Early Childhood

National Quality Standards in Early Childhood

In 2016 we had two assessors visit the school to view K-2 classrooms to see students working and to observe learning.

Margaret Waterton and Ann Braine from the Department of Education’s early childhood team then talked to staff about our progress in each of the 7 national standards. The assessors were pleased with our work, physical environment and overall classroom presentation. 

Our Early Childhood students displaying some fantastic skills!

Play in Early Childhood

Allendale provides a wide range of activities for Kindy and Pre Primary students to participate in. Check out one of the recent activities.

Kindergarten and Pre Primary

The following information should be of assistance to parents and carers in relation to the running of the Kindergarten and Pre Primary.

Early Childhood Booklet

Kindergarten Session Times

Group 1 will attend from 8.30am to 3.00pm Monday, Wednesday and odd week Fridays.

Group 2 will attend Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8.30am to 3.00pm and even week Fridays. 

Kindergarten Group Sessions Planner Term 1 2017

Group 1

Monday: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Odd Week Fridays: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Group 2

Tuesday: 8.30am - 3.00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Even Week Fridays: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Pre Primary Sessions

From Week 1
8:30am - 3:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 

Arrival & Departure

It is very important that your child arrives and is collected on time. This will avoid any unnecessary distress that your child will experience due to lateness. If you are held up, please ring and let us know so we can explain to the child what has happened.

It is our policy that parents (or nominated persons) see their child safely to the door of the centre and wait with them until Kindergarten or Pre-Primary begins. Children should not walk to school without adult supervision.

After class, children will not be permitted to leave until a parent or adult comes to the door. If your child is accompanied or picked-up by someone other than yourself, please let the teacher know. If another adult will continually pick up your child, we require a signed note by the parent.

To enable staff to contact you at all times please ensure your phone numbers and those of emergency contacts are included on your child’s enrolment form.  If circumstances change (daycare, new phone numbers changes in custody/living arrangements), please notify the school office so these changes can be recorded.

Absences

Kindergarten and Pre Primary students, once enrolled need to attend every day and also need absences explained verbally or in writing.

More attendance information

Puzzle Time

The first 5-10 minutes of every session has been set aside for parents/carers, if they wish to come and do a puzzle with their child before the bell rings.

What your child needs to bring

School Bag

Each child should have their own bag to keep their belongings in. A carry bag that is large enough to carry home important creations plus their lunch box and spare clothes is ideal. Please ensure that the bag is clearly labelled with your child's name.

Encourage your child to be responsible for their own bag by having them hang it up and collect it. Encourage independence - have your child carry their own bag.

Shoes

Shoes that children can take off and put on themselves are highly recommended.

Hat

It is school policy that all children wear a broad brimmed hat while playing outside. Every child is required to bring a hat to Kindergarten/Pre Primary with their name clearly labelled on it. Children who do not have a hat available are asked to remain in the sheltered sandpits or on the verandah while the other children are at play.

Hats are kept at school in their individual drawers.

Fruit

For Kindergarten and  Pre Primary children are required to bring one piece of fruit to share in the morning. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, vegetables, cheese or any other healthy food alternative is encouraged for ‘fruit time’. The children should have this food separate from their lunch box to put in the fruit bowl when they first arrive.

Lunch

  • Children will need to bring a healthy lunch to Kindergarten/Pre Primary in a lunch box that has the child’s name on both the lid and the box. We ask that you do not send chips, lollies or chocolates.
  • If you send muesli bars or anything in a packet, please open the packet at home, as young children often experience difficulty with these.
  • Please remember to place a spoon in your child’s lunch box if they are having yogurt.
  • If an orange or similar is included in their lunch, please cut into quarters and wrap it.
  • Children may bring a drink if they wish. Pre Primary students are encouraged to bring a labelled water bottle into the classroom for their personal use. Cold water from the water fountain is available.
  • Canteen lunches are available for Kindergarten and Pre Primary children.

Pillow (Kindergarten Children Only)

After lunch we will be having quiet time, when the children will listen to a taped story or some music. Your child will be supplied with a cushion, with a removable cover, to leave at Kindergarten. The cushions will be used for the children to rest their head on during quiet time.

Spare Clothes

In the event of an accident, please have these in their school bag at all times.

Library Bag

As of term two the children will be able to borrow a book once a week from the school library.  Your child will need to have a library bag to protect their borrowed book.  You can either make one (curtain material is best as it has a lining) or you can purchase one from the canteen. These have the school’s emblem on and are very durable.

Money

At times we will need to collect money for an incursion or excursion. It is most helpful for us if money is placed in an envelope and clearly labelled with your child’s name and the event for which the money is payment.

Clothing

Your child is encouraged to wear the school uniform (which is available from the school canteen) and must have a broad brimmed hat.

Boys and girls are encouraged to climb and explore the use of equipment, so comfortable and non-restrictive clothing is essential. Please remember it is inevitable that the children will sometimes come home dirty.

A spare set of clothes/underwear, clearly labelled with your child’s name is essential. These items need to remain in your child’s bag.

Laundry

The paints we use in the centre are water-based and washable. Should it be spilt or splashed on clothing:

  • Soak the garment in COLD water
  • Rub stain with stain remover
  • Wash as normal.

DO NOT USE HOT WATER under any circumstances as this will set the stain.

To assist us with the centre’s laundry i.e. washing of hand towels, we will choose a different child every week to take a bag of washing home.

Sickness

If your child is unwell, please keep them at home even if they wish to come. Children with bad colds, sore throats or tummy upsets are best kept at home.

More health information

Toys

Please do not allow your child to take toys to school. Toys brought to school usually end up lost or broken and become the cause of much distress for all involved.

Playground Equipment

All children (toddlers included) are prohibited from using the equipment before and after school sessions, as the equipment is designed to be used with teacher supervision only. Please help your children to understand and follow these rules.

Contributions and Charges

The Department of Education permits the school to seek payment of contributions for each student enrolled at the school.  While the contribution is only a small amount, it does provide the school with funds to purchase equipment which is valuable in the education of students enrolled at the school. 

Prompt payment of the contribution will be greatly appreciated.

See below for our 2017 Contributions and Charges List.

2017 Contributions and Charges

Payment envelopes will be distributed in Term 1 - February, 2017

School Contribution - 1 Child - $40

Stationery Supplies

A booklist will be given to Kindergarten and Pre Primary students. It is also available here:

Booklist: Kindergarten 2017

Booklist: Pre Primary 2017

Recycled Materials

Recyclable materials are of great value in the early childhood centre. Please bring in:

  • Cardboard boxes and cylinders
  • Cotton reels
  • Packing foam
  • Greeting cards
  • Buttons
  • Egg cartons
  • Beads
  • Corks
  • Plastic containers
  • Wrapping paper
  • Fabric
  • Dress up clothes
  • Dolls clothes.

PLEASE - NO TOILET ROLL INSERTS

Parent Roster

We value the assistance provided by parent helpers and have an expectation that all parents/carers will take their turn in being a parent helper. We understand that some parents/carers are able to assist more frequently than others.

Being a helper provides an opportunity to observe and interact with your child as well as other children. We request that younger brothers and sisters not accompany you to the centre when on roster as it is your Kindergarten/Pre-Primary child’s special time with you. Grandparents are very welcome too!

A roster will be available outside your child’s centre for you to add your name as a parent helper.

Birthdays

On your child’s birthday you are welcome to send along small cakes or a cake large enough for 30 slices. Please ensure the cake ingredients are clearly labelled on the container and the cake does not contain nuts. Please inform the teacher the day before you bring the cake in.

If your child becomes distressed at you leaving

Tantrums are traumatic for the parent and for the child so we would like to give you an idea of the best thing to do should your child have a tantrum or is very teary when being left at school.

If your child becomes upset try to understand that he/she is probably scared you won’t come back. Give your child a hug and reassure them that you will be back. Explain that you will be picking them up and if still teary repeat your reassurance by giving him/her a kiss – then take a deep breath and leave. This is the very best thing to do.

Staff will help to comfort and reassure your child once you have left. In most cases, once you have left your child, there will be no reason to cry and they soon settle into an activity. Delaying your parting makes it harder for you and your child.

If you are still concerned after you have left, ring halfway through the session and we will let you know how they are going. Some children take a while to settle and the tantrums and tears may last a week or more.

Don’t be dismayed or give up. It is most important to be consistent. If you leave your child each day with a reassuring smile and return for them on time they will soon relax and enjoy themselves.