Elizabeth O'Grady Kindergarten

Welcome to Elizabeth O'Grady Kindergarten


PHILOSOPHY OF THE KINDERGARTEN

Our philosophy is a reflection of what we value and believe about early childhood education. It outlines the goals we aim to achieve in our work with children.

Our context:

Elizabeth O’Grady Kindergarten has a long and proud history as part of the Grange community. We strive to maintain our strong connections by promoting relationships that are based on a respect for diversity and providing a high quality education program delivered by dedicated educators.

For many of our children and families this is their first experience with a formal educational setting. We create a happy, safe and welcoming atmosphere which caters to the needs of the individual while fostering a sense of belonging to a community.

Our environment allows children to explore, create, wonder, solve problems and learn how to interact with others. We provide opportunities for children to engage their senses, build positive pathways for learning, and to develop confidence to take risks.

Our beliefs:

We understand that the family is each child’s first educator and we believe that working in partnership with families is the way to achieve the best outcome for each child. We encourage a sense of belonging by building relationships based on trust and mutual respect. We recognise that to foster these relationships we need to develop common goals and have open and respectful communication.

We know that each child who attends our kindergarten comes with prior experiences and understandings about their world. Our role as educators is to create an environment which provides opportunities for children to build on these understandings and develop positive dispositions for learning. Our play based curriculum is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’ and allows children time to explore, make connections and develop their understandings about the world around them.

Children learn best when they have a positive sense of self and when they feel valued. We believe children to be capable of making decisions about their learning. We foster each child’s well-being when we listen carefully to children and use this knowledge to expand their learning using a range of strategies including intentional teaching and open ended questioning. We encourage children to learn from and support each other. Our cycle of planning and assessment for learning ensures that each child’s voice is included in our ongoing program.

All educators at our kindergarten model positive dispositions for lifelong learning. We do this daily when we ask wondering questions; enjoy learning alongside the children; work together to solve problems; value the process of learning over the end result and know that sometimes we need to fail before we can succeed.

Our aspirations:

At Elizabeth O’Grady Kindergarten we aspire for all children to grow to become capable, confident citizens who contribute to creating a sustainable society; who value lifelong learning and who strive towards reaching their full potential.

We constantly endeavour to improve our work. To achieve this, we engage in rigorous reflective practice which questions what we do and why we do it so that we can achieve better outcomes for children.

We want children to challenge themselves and take risks in learning including stretching their capacity physically, socially and cognitively.

We aim to give children the tools to reflect on their own learning and to develop dispositions which enable them to be independent, creative, risk takers and have a joy for learning.

Contact Information

Director: Kellie Holbrook
Phone: (08) 8356 8035
Address: 6 Charles Sturt Avenue
GRANGE SA 5022
Partnership: Western Adelaide Shores
E-mail: dl.5613.leaders@schools.sa.edu.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elizabethogradykindergarten

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Session Times

The preschool provides the following educational programs for preschool children in the community:

Sessional preschool for children 4 - 5 years of age.

State Government Policy provides for children aged four years to attend up to15 hours of preschool a week for four terms prior to their entry to school. Aboriginal children or children under the Guardianship of the Minister for Families & Communities may attend preschool earlier, please speak with our Director for further information.


Turtle Group Sessions 8.45am - 3.30pm Monday and Wednesday
8.45am - 11.45 Alternate Fridays (odd weeks)
Dolphin Group Sessions: 8.45am - 3.30pm Tuesday and Thursday
8.45am - 11.45 Alternate Fridays (even weeks)

FEES:

$180.00 per term for 15 hours of preschool per week.

Children will need to bring their own lunch and morning and afternoon fruit/snack.

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Parent Information

What children will need to bring:

  1. A broad brimmed hat. The kindergarten is a sun safe centre and children need to wear hats when the UV index is 3 or above.
  2. A bag. A backpack/case to keep spare clothes, cup, food, belongings in.
  3. Two pieces of fruit/vegetable for snack each day.
  4. A named cup or bottle of water. The preschool has filtered water which the children can access all day.
  5. A spare set of clothes. In case of toileting accidents or getting wet during water play.
  6. A healthy lunch in a named container with a frozen cooler. To be placed in the lunch trolley on arrival.

NOTE: All downloads open in a new browser window

Download File Size File Type
Parent Information Book 611KB Adobe PDF
Starting preschool information for families 208KB Adobe PDF
Preschool Enrolment Registration 438 KB Adobe PDF
Parent Complaint Resolution Policy 248 KB Adobe PDF
Nutrition Policy 94 KB Adobe PDF
Behaviour Guidance Code 131 KB Adobe PDF
Priority of Access Guidelines 119 KB Adobe PDF

"How can I put my child's name on the waiting list?
Please download and fill out the Preschool Enrolment Registration Form and return it to the kindergarten with proof of address."

For more information regarding policies, please visit the DECD Policies and Procedures webpage for Early Childhood Services.


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Playgroup Information

A parent playgroup run by our Playgroup coordinator operates on a Friday from 12pm until 2pm.

Playgroup is available to children beginning kindergarten the following year (siblings attend also).

Fees are $35.00 a term.

Please contact the kindergarten for inquiries.

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Planning & Reporting

The Context Statement provides detailed information about our preschool.

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Download File Size File Type
Context Statement 79 KB Adobe PDF
Annual Report 1 MB Adobe PDF
Quality Improvement Plan 600 KB Adobe PDF

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Feedback and complaints

Let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment. Feedback is valuable as it helps us shape our services to meet your needs.

Our parent guide to raising a concern or complaint (PDF 116KB)

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