- Miss Rachel Hogan
- Mrs Hayley Halpin
Units of Inquiry
Who we are
Personal characteristics develop and grow over time
Term 1 Week 1 - 10
How we express ourselves
Creativity is used to express uniqueness
Term 2 Week 1 - 10
How the world works
Cycles are repeating patterns
Term 3 Week 1 - 10
Sharing the planet
Actions can support a sustainable environment
Term 4 Week 1 - 10
(Units of Inquiry may run a week longer or shorter than the expected time frame.)
Children at Deakin Preschool are nurtured and challenged through a play based approach to learning. This Education, which is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and the Early Years Learning Framework (of the Australian Curriculum) values creativity, personal identity, self-expression , meaning and independence. This approach fosters children's individual needs, interests and skills, creating a learning environment in which children can progress at their own pace. Activities that foster cultural diversity within the community, language, individuality and real life issues are embedded in the programme. At Deakin Preschool we strongly believe that it is important to recognise and respect diversity within the school, curriculum, families and community.
Deakin Preschool Philosophy
The early childhood years lay important foundations for children’s future education. Young children should be given opportunities to explore and discover through play which will enable them to express themselves as creative individuals. During play, children learn from each other. The teacher’s role is to guide learning and extend upon the children’s interests. However, this pedagogy should be balanced with planned activities that foster language and literacy, mathematics and science concepts, cultural diversity and sustainability and caring for the environment in order to prepare the children for future learning while still focusing on the children’s interests, individuality and real-life issues. Considerable emphasis should be on creativity and self-expression, personal identity, meaning and having fun.
Deakin Preschool uses an integrated inquiry approach to curriculum. This process assists children to make connections and helps learning make sense. It is inclusive and fosters authentic links between curriculum areas. It helps students understand what they are learning and why they are learning, and it develops higher order thinking skills.
At Deakin Preschool, social skills which foster language development, independence, respect for others, confidence and a sense of fairness are explicitly taught which enable the children to learn to negotiate with each other, work cooperatively and manage their emotions in a positive way. In order for children to continue to learn, the educators must provide an environment that is safe, secure and celebrates diversity.
Education is a continuous learning journey where teachers, parents and children have a valuable opportunity to learn from one another, sharing equal status. Deakin Preschool is committed to equity and believes that all children have the capacity to succeed, to work together with others and to share ideas. In turn, children become responsible for their own learning. Educators at Deakin work to enhance children’s self-esteem, empowering them to see themselves as capable learners, encouraging individuality and teaching children to think critically and analytically. It is important to recognise and respect diversity within the school, curriculum, families and community.
Preschool Session Times
Monday and Tuesday
8:45am - 2:45pm
Thursday and Friday
8:45am - 2:45pm
Wednesday (Weeks 1,3,5,7,9 each term)
8:45am - 2:45pm
Wednesday (Weeks 2,4,6,8,10 each term)
8:45am - 2:45pm
Location and Contact Information
Address: Hopetoun Street, Deakin ACT 2603
Phone: (02) 6142 2853
Children who turn four years of age, on or before 30th April are eligible to attend preschool.
Enrolments are accepted through the online enrolment form on the Education Directorate website from the first day of Term 2 of the year prior to your child starting preschool. Please go to https://www.education.act.gov.au
Alternatively, you can contact the front office at Forrest Primary School for more information about enrolment.
Address: Hobart Ave, Forrest ACT 2603
Phone: (02) 61421470
National Quality Standard Quality Improvement Plan
Please click on the link below to download a copy of our Quality Improvement Plan
Quality Improvement Plan 2019
Education and Care Services - Laws and Regulations
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Preschool Policies and Procedures
Please click the link to access the Preschool Policies and Procedures