2 yrs to 6 yrs
2 yrs to 6 yrs
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We love Northside!!!!
We couldn’t recommend it more to get your child ready for kindergarten.
— Anita, Balgowlah Heights
My husband and I have done the big centres, and this is such a welcome change of pace for us.
This is what it really means to have people just as good as your own family looking after your children.
It’s not fancy or new and shiny, but it feels like home for our son in the day whilst we work.
We have built the most beautiful relationships with the parents and teachers there.
— Leasa, Balgowlah
Another Northside convert!!
My daughter went to Northside for over 2 years and was devastated when she had to leave for big-school.
The most wonderful teachers and environment. Love what the ladies have created.
— Bec, Fairlight
We love Northside too!
Cannot recommend it more highly.
Our daughter absolutely loves going there and is cared for so well.
— Juliet, Balgowlah
We loved being part of Northside these last 2 years and were incredibly sad to leave for school this year.
Best teachers and nurturing environment, and my son whizzed into school having such a strong foundation built here.
— Alana, Balgowlah Heights
Such a wonderful, wonderful place.
Such loving and caring staff and my daughter thrived there too.
— Leighanne, Balgowlah Heights
The best thing I ever did was to move my daughter to Northside Preschool.
Consistent staff, barely any sickness, the cosy feel, personable, makes it easy for me to highly recommend.
— Holly, Balgowlah
Northside Preschool’s aim is to prepare children for school who are capable, confident and sensitive to others and respectful to adults. The children going on to kindergarten will know many academic concepts and have developed excellent skills, but more importantly, they will have developed a confident and enthusiastic approach to learning.
The dedicated Early Childhood Professionals, regard children as unique individuals who learn and develop skills through exploration, creativity and investigation.
Learning is supported through providing a developmentally appropriate program that caters for individual needs and is implemented within an encouraging, warm and safe environment.
The program is designed to foster and develop:
These six key areas of child development are the focus of the program:
The team at Northside Preschool are compassionate, friendly and positive educators who get to know your child to give them the highest level of individual, personalised care. The longstanding team loves the community spirit at the centre. The educators make Northside Preschool a safe, and welcoming environment for your child, creating a home away from home atmosphere.
The educators understand the first years are critical in a child’s development and follow a teaching philosophy that ensures children develop the right foundations for a happy life through play, relationships, physical activity, emotional and physical safety, healthy eating and community.
I am so proud of the warm and nurturing environment that is Northside Preschool, and of the relationships that our wonderful Teachers have built with our children and their Families.
Carley - Educator
I incorporate my passions for helping others and sustainability into the lesson plans for the children to develop their social/emotional skills. Northside has been like a second home to me and I absolutely love working here.
Eloise - Educator
I enjoy creating inviting play spaces for the children to explore and learn through play.
Chelsea - Educator
Health and nutrition is very important to the team at Northside Preschool. Everyday they provide nutritious morning tea, hot lunch, and afternoon tea, as well as seasonal fresh fruit, and healthy snacks. Meals are especially prepared every day by the specialist caterers at Kids Gourmet Food who have expertise in childhood nutrition.
Meals follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines and rotate on a six-week basis. A variety of options help children develop a love for healthy food and experience new cuisines from different cultures. The healthy, balanced meals include fresh vegetables and legumes, seasonal fruit, wholegrains and seeds, lean fresh meat and fish, and dairy options.
All food can be catered to allergies, intolerances, and cultural dietary requirements.
Sneha is starting her morning by pasting a collage of feathers onto a picture of a chicken she drew. She likes how the feathers feel in her hands and gets to practice her fine motor skills.
After lunch, Sneha wants to play outside on the playground. There are plenty of activities and equipment for Sneha to climb, explore and practice imaginative play with. All of this exercise surely is tiring her out!
For the afternoon, Sneha is relaxing, playing with the dolls with her friends. Sneha loves playing with the babies and putting them to sleep and making sure they have full bellies.
Ash is starting his morning playing with his friends on one of the group tables. Ash and his friends are drawing each other on paper with different crayons, textas and pencils.
Ash is listening tentatively as the educators sing French songs with the class as part of the language program. Ash has memorised the song ‘Frère Jacques’, and loves singing along.
Ash is reading with one of the educators today, and practicing his comprehension skills. He retells the story about the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to his mum when she picks him up at the end of the day.
Care for children under school age, on premises especially built or adapted for early childhood education and care services. Private operators, local councils, community organisations, employers and non-profit organisations may run long day care centres.Occasional, Casual or Flexible Care
Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care Services provide short periods of care for children under school age. Families can access Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care on either a regular or casual basis a variety of reasons including, shift or part-time work, respite care, crisis and emergency care, shopping or attending appointments.Pre-school / Kindergarten / Prep
Pre-school is a planned educational program for children in the years before a child commences school. Children are usually aged between 3 and 5 years of age. Pre-school may take place in a range of settings including a purpose built building, in a community setting, a school, as part of a long day care centre or a mobile or visiting service.
In January 2012 the National Quality Framework (NQF) came into effect across Australia.
The purpose of the NQF is to improve and standardise the quality of child care through a range of measures including better staff to child ratios, higher staff qualifications and an assessment and rating system designed to promote continuous improvement.
Under the NQF child care services are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standards (NQS).
The NQS measures the quality of early childhood education and care in Australia. It will cover
most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside school hours care services.
Under these standards child care services will be assessed and rated against the seven quality areas, 18 standards and 58 elements that make up the NQS.