Orange Preschool is guided by the National Early Years Learning Framework, its principles, practices and learning outcomes. Our aim is to advocate for and provide a high quality, developmentally appropriate and supportive programme. Our programme is based on play as a means of developing children’s social, emotional, intellectual and behavioural abilities.
We support the rights of the child under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, and follow the Code of Ethics as developed by the Australian Early Childhood Association.
Our environment allows children to experience belonging, being and becoming in relation to their family, community, culture and place. We provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment focused on well-being, developing autonomy and readiness for school. We do this through ensuring that as educators our relationships with the children are respectful and nurturing. These relationships and the children’s trust in us, is paramount in everything we do.
We provide a curriculum that supports families and lets each child express and develop their identity and understanding of the world through play based experiences. These positive learning experiences promote and develop social and emotional resilience, independence and problem solving skills. We promote social responsibility for the environment and sustainable practice.
When educators and parents work together children experience successful learning and development. We promote parental and community involvement.
Our educators are professionally trained, confidential and regularly engage in formal and informal professional development. We include consistent and regular reflection and refinement of the children’s learning processes, our programme and ourselves as educators.
We advocate and promote inclusive participation and celebration of all cultures, religions and lifestyle choices and believe partnerships are based on mutual trust, respect and open communication. It is important to respect our nation’s first people. We give each child and their family, the opportunity to have a voice.
We aim to be financially accessible for as many families as possible and strive to provide 600 hours of a preschool programme in the year before school for as many children as possible.
Our Families say
We've had two of our children (and a third in coming years) wander into Orange Preschool, and the growth and confidence the kids develop over the course of those days, weeks, months and years after that first day really is like watching a flower blossom. All of the staff there are wonderful at their jobs, and have given our kids the best possible tools - self belief, problem-solving skills, a sense of community and the feeling of belonging - they can have to venture off to big school. And, importantly, they do it all while allowing the kids to have fun in a safe and secure environment. We love the play areas, really enjoy the art the kids bring home and can't wait to hear all the stories the kids bring home with them after a day at the school. We love Orange Preschool, and can't wait to see the facility really come to life (even more than it is already!) when the renovations are complete. Myself and my wife feel it's important to give our kids the best possible foundation before they head off to big school, and Orange Preschool provides that and then some. Well done to everyone involved there - keep up the GREAT work!
Our children have all been very happy at Orange Preschool. The staff are always happy and they have a really nice energy. We are so happy to find a service that understands our family values and we can see this in how our children are cared for. We felt very supported during Covid and we always know about our our child's day. Thankyou.
I love Sonya and the playdough and they always get us new clothes if we have a little accident, but I don't need new clothes as I have new clothes in my bag. We also watched a caterpillar thingy to see what happens because Phoebe the caterpillar is in her cocoon.
Greta (4yrs), 2022
It is a friendly place. All of the parents and the staff seem happy and say hello to each other. The educators talk with me and show an interest in my child. They always let me know what is happening with my child. I love that it isn't a stock standard service, there is always something different going on like little camping areas and climbing tubes, the kids grow plants and have experiences with animals. I feel really relaxed whenever I am there. We have been at the service 7 years and it is always evolving and improving. I think it is even better now than it was when we started there and it was great then!
The educators are always there for you and they are very nice to you. If you are sad they always make you feel better and they bring in their pets and bring in their animals. They always give you toast aswell.
Joss - Orange Preschool Kindergarten Alumni
The educators are always nice to me and I love going there and seeing them. I love going on the swings and the climbing thingy.
Roarke - Orange Preschool Kindergarten Alumni
I love that I get to see Sonya, Jess Keppie, Tash and Jess McGrath and Triney and my cousins and sister.
Knox - Orange Preschool Kindergarten Alumni
Orange preschool has been a wonderful centre for our daughter to attend. The educators are kind, gentle and respectful. They develop programs that are of interest to the children and that make learning fun and effortless. They stay tuned with the children’s interests, cultural backgrounds and outside experiences, and make a wonderful job of incorporating it into their program. A lot of reflexion goes behind the activities that are offered and the way that they are delivered. Each child belongs there in their own way and is given a voice, which is so powerful for them as they are building a sense of who they are. They also learn to be respectful of their peers and to honour difference. I find communication with the families is outstanding. Every change or significant information is communicated through the Educa platform. It is very easy to speak to an educator either at drop off or pick up, or over the phone. The team are very responsive when something is brought up to an educator and they are always lovely to speak with. I highly recommend Orange preschool and look forward to our little one attending in a couple of years. Thank you to Sonya and all the teachers at Orange preschool for giving our children an opportunity to grow in a safe, fun and caring environment.