About us
Inner North Playschool is a licensed Playschool operated by the Inner North Playschool Inc. Committee. The school provides early childhood education for 3-4 year old children. It does not try to emulate Preschool education but at the same time it provides more for the children than would a Playgroup.Parents are able to leave their child in the care of trained and experienced staff for a period of three and a half hours. It is hoped that a year at Playschool will assist the transition to Preschool. Inner North Playschool runs sessions on Monday and Tuesday between 9.30am and 1.00pm.The Playschool program is a mixture of free and directed activities. It is designed to introduce the children to an environment where a simple routine is in place. As routine is very reassuring to children we attempt not to deviate from the basic daily routine. Obviously this always depends on the weather and circumstances of the day.Our aim at Inner North Playschool is to enrich the child’s development in a safe and nurturing environment while having fun. The children are expected to be able to do as they are asked and to participate in all activities.Participation is rarely an issue, but as all children are different there are times when some children choose not to participate. This is accepted, but at the same time they are encouraged by the staff to join in the fun.

As part of our licensing requirements parents/carers of children attending Inner North Playschool are required to assist and help at a Playschool session. Two parents/carers are rostered on each session and each family is required to be rostered on for two sessions per term.

FEES

Each session costs $51 per child. The fees are payable each term and are due three weeks before commencement of each term. Inner North Playschool is a registered childcare provider and you may be eligible for the Child Care Benefit (not Rebate) from the Department of Human Services.

INTERSTATE AND OVERSEAS EQUIVALENTS

Early childhood education has a variety of names around Australia and around the world.

In Canberra, Early Childhood Education providers of 3 year olds are generally known as Playschools, while 4 year olds attend Preschool, 5 year olds Kindergarten and 6 year olds Year 1.

Some alternative names you may be more familiar with could include: Preschool, Prep, Preparatory, Kindergarten, Kindy, Kinder, Nursery, Nursery School, or Pre-K. Playschools are licensed by the The Children’s Education & Care Assurance (CECA).

HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

Inner North Playschool began life as the Reid Playschool in 2000. The Reid Playschool was operated by the Reid Preschool Parent Association and used the Reid Preschool facilities.

The Playschool was established as an independent incorporated body in 2007 as Inner North Playschool and continued to use the Reid Preschool facilities.

Inner North Playschool moved to its current location at the Ainslie Church of Christ at the beginning of 2009.

The Playschool was officially opened by the Minister for Children and Young People, Andrew Barr on 21 August 2009.

EXAMPLE OF A DAILY ROUTINE

9.30am

Arrival. Children sit with their parent or carer to do a puzzle or read a book together.

9.40am

Group time. ‘Hello and welcome’.

9.50am

Free play activities (indoor) including: Puzzles, books, building blocks. Home corner: dress-ups, cooking, shops, office. Tactile activities: Painting, drawing, threading, gluing. Construction: Duplo, Mohilo, gears and magnets.

10.20am

Music.

10.40am

Group craft activity.

11.00am

Morning tea.

11.20am

Outside play.

12.20pm

Pack away outside equipment.

12.30pm

Fruit time.

12.45pm

Inside for quiet moment, story time, and the mystery box presentation.

1.00pm

Goodbye song and home for the children.