Little Saints Preschool Philosophy
We are focused on creating a loving caring community, dedicated to providing a safe learning environment, inspiring all to achieve their full potential. We recognise the diversity of learners, encourage and develop respect for others, a love for learning and a desire to grow to maturity in Christ.
Children and relationships: Little Saints is all about the Children! We see each child as unique and have a strong family and environmental focus. We strive to create a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all of our children and their families and recognise the cultural diversity of all who attend. We believe all children can learn and aim to assist them in achieving all that they can.
Families and Communities:We value the parents and caregivers of our students as the primary educators of their children and aim to partner with them in their child’s learning. We encourage family and community input into our program.
Educational program and practice: Play is a vital part of childhood and growing up. At Little Saints Preschool we believe children learn much from being outdoors in an environment with challenges and elements essential to well-rounded learning. Children learn to develop social, physical and emotional skills through play. Providing children with an indoor and outdoor learning environment that incorporates areas for quiet, natural, creative, active and stimulating play allows children to learn whilst using their imagination. By inviting a child to use their initiative and explore possibilities we provide them with the best opportunities to learn.
We follow the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Framework. Our program is based on encouraging learning through the children’s interests and strengths in small or large groups, or one on one interaction. Each child’s developmental progression, advancing skill levels and particular interests are noted by their teachers and the knowledge used to inform and support all children’s learning.
Little Saints Preschool also explores school readiness and covers all developmental areas. The children learn pre-writing, pre-reading and pre-maths skills. In addition, they learn skills to develop friendships and adjust to new environments such as ‘big school’ through an easy transition program that allows each child to get to know the staff and families of the primary school and to take part in additional programs of the school. One of the aims of Little Saints is to give children a firm foundation for entering primary school and giving them a head start in their education.
Physical Environment: Little Saints is located in a tranquil semi- rural location with access to large open and natural areas. Children have the opportunity to play in the rain, balance along fallen logs, climb trees, find insects, draw with sticks, get involved in dramatic play and make mud pies.
Health and Safety: Children will learn to face challenges and take risks with a positive approach and in a supportive and safe environment. Through play children will connect with and learn to respect nature and the land in a way that cannot be taught in a class room. A strong emphasis is placed on encouraging challenge and ensuring that children learn in safety.
Staff: Partnership with parents and families are essential at Little Saints, to establish strong, respectful relationships to find out as much as possible about our students’ needs, cultural aspects, interests and strengths. We value learning from our families about the richness of cultural diversity and expression in our children’s home lives. Staff are learners too and will work together to provide a learning enriched environment in which all can grow and flourish.
Leadership and service management: Little Saints operates within the same environment/location/site as St John’s Lutheran School. As such it is supported by expert leadership, fully qualified and accredited teachers, quality support staff including maintenance and cleaning, and with the appropriate policies and procedures in place. The children in our care are in good hands! We are no ordinary preschool!
Little Saints Preschool Information
Our popular and fun pre-Kinder program for 3 – 5 year olds.
Little Saints Preschool is a full time, yet flexibly program for children wanting a little bit more stimulation and challenge.
One of the main advantages for children attending Little Saints is having a fully trained teacher, and have full use of the school’s facilities. As such they have both a library and music lesson, along with a specialized sport lesson per week and have some exciting larger than life buddies in Year 5 helping to make their time at school even more exciting and enjoyable.
Little Saints Preschool is open from 8.30am to 4pm.
At “Little Saints”- children take part in many of the activities that you would find in a normal school setting.
On different days of the week they have:
- One library lesson per week where they are able to borrow and read books in our School’s library.
- Participate in Rhythm and Rhyme where our School Music teacher takes them for a music appreciation lesson.
- A specialist PE lesson – with our School’s PE teacher taking them for a class
- “Little Explorers”program in Terms 2 & 3
- Participation in our whole school Chapel services on a Friday
They have recess and lunch at the same time as the School students, which assists them in beginning to learn the structure of a school day.
Each child is given an older Year 5 buddy at the school, who helps to look after them and care for them and initially eat recess and lunch with them. This helps to take away any concerns about the ‘bigger’ children at the school.
Preparation for their Primary schooling is also enhanced by their attendance at many of the normal school programs and events of the main school, such as:
- Whole School Chapel
- School Sports Days
- School Assemblies, including receiving Merit awards etc
Little Saints Enrolment
Enrolment is as simple as downloading an enrolment form, filling it out and bringing it in to the School where you will be able to meet with the Principal/Director and receive a guided tour of the school and its facilities. In order to avoid disappointment, please phone beforehand to make an appointment time.
“Little Saints Preschool” operates throughout the normal school year. Children are to be enrolled for at least 2 days per week but are able to attend 5 days a week.
Hours of Attendance
Little Saints children attend from 8.30am to 4pm. St. John’s overs a TNT (try new things) after hours program which Little Saints children are able to attend. This is booked through the School’s front office.
To become part of the “Little Saints” class, children are to be 3 – 5 years old. Children attending “Little Saints” must be toilet trained as nappy changing facilities are not available.
Classroom and facilities
Little Saints children have their own fully air-conditioned/heated classroom and playground, fully enclosed by a child proof fence.
They also have their own toilet facilities and playground equipment.
We provide all puddle suits for the “Little Explorers” during Terms 2 & 3 where the children participate in outdoors education to the fullest.
For more information please contact our Service Leader Tori on 02 60 263 220