Preschool

Introduction

Curtin Primary School has two Preschool sites: Curtin North Preschool and Curtin South Preschool. The preschool teachers work collaboratively to plan experiences for the children using the Early Years Learning Framework to guide the planned and incidental learning for the children in each group. The preschool children are part of the wider Curtin Primary community and are involved in a number of opportunities to participate in shared learning experiences with their older peers.

Curtin North Preschool

Curtin North Preschool

Ayers Street, Curtin    6205 5612

Sea Urchins: Monday, Tuesday 9.00am - 3.15pm,  Wednesday 9.00 - 11.30am

Curtin South Preschool

Preschool South

Carruthers Lane, Curtin  6205 5613

Red Wombats:  Monday, Tuesday 9.00am  - 3.15pm , Wednesday 9.00 - 11.30am

Blue Emus:  Wednesday 12.45 - 3.15pm,  Thursday, Friday  9.00am  - 3.15pm

Philosophy

We build secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with all members of the community

At our preschools the educators:
  • ensure that the interests, abilities and culture of every child and their family are understood, valued and respected.  Family input and participation in preschool learning is valued and supported by educators.
  • encourage children as active participants for sustainability, influencing the quality of life now and for future generations.  Children are actively engaging in recycling through the daily routine at preschool: meal and play times provide organic opportunities for children to "sort rubbish" into waste, recycling, re-using and compost.  This is an ongoing learning process throughout the preschool year and is carried through by educators at Curtin Primary School.
  • respect the views and feelings of each child.  Educators initiate warm, trusting and reciprocal relationships with children.  Children and parents are welcomed at the door each morning by an educator and children are responded to in a positive and caring manner during interactions with educators at preschool.
  • provide safe and engaging environments for children.  Preschool staff carefully plan, alter and maintain the preschool environment so that where possible, most areas are safely accessible for children. Children are encouraged to move around the play area independently, exploring and learning with peers
  • build on children's prior learning and experiences to build continuity for their learning and development. Each programmed experience may be continued over weeks or altered according to children's interests and engagement.  Programming is based on the observed interests of children at preschool or anecdotes from home.

We develop partnerships with families that support the learning and development of all children

At our preschools, the educators:
  • use families' understanding of their children to support decision making about their child's learning.
  • ensure that parents are welcome to comment on the Preschool program, including suggestions for their child's learning.
  • communicate through formal and informal parent interviews (such as discussions at pick up and drop off). These may include anecdotes of children's interests and choices at home which can be documented and included in the program.
  • provide families with information about their children's learning and development.  Children's portfolios are available for parents to access at any time throughout the year. Portfolios may include anecdotal observations of their child at play, running records of dialogue between their child and peers are educators, art work and photos. Each child's portfolio is different and reflects the interests and choices of the individual child.
  • acknowledge the significance of transitions within and across early childhood services and schools, and ensure that families understand the process and that children have an active role in preparing for these transitions. This includes orientation sessions in semester two with kindergarten classes as well as buddy sessions where preschool students walk over to our primary school and spend time with staff and students- building familiarity and connections through active participation.

We strive for high expectations and equity for all

At our preschools, the educators:
  • establish high expectations for all children's learning and development.
  • invite children to take risks within their play: this may include creating challenging designs for their buildings, using fine materials for collage or painting, climbing on the equipment outdoors and learning new skills. It is important to educators that as children take risks they are supported and view their individual challenges as an opportunity to succeed.
  • support children's learning and development through a combination of child-led and adult-led play based learning, as well as intentional teaching of specific skills.
  • recognise that every child can learn, but some children require quite different opportunities and supports to do this. Educators recognise and value each child's individuality. Children with additional needs are supported according to their needs and plans for learning are developed.
  • provide physical environments that support a range of opportunities for learning and physical activity, both indoors and outdoors. Educators encourage children to explore, solve problems, communicate, think, create and construct as they plan environments carefully to maximise children's interest and engagement. Educators do this by considering children's sense of autonomy at preschool and ensure the resources are stored in a child friendly way to support and extend children's play.

We have respect for diversity in our learning community

At our preschool, the educators:
  • promote cultural awareness in all children, including greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being through stories, art media and other resources which engage students to begin discussions
  • support children to develop a sense of place, identity and a connection to the land through our outdoor environmental education program and ongoing environmental projects such as gardening, composting and recycling.
  • build on children's interests, abilities, cultures and previous learning experiences to extend their thinking, learning and development. Educators use observation and documentation to assist in this process.

We enhance the learning and development of all children by engaging in ongoing learning and reflective practice.

At our preschools, the educators:
  • gather information that supports, informs, assesses and enriches decision-making about appropriate professional practices including planned formal observations, fortnightly focus groups and skills checklists.
  • continually develop our professional knowledge and skills to enable them to provide the best possible learning and development opportunities for all children through connections between Curtin North and Curtin South Preschool staff, the early childhood team, Primary school staff and  professional conversations with colleagues .
  • promote practices that have been shown to be successful in supporting children's learning and development including learning through play and assessment for learning.
  • assess children's learning in ways that inform the educators' practice and use evidence to inform planning for early childhood experiences and practice.

Procedures at Curtin Preschools

Our Preschool - Duffy Primary School

Policy Area Corresponding Regulations Education & Training Policy/Procedure
(includes relevant agencies)
Curtin Primary Procedure Curtin Preschool Specific information
Enrolment & Orientation 168,158 Education Participation (Enrolment and Attendance)(EP201111)
Enrolment in ACT Public Schools (Early Childhood-Year 12) Procedure
Student Immunization
Record Keeping Policy
Enrolment & Orientation Procedure.pdf -Preschool Letter of Offer
-Preschool Preferences note
-Curtin Enrolment Pack
-Preschool  Handbook
Staffing 168 Teachers Code of Professional Practice
ACT Public Service Code of conduct
Early Childhood Australia Australia Code of Ethics
Preschool Staffing Procedure.pdf

Programming and Planning Procedure.pdf
-Curtin Primary Staff Handbook 2015
--Professional Pathways
-Teacher Quality Institute individual teacher page
Delivery and Collection of Children at Preschool 168,99   Delivery and Collection of children at Preschool.pdf
Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations Procedure.pdf
-Parent Communication Book
-Student Sign/out Book
Interactions with Children 168,155,156 Working with children and young people - Volunteering Policy and Procedures (WCY2003)
Code of conduct for Volunteers.pdf
Guidelines for Interactions with Children.pdf
Volunteers and Visitors Procedure.pdf
Supporting Positive School Behaviours.pdf
Inclusion Procedure.pdf
-Interacting with Children Poster

-Volunteers Sign In/Out book
Nutrition, Food and Beverages, Dietary Requirements 168 Eat for Health Educator Guide
Australian Dietary Guidelines Summary
ACT Food and Drink Policy 2015 (FAD201502)
Healthy Lunchboxes Handy Hints.pdf
Nutrition and Food Safety Procedures.pdf -Information in Handbook and
-Enrolment Pack
Sun Protection 168 Sun Protection Policy (SP200609) Sun Protection Guidelines.pdf

Clothing and Footwear procedure.pdf
-Sun Protection in Handbook (physical Activities)
-Enrolment Pack information
Incident, Injury, Trauma, Illness 168,85,86,87,88 Student Accidents/Incidents Policy (SA1200811)
Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Periods (IDO2002)
Exclusion Periods Schedule 1.pdf
Incident, Injury and Trauma Procedure.pdf

Illness and Infectious Diseases Procedure.pdf
-Preschool Incident/Injury/ Trauma/Illness Record
Medical Conditions 168,90,91,92,93,
94,95,96
Management of Eating and Drinking Support in ACT Public Schools (MOEADS201002)
Students with a disability: Meeting their educational needs (SWD200810)
Dealing with Medical Conditions in Children Procedure.pdf
Administration of Medications Procedure.pdf
-Preschool Incident/Injury/ Trauma/Illness Record
-Medication Record
First Aid 168,137,136,(2), 94, 90, 89 Health & Safety Policy - First Aid (FAP2003)
Administration of Prescribed Medication, Catheters & Injections to Students (APC199703)
Dealing with Medical Conditions in Children Procedure.pdf
Allergies and Anaphylaxis Procedure.pdf
-Preschool Incident/Injury/ Trauma/Illness Record
-Approved Action Plan
-Student Health Record
Emergency and Evacuation 168,97 Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy (CNCIMR201301)

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Procedure

Temporary Closure of Schools Policy (TCS199711)
Unexpected Immediate Closure of Preschool Site.pdf - Curtin Preschool Lockdown Procedure
- Evacuation maps
- Lockdown and evacuation record
- Lock Down Sign
- North Curtin Preschool Fire Evacuation Plan
- South Curtin Preschool Fire Evacuation Plan
- Fire and Lockdown Evaluation Sheet
Excursion and Incursion 168,100,102 Excursion Policy (EMP200607) Excursion and Incursion Procedures.pdf -Parent Handbook
-Staff Guidelines in Curtin Staff Handbook
-Risk Management
-Excursion Planner
Maintaining and Providing a Safe Child Environment 168 Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in the ACT (CPRCAN201007)

Child Protection and reporting child abuse and neglect - Guidelines for ACT Public Schools

Providing Safe Schools P- 12 (SSP200704)

DHS - Keeping Children and Young People Safe - a guide to reporting child abuse and neglect in the ACT
Considerations for Setting Up Outdoor Equipment.pdf
Preschool Outdoor Learning Environment Procedures.pdf
Process for ensuring the cleanliness of equipment.pdf
Cleaning Procedures.pdf
Sleep and Rest Procedure.pdf
Student Well Being Procedure.pdf
Environmental Sustainability Procedure.pdf
Water Safety Procedure.pdf
Handwashing Procedure.pdf
Toileting Considerations.pdf
-Outdoor Safety Checklist
-Indoor Safety Checklist
-Toy Cleaning Report
-Monthly room Cleaning report
-Monthly Outdoor Storeroom Report
-Monthly Indoor
Storeroom Report
Building Term Report
- Chemicals Check
-Dynamic Risk Assessment
Governance and Management 150, 168, 181, Student Record Keeping Policy (SRK200610) Confidentiality of Records Procedure.pdf

Preschool Governance and Management Procedure.pdf
- MAZE Data Base
- Student official file records
- Prescribed Information - Curtin North Preschool & Curtin South Preschool
Payment of Fees
168 Payment of Voluntary Contributions and Fees Procedure.pdf 
Feedback and Complaints168Complaints Resolution Policy (CRP200601)Feedback and Complaints Procedure.pdf