Pre-School is a place of magic. There is space, there is an adventure and there is permission to be a child. We believe all children are competent learners who need space and opportunity to explore, experiment and take risks. Everything children experience during their day is an opportunity for valuable learning. This includes everyday routines like morning tea, the physical environment, our materials and equipment.
Our Pre-School gives your child space and opportunity to learn and explore – through free play, directed activities and during interactions with other children and adults. You will see the Early Years Learning Framework in practice – each day, teachers set up the environment to reflect children’s interests and needs. A cornerstone of our Pre-School is providing lots of uninterrupted free play – we believe this is how most children learn best. We also provide direction and support for those times when children need it.
We are excited announce that a new Pre-School room has been approved and construction will commence over the July school holidays. The new space will be adjacent to the current Pre-School room and utilise the existing playground and car park areas. This will provide an increase of 20 places in our Pre-School Program. At the commencement of 2022, we will be introducing a dedicated four day Pre-Kindergarten Program in the new room and an additional 3 - 4 Year Old half day Program on Fridays, if required.
Choose from one of the following groups:
3 - 4 Year Old Program: Friday • 8.45am – 12.45pm
4 - 6 Year Old Program: Monday & Wednesday | Tuesday & Thursday • 8.00am – 4.00pm
Please note: This Program is a two day program (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday).
Pre-Kindergarten Program: Monday - Thursday • 8.00am - 4.00pm
The Pre-School has a large, well-lit and open indoor space. Outdoors, children enjoy the shaded playground, sandpit, picnic table and fresh grass. Pre-Schoolers also use the School facilities during the year including the Libraries, Chapel Hall and Cultural Centre. Each staff member will love and care for your child and each brings years of experience to the Pre-School.
The Early Years Learning Framework
In 2010, the Australian Government introduced the Early Years Learning Framework with the aim of ensuring that all children receive a quality early childhood education. Staff will use the framework, in consultation with families, to develop a responsive and authentic program for each child. The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
- Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
- Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just ‘be’ – time to play, try new things and have fun.
- Becoming is about learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.
We consider that everything children experience during their day is an opportunity for valuable learning. This includes everyday routines like morning tea, the physical environment, our materials and equipment. It also includes ensuring children have time to play in meaningful ways, and benefit from positive interactions and relationships that occur between children, educators and our families and the wider community
As a community-based Pre-School, everyone is welcome to apply. As part of The Scots School Albury, those who choose to go on to Kindergarten at Scots have a natural progression and are already familiar with the school grounds and facilities.
We offer a great transition into Kindergarten because we know for some children, the transition from Pre-School to Kinder can be really traumatic. Rarely is that the case at Scots. When a child moves from our Pre-School to our Junior School, we already know the child and have an understanding of their development. The children are usually eager to take the step to Big School because they already feel a part of the Scots community. They are familiar and comfortable with the environment, they know where the water bubblers and the toilets are, which room is their classroom and where they can eat their lunch. Our transition really does take the stress out of starting school.
Outside of School Hours Care is available after school until 6.00pm for children involved in Prior to School Groups. This is organised through TheirCare and takes place in The Scots School Albury Junior Campus.