Preschool is an important early step on your child’s journey through education, giving them the chance to play, learn, grow and develop as part of an organised educational program. At Whyalla Stuart Early Childhood Centre we pride ourselves in providing a play based educational program that is child centred and children’s learning is proudly displayed within the centre. We are very proud to have received an Exceeding National Quality Standards rating upon being assessed by ACEQUA.
The Department of Education and Child Development introduced the single intake policy in 2013. This may affect when your child is able to begin kindergarten.
If your child turns four before May 1, they will start preschool on the first day of Term One in that year.
If your child turns four on or after May 1, they will start preschool on the first day of Term One the following year.
In this eligible year, your child is entitled to 15 hours of preschool. This equates to five sessions and can be made up of full and half days.
|Morning Sessions:||9:00 am to 11:50 am|
|Afternoon Sessions:||12:30 pm to 3:20 pm|
|Full Day||9:00 am to 3:20 pm|
As part of statewide funding Indigenous children are eligible to access a preschool program from Three years of age.
- $45 per Term
- Early Bird fee is $40 (paid within the first two weeks of term)
- Fees can be paid in instalments. Centrepay deductions and bank transfer is available.
Occasional Care is offered to children from two years of age, up until they commence full time preschool. It is an excellent opportunity for children to socialise, play and learn and parents/caregivers to have time for themselves.
This service is offered on a Thursday and regular bookings made each term according to the priority of access policy and required child:staff ratios. If there is no current available places you will be placed on the waiting list for the next available term. Where there is a high demand for places, sessions may be allocated on a fortnightly basis.
- $5 per session without a Health Care card
- $1.50 per session with a Health Care card concession.
Inclusive Preschool Program
The Inclusive Preschool Program (IPP) supports children with disability and high support needs to optimise their learning outcomes within our localised preschool setting. The program provides families with a preschool education option for their child that is both local and has specialised educational expertise.
The IPP is staffed with a dedicated teacher and ECW who work collaboratively with the preschool staff, contributing their skills and expertise in the planning and delivery of quality, developmentally appropriate programs for children with disabilities with high support needs. The IPP staff develop individual learning plans for each child in the IPP.
The preschool operates as a Centre with expertise in the inclusion of children with disabilities with high support needs by sharing expertise with the local network of preschools.
IPP session times
|Monday to Friday:||9:00 am to 11:50 am|
Aboriginal Family Literacy Strategy
The Aboriginal Family Literacy Strategy provides an additional teacher to connect and engage three year old Aboriginal Children, 4 year old Aboriginal Children prior to their eligible year of preschool and families with our preschool program. The AFL Strategy focusses on fostering positive relationships, a love of learning, valuing early childhood education and providing personalised and engaging learning experiences. We value and believe families are important educators of their children and focus on working as a team to create an engaging learning environment at our centre. The strategy currently supports 11 sites across South Australia and we are very fortunate to have this strategy at our site.