Hours of operation
Children attend the preschool for either two days per week (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) or three days per week (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday or Wednesday/Thursday/Friday) between the hours of 8.00am - 3.30pm. The 2 day programme is designed for 3-4 year olds and the 3 day programme caters for 4-5 year olds.
Children at Gordon Community Preschool have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of experiences, carefully planned by highly qualified staff to enhance and maximise the potential and development of each child.
The programme is driven by the strengths, needs and interests of the children. Staff are involved in a continual process of observing children, recording their observations and planning the programme as the result of these observations. The programme also includes a number of visiting performers and excursions throughout the year.
A typical day may look like this:
Outdoor play - climbing, sand play, obstacle course, dancing to music, drawing, painting, socialising...
Progressive morning tea on a picnic blanket with their class
Indoor experiences - painting, puzzles, playdough, block building, artistic expression, books, games, dramatic play, cooking, science ... Children are encouraged to make independent choices during this time. Staff are involved in guiding, supporting and facilitating development within a range of developmental areas.
1:00 - 1:30
Group meeting - children in their individual classes come to the mat for a story, discussion, music experience, games, picture talk, recall drawing, gardening, science experiment, cooking...
1:30 - 1:45
1.45 - 2:00
Relaxation time - look at books, listening post, puzzles, audio story, lay on a cushion...
Meet again as a group - Group game, yoga, fundamental movements, sharing bag.
2:30 - 3:30
Indoor experiences - lego, duplo, drawing, peg boards and quiet experiences... Then home time!
A very busy day! The routine may change from time to time depending on the needs of the children.