Corowa Preschool was buzzing with smiling, new faces when the Free Press visited their playground recently to check in on their start to the new year.
A new group of children has begun their preschool experience, excited for the great learning and interesting discoveries that lay ahead.
Corowa Preschool Acting Director Teagan Sawyer said staff members were looking forward to another exciting and busy year ahead.
“Here at Corowa Preschool we celebrate each child’s unique interests, strengths and their capacity to contribute to their community,” she said.
“Partnerships with families and communities supports shared responsibility for children’s learning, development and wellbeing.
“We had our welcome barbeque on Thursday afternoon and are proud of the strong relationships we establish and maintain with our families and the overarching sense of belonging our children experience as a result of these partnerships.”
Teagan said collaboration between families and educators meant staff could continue to actively identify shared and individual goals and implement a range of experiences to assist their learning, development and wellbeing.
“We are already several weeks into the year and we are looking forward to getting out into the community,” she said.
“We use the RSL Park frequently and have planned excursions to Redlands Reserve and the Corowa Library already with plans to visit local businesses and schools as they link in with our program and learning experiences across the year.”
Teagan said as well as the many new faces the preschool had welcomed to their community this year, significant changes had been made to cater for those families.
“The ‘Start Strong’ funding model was rolled out in 2016 which resulted in our preschool making changes to staffing, operating and session times as well as reducing fees for 2017,” she said.
“These changes hope to make 600 hours of preschool in the year leading up to starting school more accessible to families across NSW regardless of location or circumstances.
“The benefits of participating in Early Childhood Education not only assists the school readiness and transition but equips children with social, cognitive and emotional skills that take them through to higher levels of education, economic participation and overall wellbeing in later life.”
Families are welcome to contact the preschool for any enquires or drop in for a visit.
For more information or to book a visit phone 6033 1934.