We believe that parents and staff should always work together to provide the best possible foundation for the children’s growth, development and love of learning.
We provide an environment that is safe, secure, warm and exciting. One in which children can make sense of the world, their own place within it and the many opportunities and possibilities it offers.
We empower children to discover their true potential as they create meaning in their world, stretch their creative thinking and practise social skills, meet new challenges and build resilience. We teach children about diversity and acceptance, and celebrate each child’s individuality on a journey of learning, friendships, collaboration, wonder, inquiry, creativity, expression, experimentation and reflection.
The Reggio Emilia Philosophy
Our program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
This is based on the view that children must have some control over the direction of their learning and that they learn best through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing. They must be allowed to explore and be given endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
All Saints Grammar Pre-Kindy program began in 2010 in a classroom on the Primary Campus. In August 2013, we relocated to a purpose built centre adjacent to the Church, across the road from the Primary Campus. The children attending Pre-Kindy visit the Primary Campus for Library and Music lessons and visit the school Gym for PE lessons. Specialist Greek Teachers work in Pre-Kindy to deliver Greek language activities.
All Saints Grammar Pre-Kindy is working towards the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW outcomes of Early Stage One. There are two classes at Pre-Kindy, each with a fully qualified and trained Early Childhood Teacher and a Teacher’s Aid.
Children must be turning three before 31 May to be eligible for a position in the Pre-Kindy Program. Children can attend for two days (Monday, Tuesday), three days (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) or five days (Monday to Friday) subject to the enrolment policy. The Pre-Kindy program has been designed to cater for children to attend two years prior to starting Kindergarten.
From 2016 children who are enrolled to commence Pre-Kindy will gain automatic progression into Kindergarten at the Primary School. Families with students wishing to commence Kindergarten will be offered a place based on the remaining positions available. Parents with children enrolled in the Pre-Kindy program who do not wish their child to continue into Kindergarten should notify the school at enrolment.
At Pre-Kindy we focus on developing:
- A positive self-concept of each child and an increasing understanding and knowledge of the world around them
- Emotional security and to have fun through exploration and social interactions
- Social awareness and skills that enable each child to have trust in others, to share, to co-operate and to develop positive relationships
- Language and communication skills through guided and/or free inquiry
- Intellectual skills, reasoning skills, problem-solving skills and understanding basic concepts through guided inquiry
- Physical health through body awareness, sensor perception and fine and gross motor skills
- Creativity through self-expression, language, music and inquiry.
Pre Kindy – Physical Education
Physical Education is a mandatory subject offered to all students in Pre-Kindy. Students are taught about basic body manipulation and gradually develop fundamental skills in order to be better equipped for the transition into infants. These activities are designed to promote body awareness and improve movement and fundamental skill acquisition. Classes are conducted by qualified PDHPE staff with the assistance of a Teacher’s Aide once a week.