We provide a Kindergarten program, the DfE Speech and Language program, Support programs and the Stay and Play program.
We have a focus on play-based learning, with the right mix of learning about:
- literacy, numeracy and communication.
- developing creative, critical thinking and problem solving.
- building children’s wellbeing and dispositions such as confidence, persistence and resilience.
- supporting their social skills such as helping them to get along with others and developing their self–help skills.
- S.T.E.A.M. – Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
- developing children’s interest and needs.
All our educators have a ‘growth mindset’ – a positive and caring belief that all children can grow and learn and we provide experiences that support, stimulate and structure children’s learning to meet the needs and abilities of individual children.
We believe that children :
- learn when they are actively involved, interested and engaged.
- develop at different rates and in different ways – emotionally, socially, intellectually, morally, and physically.
- may have areas that need specialised support or intervention, so that they can achieve their potential.
We believe in working closely with our children, parents and families to build a strong partnership with our community so that we all support the children in the wonders of growing, learning and making happy memories!
Each child receives 15 hours of preschool per week for the year before they start school (excluding school holidays).
This is offered by the children attending 2 full days – 9am to 3pm and one 3 hour session.
Our Kindergarten program is built around the Australian Early Years Learning Framework – Belonging, Being and Becoming which guides our practice to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to the transition to school.
Sessions for Kindergarten
We offer the 15 hours of Kindergarten with 2 full days – 9am to 3pm and one 3 hour session
We have two groups including:
- The Blue Group – Monday and Wednesday (9:00 am to 3:00 pm) and a morning (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) on a Tuesday or Thursday (where vacancies exist)
- The Yellow Group – Tuesday and Thursday (9am to 3pm) and a morning (9am to 12pm) on a Monday or Wednesday (where vacancies exist)
Department for Education Speech and Language Program
Speech and Language Programs provide a high level of specialised support for children with severe specific speech and/or language impairments. Their primary area of need is communication, while learning and development in other areas is similar to that of other children their age.
The program aims to strengthen children’s communication by improving their talking and listening skills, ability to learn and to interact with others.
Is my child eligible to attend a Speech and Language Program?
Preschool speech and language programs
There are eight preschools in metropolitan Adelaide that specialise in offering speech and language programs. This support may be delivered through:
- individual and small group activities focusing on talking and listening skills
- direct teaching through play
- the use of new skills across all areas of learning
The programs are available to children who are:
- able to attend the program for at least three terms in their eligible preschool year – Aboriginal children and those under state care may be eligible from the age of three
- within the average range or above for non-verbal intelligence
- within normal hearing as shown by a test within the past 12 months
- making slow progress with regular speech pathology support
- diagnosed by a speech pathologist as having a severe speech or language impairment
- not diagnosed with a significant additional disability, syndrome or disorder
Acceptance is based on the level of need.
How to apply
Children can be referred to a program by a speech pathologist.
Where to get more information
For more information on preschool speech and language programs contact your regional office:
- Northern Adelaide area – phone 8256 8111
- Eastern Adelaide area – phone 8366 8800
- Southern Adelaide area – phone 8207 3700
- Western Adelaide area – phone 8416 7333
Sessions for the Speech and Language Program
Children in the Speech and Language Program attend:
Group C Monday to Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and a 3 hour session on a Tuesday morning from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Specialist support for children with additional needs, available by referral to DfE Support Services, through the kindergarten.
Early entry for children with additional needs. Availability dependant on vacancies.
Stay and Play Program
Orientation Visits – Stay and Play sessions for enrolled children and their parents at the end of Term 4 each year.