What does my child need to bring to preschool?
  • A hat that protects their face, ears and neck eg Baseball caps and visors do not provide adequate protection and are not recommended by the Cancer Council. (see our section on our sun safe policy)
  • A bag that can fit a hat, spare clothes, a solid lunch box , snack and water bottle
  • Dress your child in comfortable, practical clothes that they can manage.
  • Lunch – healthy lunch, water bottle. No Nuts – Kiama Preschool is nut free.
  • Spare clothes – for water play or toileting accidents.
  • Shoes for active play – joggers. Thongs and slip ons are not suitable for running and climbing.
When are you open?

Monday to Friday during school terms and is closed during school vacations.

Hours are 8.00am – 3.30pm with the possibility of extended hours

Our extended hours are 3.30pm to 4.00pm with an additional fee.

Do you get children ready for school?
The short answer is ‘yes’ although “school readiness” means different things to different people. At Kiama preschool we implement Early Years Learning Framework. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is a national early childhood curriculum framework. The EYLF draws on conclusive international evidence that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning. Albert Einstein quoted that “Play is the highest form of research”.

Getting ready for school begins when your child starts preschool. The skills children need in order to make a smooth transition to school goes beyond letters and numbers. They need to be able to participate in group environments, to interact with peers and adults, to manage frustrations, to have confidence in their abilities as learners. We view getting ready for school as an opportunity to develop skills that will not only help with school but also with life.

We have an established Transition to School program which includes children, families and the local schools.

Can parents contribute?
Yes. We welcome parent’s into our preschool. We are your partners in the education of your children and we welcome the opportunity to work with you. You can contribute in many different ways eg

joining the management committee

sharing your interests or work with the children

helping in our garden

spending time at preschool

participating in working bees

Why choose Kiama Preschool?
  • Kiama Preschool is a well regarded part of the Kiama Community providing preschool education for over 40 years. We now have many children attending whose parents also attended our preschool!
  • In 2014 and again in 2019, we were awarded the rating of “Exceeding the National Quality Standards”.
  • Our staff team all hold different levels of Early Childhood Education qualifications and have extensive experience
  • The outdoor environment provides children with the opportunity to stretch their muscles, breathe in some fresh air, enjoy some sunshine (or rain) and enjoy some freedom in space. Children use the outdoors to explore, discover, wonder, be spontaneous, take calculated risks, express themselves and much, much more.
  • We provide a literacy and numeracy rich environment where the children are encouraged and guided to try out new ideas, experiment, predict and discover- thus developing their competence and confidence to become active and involved participants in learning.
What are the National Quality Standards?
Quality Area 1: Educational Program and Practice

Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety

Quality Area 3: Physical Environment

Quality Area 4: Staffing arrangements

Quality Area 5: Relationships with Children

Quality Area 6: Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities

Quality Area 7: Leadership and Service Management

Kiama Preschool received an ‘exceeding’ rating in all areas

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