The department provides an early childhood trained teacher and a teacher's aide in each preschool class. The teacher plans an educational program that nurtures each child's self esteem, wellbeing and development.
The preschool program is designed to stimulate children's thinking, communicating, investigating, exploring and problem solving skills. Your child is encouraged to join in physical activities and to develop good health and safety habits.
The program includes play-based activities that help children learn how to interact positively with other children and to recognise and accept their own feelings and those of others. The program also supports the development of early language, literacy and numeracy skills.
Generally, the department's preschools operate during school hours. Attendance patterns are determined according to the needs of the local community. Some preschools offer a half-day session, with children attending either five mornings or five afternoons per week. Other preschools provide full day attendance for two, three or five days per week.