Nestled in the heart of our Arlington campus, the Kindergarten is designed to foster a ‘feeling like home’ with a large garden and welcoming indoor spaces where children are nurtured and connected with others in a close community. The number of children is deliberately small; the program and the way the day is structured allows for the flexibility to accommodate the pace, needs and interests of the individual. The three- and four-year-olds are together, giving the younger children the opportunity to learn from the older children, and the older children to be leaders at this young age.

The Kindergarten Curriculum

The kindergarten offers an exceptional program led by our highly experienced staff. The Kindergarten has achieved an overall ‘exceeding the national quality standard’ rating in all seven quality areas as part of The National Quality Framework Assessment.

Children’s learning is carefully planned to broaden and extend their experiences through intentional and guided inquiry with teachers, resulting in a free-flowing program. Learning is collaborative between children, their peers and their teachers, and experiences are approached with excitement, ownership and possibility. Preshil’s teaching approach is informed by current theory and research, enabling us to work innovatively with the children to challenge and develop their ideas and understandings in the context of imagination, creativity and play.

The program consists of a balance of collaborative projects, small-group teacher-led experiences and free play throughout the daily routine, with a focus on smooth transitions. Children are encouraged to learn by observing, questioning, discussing, wondering, doing, making, collaborating and expressing their thinking in ways that reflect their individuality, strengths and creativity. A love of books, stories, role play, reading and writing are cultivated and form the basis of Literacy, Numeracy and Science. Specialist Philosophy, Art, Music, French and Dance teachers work with the children each week alongside the core program.

The importance of self-esteem, community, thinking skills, conceptual development and the sense of self and other forms the basis of our program. With their teachers, children create shared imaginary situations, engaging in imaginative ‘scientific play worlds’ as a platform to investigate everyday experiences more deeply. Imagination allows children to develop important symbolic representation and creative, critical and abstract thinking skills. Safe risks are encouraged in play and learning where children can ‘be courageous’, supported to feel proud and confident as they grow and learn more about their world and their place in it.

Early childhood is a special time for powerful experiences that forever fuel the imagination of the scientist, the artist, the author, philosopher, the builder – all children carry these experiences into their future as a core of inspiration, confidence and creativity. What happens in these earliest years become lifelong, life-shaping lessons.

Family involvement is an important theme throughout children’s time at Arlington (both at the Kindergarten and Primary Years), with a strong community supporting various events, projects and celebrations. The Preshil commitment to ‘rights with responsibilities’ begins in the kindergarten and fosters principles of mutual respect and cooperation, while learning in, about, and for our environment.

 

Transition to the 5s (Prep)

As part of Preshil’s transition program, the 4s visit the 5s several times a week for a collaborative project. Using story, teachers engage in shared imaginary role play, and explicit teaching, to deepen the children’s learning around both social/emotional and scientific concepts.

The 5s space is a carefully considered, unique area at Preshil. The program allows the children and teacher to engage in the building blocks of Literacy and Numeracy as well as other aspects of the Curriculum. At the core of our approach is flexibility and relationships, for the purpose of personalising and intentionally planning the space and experiences, allowing for the specific needs of the children. Play, choosing, making and creating a caring environment where children feel at home continues to be an important part of children’s learning in the 5s in order for them to be confident thinkers of the future.

Preshil offers extended care outside kindergarten program hours at an additional cost. Morning extended hours are 8:00 – 8:45am, afternoon hours are 3:30 – 6:00pm

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