Lalor Park Preschool is a non-profit, community-based preschool funded by the State Government. We offer a high quality educational program for children in their year prior to school, which is based on the National Quality Framework, ‘Early Years Learning Framework- Belonging, Being and Becoming’.
We aim to contribute positively to children’s leaning by providing an inclusive environment where they can develop a strong sense of identity and wellbeing, feel safe and have an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to their world. We aim to provide an integrated enquiry based curriculum where children have many opportunities to learn through play to become confident, involved learners and effective communicators.
The preschool is licensed by the Department of Education and Communities for 40 children each day and priority is given to children in their year prior to school.
Children can attend 2 or 3 consecutive days per week- Monday/Tuesday or Monday/Tuesday/ Wednesday, or Thursday/Friday or Wednesday/Thursday/Friday.
Children can go on the waiting list after their 2nd birthday and families are strongly encouraged to do this as soon as possible as the waiting list is extensive. There is no waiting list fee. Families are welcome to visit at any time and ask questions about the preschool and the children’s program. ** Currently due to COVID-19 we are unable to have visitors at our service.
Our Educational Leader leads a team of highly qualified and experienced educators to ensure the children’s programs and learning environments are of the highest quality.
Our Early Childhood Teachers are University trained with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and all other Educators hold either a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or a Certificate III in children’s services. All Educators have many years of experience working with children and have been with the preschool long term. In addition to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) , the Nominated Supervisor also holds a Masters of Education (Leadership).
The Department of Education and Communities specifies staffing regulations and Lalor Park Preschool well exceeds these minimum standards in both educator ratios and qualifications. We believe this is vital in the provision of high quality educational programs that facilitates children’s learning and development in preparation for their transition to school.
All educators hold a current First Aid Certificate, as well as Anaphylaxis, Asthma and Child Protection Certificates. All staff members hold a Working With Children Check and are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
All educators regularly attend courses and training in different areas of early childhood education to keep their knowledge and practices up to date, refresh and extend their knowledge, and further contribute to the provision of a high quality programs and learning environments for children.