Woollahra Preschool

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Address: 512 New South Head Road, Double Bay NSW 2028
Telephone: 9327 4921
Fax: 9327 4441
Email: preschool@woollahra.nsw.gov.au
Open: Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4.00pm (during school terms)

Woollahra Preschool outdoors

Our approach

Woollahra Preschool is committed to providing a high quality play-based curriculum that enables children to lay the foundations for success in life.

We work in partnership with parents, staff members and other related services to ensure that the children develop a strong sense of their identity and well-being, establish connections with their world as well as build effective communication skills, confidence and involvement in their learning. Our curriculum is culturally diverse and builds upon individual strengths and interests while valuing play as the most effective medium for learning and development.

We strive to maintain a high standard of professional development to invigorate our delivery of a relevant and emergent curriculum. We share information about current practices and research findings influencing developments in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Woollahra Preschool music

Frequently asked questions

Who is the preschool for?
Our preschool is available for 3-6 year olds. We are a three-unit centre, catering for 60 children per day. We offer three day or two day placements and priority is given to children who will go to school the following year and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Families do not have to live in the area to be eligible to attend.

Who provides the service?
Woollahra Preschool is one of the quality community services provided by Woollahra Council who employ a non-teaching director to lead a team of dedicated staff.

Each group of 20 children is cared for by three staff - one teacher with a four year university degree in Early Childhood Education and two childcare workers with a minimum Certificate 3 in Child Studies TAFE qualification.

How is the curriculum developed?
In partnership with the child's parents, a high quality educational curriculum is planned to meet the interests and strengths of the children. This includes:

  • Language and Literature
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Music and Movement
  • Art, Craft, Drama and Construction

We acknowledge that children learn best when they have secure relationships with reliable and caring adults. We ensure children feel emotionally secure so they may learn through play and exploration to develop the skills and knowledge they need to interact positively with others and learn to take responsibility. We aim to extend each child's interest and build upon their strengths while facilitating social skills to ensure every child reaches their potential.

What is provided?

  • Kodaly music and Japanese language.
  • Digital and computer technology are used in each of the rooms.
  • An enormous shaded playground offering great scope for exploration, adventure and gross motor development.
  • A thorough transition to school program, which involves interaction with our local school.

When is the preschool open?
We are open from 8.30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday and follow a typical school calendar of four, 10 week, terms, without the pupil free days. Families are encouraged to arrive by 9.30am and return after 2.30pm to collect their preschoolers

How to enrol?
Your child may be placed on our wait-list as early as 18 months. We charge a processing fee and ask you to provide a copy of your child's birth certificate.

To request a wait list package, please phone or email to leave your postal address or fill out a Waitlist Application Form (PDF). To familiarise yourself with the preschool, you are invited to attend one of our introductory tours held at 10am on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Useful documents

Fees and charges

On confirmation of a placement, you will be asked to pay a one off, non-refundable enrolment fee of $100. A refundable deposit of $300 is also required at this time. The deposit is refunded after your final bill is paid in full. It is not refunded if the child is withdrawn before starting.

The NSW government has recently announced increased funding under the Start Strong Reforms.  Under the reforms, the majority of government funding funding received will be directed to reducing the daily fee for children who are 4 years old on or before 31 July in 2019, children with disability and additional support needs and children from Aboriginal or low income families. A smaller funding allocation has been granted for children who will be 4 after 31 July, 2019.

As we operate as a not for profit, fees may change dependent on the level of government funding received. Contingent on NSW government funding we anticipate the following fees for 2019:

$70 per day - 3 years old before 31 July
$55 per day - 4 years old before 31 July
$10 per day - Aboriginal children, children with disabilities and children from low income backgrounds

Type of fee / charge2019
Waitlist Fee$46 per child
Entertainment Fee per term$40 per term
Hats$22 each
Bus excursions$20

Late fee – each occasion - $23 per 15 minutes or part thereof.

Accessibility

  • Lift access from the car park
  • Accessible parking on the street
  • Wheelchair access in all student areas of the preschool
  • Accessible children's toilet

Please contact the Director if you are experiencing financial difficulty to negotiate a suitable payment plan.

Contact us

For further information on Woollahra Preschool, please contact:

Preschool Director
Telephone: 9327 4921
Fax: 9327 4441
Email: preschool@woollahra.nsw.gov.au