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 teach 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.
Each session costs $50 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 from the Family Assistance Office.
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 ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services.
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
Inner North Playschool began life as the Reid Playschool for the 2001 school year. 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
Arrival. Children sit with their parent or carer to do a puzzle or read a book together.
Group time. ‘Hello and welcome’.
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.
Group craft activity.
Pack away outside equipment.
Inside for quiet moment, story time, and the mystery box presentation.
Goodbye song and home for the children.