Preschool marks the beginning of your child’s educational journey, when they develop a love for learning. At this early age children are rapidly developing in the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and aesthetic areas. We recognise this is a significant time and that each child is unique, so we respond by ensuring the pace of our programmes suit individual learning needs.
St Mark’s Preschool is a warm and caring environment designed for young children to thrive. Licensed for 50 children, the Preschool has two rooms – the Preschool room for 3 year olds, while the Foundation room, focusing on the transition to school, is for 4 year olds. The children move freely between the two rooms and mix together during play times.
Our qualified teachers help your child celebrate their successes and offer comfort and support when needed. As a parent, it is important to know that your child is in a safe environment that encourages self-confidence through careful nurturing, exploration and discovery.
Children are encouraged to be open-minded while developing self-esteem and strong interpersonal skills: to have a positive image of themselves; to have a positive attitude towards others, and towards learning. Our teachers support and encourage them on their individual learning journey.
St Mark’s Preschool is open from 8:00am until 5:30pm.
The Preschool room offers three-year-olds a safe and nurturing learning environment, providing opportunities for meaningful education to occur across different areas of the curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their independence in an environment where inquiring, thinking, risk-taking, communicating and reflecting are promoted.
A wide range of art activities are offered each day, along with many opportunities for construction, imaginative and family play.Outdoor activities include climbing, balancing, ball skills, water play, carpentry and gardening.
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This room is for children aged from four years of age, and includes our children who have moved through from the three-year-olds’room as well as new children from the wider community.
The programme builds on the foundations started in the Preschool Room. Here children are encouraged to develop early literacy and numeracy skills.The literacy programme includes phonics, daily writing – with each child signing in and learning to write familiar words – and reading when children are ready. The numeracy programme allows children to explore all mathematical concepts including number recognition, counting, ordering, telling the time, geometric shapes and measurement. The use of traditional and ICT technologies are used during these learning experiences.
Children are encouraged to be self-managing, to develop self-esteem and strong interpersonal skills, to engage in appropriate risk-taking and thinking activities, to enjoy being knowledgeable and to be able to reflect on their learning. Our teachers support your child, encouraging and extending them on their individual learning journey.