As a Community Based Preschool, we have a fundamental belief that in order for us to care for
and educate your child to the highest possible standards, we must work closely together with
you as the parent.
We acknowledge that you know more about your child than we will ever know and it’s our aim
to unite your detailed information about your child with our professional knowledge and skills to
create the best possible opportunities for your child to grow and develop.
Your input is invaluable to our program. There are several ways you can contribute to the
• Filling in the parental participation section of the enrolment form.
• Verbal discussion with staff about your child’s current interests.
• Answering questions or writing suggestions in our electronic daily journal.
• Writing a note and putting it into the suggestion box on the sign in desk or handing it to
one of our educators.
Here’s What To Bring Daily
• A nutritious and litter-free lunch.
• A bottle of water.
• 2 changes of spare clothes (including underwear) as we sometimes get wet, muddy,
smothered in paint or all 3!
• A comfort toy for relaxation time if needed.
• A piece of fruit for Munch & Crunch
• Sheets & pillow for rest time
Please ensure your child is dressed in comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty,
painted on and also allow for climbing. If you’re worried about your child’s clothes being
damaged or stained, we recommend you purchase a Gumnut preschool t-shirt.
Also ensure your child wears shoes that are comfortable, with a covered toe and strap around
their heel or ankle. Thongs are a tripping hazard and not permitted.
Please label EVERYTHING! We are sure preschool is where all the lost odd socks live!
What Not To Bring To Preschool
• Toys (we have plenty here)
• Chocolate, nuts or foods containing chocolate such as choc-chip muesli bars or
chocolate biscuits, lollies, roll ups, chips, cordial, fruit juice, nuts, peanut butter or nutella.
What To Do On Arrival
Arrival time is between 9 am and 9:30am Monday to Wednesday 8 am to 9 am Thursday
and Friday so that you can have a relaxed unhurried morning. (Please sign in on arrival and
departure of your child every time).
Upon arrival, it is important not to appear rushed to your child. Children often pick up on
the hurriedness and tend to feel insecure when this happens. It’s also important that you feel
comfortable and secure leaving your child with us. On the other hand, staying for too long with a
child who is not settling can be a hindrance to their separation.
In order to ensure a smooth transition at this time:
• Ensure that your child’s bag is in their locker; fruit in the bowl (for sharing at morning tea
time) and lunch is in the fridge.
• If someone other than you is picking up your child that day, please ensure you write this
in the comments column of the sign in sheet and personally inform us of who they are
and how we can identify them.
• Remember children must be dropped off and collected by an adult over 18 years of age.
This person must also be on your child’s enrolment form as an authorized pick up. If
they’re not, you can easily add them…..just let us know.
• Assist your child to settle into an activity area and engage with them in their play for a
few minutes before saying goodbye. It’s a good idea to make the break and leave while
your child is busy and engaged in an activity.
If you are concerned that your child may have trouble separating, please ask a staff member
to assist you. We will endeavour to make this transition as smooth as possible. Remember,
tears usually only last for a few minutes……so feel free to ring and check on how things are
going 15 minutes after you have left.
What To Do On Departure
Pick up time is between 2:30pm and 3pm Monday to Wednesday and 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Thursday and Fridays. Please remember to sign them out of the Preschool.
In order to ensure a smooth transition at this time:
• Ensure that your child’s bag has their lunch box and drink bottle in it
• Collect your child’s sheets and pillow
• Check your child’s file for any notes, artwork or messages from the teachers
• Check the shoe box for your child’s shoes
• Check the lost property box for missing items
• Catch the eye of a staff member so that they can say goodbye to your child personally
Your Child’s Independence
Remember that if your child is attending school next year, it is important for them to participate
in the unpacking process more and more each week so that by the end of the year they are
able to carry their bag into Preschool and unpack independently.
Here at Preschool we also encourage and teach the children to independently:
• Put on their shoes and socks
• Unpack their relaxation time sheets and make their bed
• Pack their relaxation time sheets away
• Dress and undress themselves
• Tie their shoe laces toward the end of the year
You are welcome to bring small cupcakes or similar to celebrate your child’s birthday. Please
be mindful of bringing enough and of food allergies (we have a no nuts policy). If your family
doesn’t wish your child to participate in birthdays, please let the staff know so that we can
occupy them elsewhere during these times.
Volunteering and Maintenance
As a small community-run preschool, we encourage and greatly appreciate active participation
by all parents in the daily proceedings as well as other activities.
At any time and for no reason at all you can stay and assist the daily school activities with your
child. Parents are welcome to stay all day if desired, it adds to our atmosphere and can help on
especially busy days.
In this regard, we encourage parents to:
• Attend or otherwise complete maintenance points per term (see below)
• Come to our Parent Management Committee meetings each term. You may like to take
on an active role, but opinions are welcome also
• Talk with your child’s educators on a regular basis
• Assist their child in settling into the day by engaging in an activity with them
• Come in and look around at our artwork and displays…..they are made from your child’s
• Read our daily program, regular newsletters and daily notice board to see what we’ve
been up to
• Volunteer for Working Bees or suggest any additional assistance – we love to hear from
Our maintenance is managed with community help and with a points system – 6 points per
term per family in order to waive the $60 a term maintenance fee. This is designed to assist the
preschool as well as giving maximum flexibility to families.
There is a wide variety of maintenance items that may be suitable for you, as well as completing
a parent day or working bee to waive the fee also. See the maintenance list at front desk to
volunteer for a particular activity to be exempted or refunded at end of term.
If you choose Parent Helper days, you will be involved in all aspects of your child’s day and greatly
assist the staff in providing quality experiences for the children.
If you have a special talent you would like to share such as cooking, sewing, art, a second
language, etc; you would be more than welcome to share this with us on your day. When you
participate in a Parent Helper day or maintenance points once per term, your Maintenance
Levy will be waived.