increase biodiversity – as well as educate children to reduce our impact on the environment. We will work with families and the community in practical and supportive ways to act out this commitment.
Our vision is to empower the children to make changes themselves. We believe one person can make a difference in the world and that a group of people making small changes can have a big impact.
We endeavour to provide programs which are responsive to community needs and support the development and implementation of laws and policies which promote the well-being of children and families. We believe in cooperation among all agencies and professions working in the best interests of young children and their families.
The staff aim to provide a friendly caring atmosphere within an educational and stimulating environment. A high priority is the development of feelings of trust and security for children and parents.
In both groups the programs are kept as flexible as possible in order to meet the individual needs and observed or expressed interest of the children as well as the group. Within the activities available the children are free to choose the areas of interest in which they will participate and with whom they will play.
Activities are based on sound educational knowledge and on the observed developmental needs of the children. Play is the way children learn, so educators use play to achieve their aims.
Children's participation is valued rather than the production of a recognisable result. The aim is to develop each child's confidence in his/her own ability and willingness to undertake new challenges without fear of failure. Activities are planned adhering to the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework. The program based on these principles helps children to manage life outside the children’s service and life after the children’s service, including school.
We do this by promoting:
• a sense of curiosity
• a sense of achievement
• experience of successful learning
• willingness to take reasonable risks
• comfortable identification with one’s culture and family
• familiarity with and a sense of belonging to the larger community
• appreciation of others and the benefits of collaboration
• skills to interact with adults and other children
• the value of diversity
• highly developed communication skills
• an active approach to learning and problem solving
• an appreciation of literacy and numeracy as essential to making meaning in the world
• flexibility, a robustness of self that allows compromise
• resourcefulness and resilience
• perseverance in the face of obstacles
• an optimistic and positive approach to life
• self-help skills
• an ability to follow directions
• concentration skills
• assertiveness, confidence to ask questions and seek help.
A weekly program and a daily routine chart for the children is clearly displayed in each room to enable parents to view what experiences will be open to their children.
A written program based on the Early Years Learning Framework National Curriculum using the following guidelines is provided for the children each week. They are on display in each room.
We strive to develop:
- realistic goals for individual children set from observations and recordings for each child’s special interest and developmental level.
- group goals set from observations as well as goals to help the group meet developmental milestones.
- emphasis on learning as an interactive process with materials and people. The environment is arranged so that children learn through active participation and to allow the child to select their own activities during the day from a range of several activities the teacher and educators have planned or the child initiated.
- encourage the child to try new activities to extend their development and provide a range of developmentally appropriate activities and materials to allow flexibility according to the changing needs and interests of the children, to cope with changes in weather, or other situations which bring about changes in routine.
- provide for integration of children with additional needs.
- effect cultural and linguistic diversity.
- include gender equity.
- evaluation of the program is carried out continuously.
When an offer of place has been accepted you will be required to pay a deposit. Once accepted and a deposit paid, your child’s place is confirmed until your child begins school or is withdrawn from the service. You will later be provided with an enrolment package and asked to attend the annual Orientation Evening held in October each year, where completed enrolment documents are returned. Please ensure these records are accurate and complete as this will assist educators in getting to know your child, and deal with any incidents or emergencies that may arise.
Priority of Admission
A waiting list presently exists. We follow strict guidelines as dictated by our licensing body and as stated in the NSW Government Early Childhood Education Grants Program - Start Strong Funding Guidelines.
Therefore priority of access is given to:
• children who are at least 4 years old on or before the 31 July in that preschool year and not enrolled or registered at a school
• children who are at least 3 years old on or before 31 July and from low income or Aboriginal families
• children with English language needs
• children with disabilities
• children who are risk of significant harm (from a child protection perspective)
In accordance with our policies we additionally give priority to siblings of children previously enrolled.
Offers of a place for the next year will be forwarded initially to children registered on our waitlist.
When you have accepted an offer of place the deposit required will be $135. A fee of $35 is retained for costs towards governance of the service and application processes, $2 is retained for Membership of the Association and the balance of $100 is refundable when the child leaves the Service at the end of the year, as long as all fees have been paid up to date. Once a place is confirmed if you decide not to commence your child at the service you will not receive a refund of the deposit.
You will then be asked to attend the annual Orientation Evening held in October each year, where you will return your completed enrolment documents which will have been forwarded to you prior. Please ensure that your enrolment documents are accurately and completely filled out, as this will assist our educators in getting to know your child, and deal with any incidents or emergencies that may arise.
It is important to always update addresses, telephone numbers, contact people etc, so that in an emergency you or a nominated person can easily be contacted. It is also required by legislation that only children whose contact details are accurate and up to date are enrolled at the service.
How to add your child to the waitlist
To add your child to our waitlist please complete this form below and return it to us, or register via our website www.engadinepreschool.org.au
Engadine Preschool is funded by the State Government. We receive a one-off grant per annum and must budget accordingly. We are not a federally funded Service and have no affiliation with Centrelink.
In accordance with our funding agreement the fees for 2017 have been set as follows:
Eligible children: (4 prior to 31.7.17) $35.00 (2 or more days pw – 600 hrs +)
Eligible children: (4 prior to 31.7.17) $40.00 (1 day pw – less than 600 hrs)
Three year olds: $50.00 Those 3 year olds will be eligible for the lower fee rate the following year).
Equity rate $15.00
The equity rate is available for eligible families. This rate will apply to both low income Health Care Card holding families (to qualify for this you must complete an application provided by the Service regarding your families income) and/or those of Aboriginal heritage (as indicated on your enrolment form).
Before and after school care is currently available between the hours of 8am to 8.30am and 4pm to 5pm daily. There is a small fee per session. Public holidays are not charged.
The service aims to provide families with the opportunity to participate at all times in their child’s education and care, and welcomes such participation.
It is hoped that parents will play an active role in the day to day running of the service. Skills in such diverse fields as cooking, crafts, music, drama, science etc. can be shared with the children.
Families are encouraged to assist in the classroom with duties including preparation for craft activities, washing up & cleaning the craft kitchen.
Any help is greatly appreciated as it allows the educators to spend more quality time with your children. From time to time parents will also be approached to assist the service in other ways e.g. coming on excursions, providing recycled materials, fund raising, serving on committees and participating in working bees. Being involved can give an insight into your child’s development and be a good way to get to know staff, other parents and the children.
Staff at Engadine Preschool will, at all times, respect the family values of the parents of the children enrolled at the service. This respect will be reflected in all dealings with the family as well as the program presented.
Engadine Preschool recognises and honours the diversity of peoples in the broader Australian community.
We will endeavour through our programming to broaden children’s perspectives and learn to deal with unfair behaviour as well as promote positive self- identity and self-esteem in all children.
We will help children value the many differences as well as the similarities between people.
Any necessary help and support will be provided to enable children and families from a non-English speaking or Aboriginal background to have access to Engadine Preschool.
Engadine Preschool will provide the educators with support when developing the individual programs for all children and families at the service.
Engadine Preschool will provide additional support for educators when developing the individual programs for children with a non-English speaking or Aboriginal background.
116A Caldarra Avenue
ENGADINE NSW 22233
Ph: 9520 8011
Fax: 9520 1587
Please feel free to call us on the number/s above or enter your details in the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.