Since 2008 the Duffy preschool has been amalgamated with the school and has become an important part of the school community. Preschool education is provided for all four year olds who turn four by 30 April. Enrolment forms are available at the school office and once enrolled students automatically continue on to Kindergarten at Duffy Primary school.
Staff at the preschool work closely with school staff and are a part of the Junior (P to 2) professional learning team who meet regularly to ensure a consistent approach and common programs are available for all children. As well as a common approach to learning, liaison with the preschool ensures that the transition to kindergarten is smooth and enjoyable. Preschool students regularly visit the main part of the school and a buddy class system ensures that children feel comfortable when in the school.
Duffy Preschool Unit Philosophy Statement
The Duffy Preschool unit philosophy builds upon our school’s vision statement and the principles from the Early Years Learning Framework.
We build secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with all members of the community.
At our preschool, the educators:
Ensure that the interests, abilities and culture of every child and their family are understood, valued and respected
Encourage children as active participants for sustainability, influencing the quality of life now, and for future generations.
Respect the views and feelings of each child
Initiate warm, trusting and reciprocal relationships with children.
Provide safe and stimulating environments for children.
Build on children’s prior learning and experiences to build continuity for their learning and development.
A new, national early learning framework for children from birth to five years has been developed.
The Early Years Learning Framework has been developed to ensure your child receives quality education programs in their early childhood setting. This is a vital time for them to learn and develop.
The Framework‘s vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. http://www.deewr.gov.au/Earlychildhood/Programs/EarlyChildhoodEducation/Pages/default.aspx
Information for Parents Handbook
Duffy Preschool Information for Families Handbook 2012 - PDF (645.8KB) Word (2.6MB)