St Thomas’ Preschool provides children with a broad range of special activities that accelerate their learning and make coming to Preschool fun! These activities add interest and excitement to the normal Preschool routine. Here are some examples of special visitors to the Preschool:
- Firefighters with their firetruck teach the children about fire safety
- Police teach the children about safety and strangers
- The Living Safely with Dogs program teaches children how to approach and interact with dogs
- A dentist teaches the children about dental hygiene
- The duckling hatch and grow program shows the children how ducklings hatch from eggs and grow
- Artists assist the children to create art using a wide variety of materials
- Scientists teach the children about nature and the universe
- Musicians entertain the children and introduce them to a variety of musical instruments
In terms 1, 2 & 3 the children perform a special musical item at a 10am Sunday service at St Thomas’ Church. The children take part in the service and then join their families afterwards for morning tea and fun activities.
In term 4 the Preschool children perform a special Christmas play, usually framed around the nativity story and performed in the church hall.
In addition, the children in the three day group have monthly trips to Stanton Library for story time and book borrowing. The children also really delight in preparing a special breakfast for their dads around Father’s Day and morning tea for their mums around Mother’s Day.
The childrens’ learning and participation is recorded and documented throughout the year. This is shared with parents through daily written communications, informal conversations and at the parent/teacher chats held annually. At the end of the preschool year, parents are provided with a portfolio showing their child’s journey through the year, including photos, stories and artwork. The portfolio provides a wonderful, tangible memory of each child’s Preschool experience.