Mayflower Preschool is a community-based, non-profit preschool providing high quality care and education for children aged 3-5 years. We have been operating for 40 years, and are a “locally managed service” within Uniting Care Children’s Services, the third largest non-profit provider of childcare services.
Open from 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday – Friday.
Closed on public holidays and NSW Public school holiday periods. (Fees are not charged for these closures).
Qualified educators with expertise & experience in the Early childhood field. Higher staff to child ratios.
Visits to the preschool can be arranged by contacting the Director for a suitable time to have a look at the preschool environment, our program and ask any questions you may have about your child commencing preschool.
We have a waiting list (no charge) and recommend that you fill in our waitlist form and return as soon as possible (it’s never too early), as we fill our 29 positions per day for the beginning of each year. Our enrolment process begins in July each year for the following year and you will be contacted if a position is available. Joining our waitlist does not guarantee a spot. Mid-year intake is only available if a position happens to arise due to an unexpected vacancy. Even if you are on our waitlist there is no guarantee of placement at the Centre.
We welcome all enquiries so please contact us.
Mayflower Preschool provides a warm and welcoming environment where children and their families feel welcomed, safe, happy and supported. Our purpose is to nurture resilient and confident children through inclusive and sustainable practices, in partnership with families and community.
We believe that developing respectful relationships between children, families and staff at our Preschool encourages a supportive learning environment, which accepts each other’s values and beliefs. Working in partnerships with families and our community contributes directly to building success for lifelong learning.
Principles & Practices
Play is essential to a child’s life to become competent and confident learners. Through play, all children are given the opportunity to explore, pretend, create, discover, express ideas, investigate and develop. Our program is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework, its practices, principles and outcomes. The opportunities provided in our program are based on children’s individual needs and interests. All children are given the best opportunity to learn through an environment with meaningful experiences, where they are encouraged and supported in making their own decisions and choices. We provide an environment that is based on successful experiences and appropriate challenges, which encourages all children to develop a healthy self-concept and a positive self-esteem.
We encourage and support children to interact peacefully and collaboratively with each other, express empathy for others and actively challenge bias. By embracing diversity, respecting and celebrating our differences, we believe every child and their family’s values, culture, beliefs, abilities and language should be acknowledged, accepted and reflected in all aspects of the learning environment, creating a sense of belonging at Mayflower and within the local community.
We are committed to promoting and developing sustainable practices by encouraging a sense of wonder, respect and love for the natural environment amongst children, families and staff at Mayflower Preschool. We believe it is crucial for young children to develop positive and proactive attitudes towards protecting our environment, caring for all living creatures and creating a sustainable environment.
Family & community
We recognise that the child’s family and community have a significant effect on their learning and that successful outcomes are possible when we work in partnership with them. We encourage families to participate in the preschool community and support and welcome their interest and involvement.
Mayflower Preschool develops and maintains strong links and relationships with local agencies, other professionals, schools and the wider community, including Uniting Care children’s Services and the Management Committee, to provide programs which are responsive to community needs and promote the wellbeing of children and families.
Mayflower Preschool’s greatest resource is its staff, who are enthusiastic and dedicated to early childhood education, working cohesively as a professional team. We believe in respecting knowledge, training and experience of individual staff members and the importance of providing opportunities for further professional development. Our Educators value and have a commitment to ongoing improvement of their expertise and practices in the Early Childhood field, through formal and informal professional development and engaging in regular critical reflection. We believe in the importance of open and honest communication with colleagues and strive to maintain respectful and ethical relationships amongst staff, families and the Management committee. The National Quality Standards and the development and ongoing review of a Quality Improvement Plan guide us in the present and future in providing a high quality service to the local community.