Our Preschool Program for 3-5 Year Olds in NSW
About Aurrum Kids’ Preschool Program
At the heart of Aurrum Kids is our play-based curriculum, which is designed to support the natural curiosity of children and instil a lifelong passion for learning. Each of our childcare centres is a treasure trove of exciting features and activities that encourage children to explore and discover. From our innovative Playground to Plate program and open art spaces to climbing structures and water play areas, we ensure that every child finds joy and enrichment in our Preschool Learning Program.
Our architecturally-designed facilities are safe havens that provide a sensory-rich backdrop for learning, with each space intentionally crafted to nurture emotional wellbeing. We empower children to be explorers and creators in their environment, making decisions in their learning through spontaneous and structured play, both indoors and outdoors. Each Aurrum Kids centre blends safety, sensory stimulation and emotional support to foster a welcoming early learning experience.
We know that a balanced diet is crucial for child development and growth. That’s why our Preschool Program offers a carefully curated menu to support healthy eating at childcare that caters to the specific nutritional needs of young children. We source fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to prepare meals that are both nutritious and delicious, encouraging healthy eating habits from an early age.
All Preschool Programs are run by Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teachers, ensuring that your child is in the best possible hands. The educators at Aurrum Kids are passionate about nurturing young minds and are committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment.
Our Community Engagement
We actively engage young learners with the world outside our door through numerous incursions and excursions. These activities are diverse, encompassing everything from cooking classes and yoga sessions to local library visits and bush walks. Our School Readiness program is another community-focused aspect of our Preschool Program that helps to facilitate a smooth transition into formal education. Through our partnerships, we provide children with opportunities to visit local schools where they can interact with older peers, become familiar with the school setting, and build confidence.
6:30am – Centre opens – Family Grouping
7:45am – Move to room – Small Group Activities provided
8:00am – 9:00am –Small Group activities
9:00am – Welcome Group time
9:15am – Progressive Morning Tea/ Indoor Program – Curriculum
10:00am- Morning Group time (literacy focus)
10:30am -11:15am – Indoor Program – Curriculum Implementation/Observations
11:15am – Midday Mat time (Musical/Movement focus)
11:45am- 12:30pm – Progressive Lunch time
12:30pm – 2:45pm – Indoor/Outdoor Program – Curriculum Implementation/Observations
2:45- Afternoon Group time (Show and Tell)
3:00pm – Progressive Afternoon Tea
3:30pm – 5pm – Indoor/Outdoor Program – Curriculum Implementation/Observations
5:00pm – Family Grouping
6:30pm – Centre Closes
*Please note this is just an example of what a typical day could look like.
Nestled in the heart of Western Sydney, our Penrith centre offers a nurturing and stimulating environment, where your child can explore and discover through a play-based Preschool Learning Program.
The NSW Start Strong Affordable Preschool Program provides financial assistance to eligible families for up to 600 hours of early childhood education and care per child per year.
Frequently asked questions
What are the qualifications and experience of the staff who work in your Preschool Program?
The educators at Aurrum Kids’ preschool for 5, 4 and 3 year olds are carefully selected for their qualifications, experience, and passion for early childhood education. The educators running our Preschool Program hold Bachelor qualifications. They are also assisted by passionate team members who are either Certificate 3 or Diploma qualified. In addition to their qualifications, each team member undergoes continuous professional development to ensure they are equipped with the latest and best practices in nurturing and educating young minds.
How is preschool different from daycare?
Preschool and daycare serve different needs, though they may overlap in some services. Preschool Programs are specifically designed to prepare children for the educational journey ahead, focusing on structured learning and developmentally appropriate curricula that introduce key concepts and skills needed for school. It typically caters to children aged 3-5 and operates on a schedule similar to schools. Daycare, on the other hand, provides care for children in a safe environment and can cater to a broader age range. It often offers more flexible hours to accommodate the varying schedules of parents and may focus more on play and care than on education.
What do kids learn in preschool?
Literacy and Numeracy:
- Introduction to the alphabet and basic phonics.
- Recognition of numbers, understanding of basic mathematical concepts.
- Familiarity with shapes and patterns.
- Sharing and cooperative play.
- Taking turns and participating in group activities.
- Building friendships and understanding social cues.
- Identifying and expressing emotions appropriately.
- Developing empathy and concern for others.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving.
- Asking questions and exploring for answers.
- Memory retention and following multi-step instructions.
- Engaging in art projects to develop fine motor skills.
- Participating in music and dance to foster rhythm and body awareness.
- Imaginative play and storytelling to encourage creativity and self-expression.
Is preschool the same as kindergarten?
In New South Wales, preschool and kindergarten are not the same. Preschool Programs are often for children between the ages of 3 and 5 and are more focused on play-based learning designed to develop foundational skills. Kindergarten, on the other hand, is the first formal year of schooling, typically for children aged 5-6 and it follows a more structured educational curriculum.