An ex­cep­tional cur­ricu­lum

Southern Riverina news - - FOCUS ON EDUCATION -

Bi­ralee Preschool and Out­side of School Hours care pro­vides ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams for chil­dren aged in the preschool years and pri­mary school years.

Bi­ralee Preschool op­er­ates dur­ing school terms pro­vid­ing a high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional play based learn­ing pro­gram fo­cus­ing on school readi­ness for chil­dren from three to five years.

Bi­ralee OOSH, which has only been in oper­a­tion for 12 months, pro­vides a high qual­ity af­ter school care pro­gram from 3pm to 6pm.

It also hosts a Va­ca­tion Care pro­gram dur­ing the school hol­i­days, from 7.30am to 6pm week­days.

As well as your child, whole fam­i­lies be­come val­ued mem­bers of the Bi­ralee com­mu­nity.

Par­ents and fam­i­lies are the lead­ing ed­u­ca­tors for chil­dren, so at Bi­ralee we hope you share all of the knowl­edge of your child with our friendly ed­u­ca­tors.

Bi­ralee Preschool and OOSH aim to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren to de­velop and en­hance self-ex­pres­sion, and ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well as devel­op­ing pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes to­wards them­selves and oth­ers.

Each child is treated as an in­di­vid­ual and ev­ery ef­fort is made for them to de­velop to their full po­ten­tial in phys­i­cal, so­cial, emo­tional and cog­ni­tive de­vel­op­men­tal ar­eas.

Bi­ralee Preschool and OOSH prides it­self on hav­ing strong part­ner­ships be­tween staff, com­mit­tee, fam­i­lies and the broader com­mu­nity sup­port­ing each in their im­por­tant roles of shap­ing the chil­dren of our fu­ture.

Bi­ralee Preschool di­rec­tor Jes­sica Williams says that Bi­ralee goes ‘‘above and be­yond’’ with their ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram, which is on of­fer for the stu­dents and fam­i­lies at Bi­ralee Preschool and OOSH.

‘‘Bi­ralee ed­u­ca­tors are con­tin­u­ally re­flect­ing on their ped­a­gogy, and com­ing up with in­no­va­tive pro­grams and learn­ing for the chil­dren in their care,’’ she said.

Ed­u­ca­tor Julie Robin­son has been a driv­ing force for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Bi­ralee ‘Bush Kin­der’ pro­gram.

This is where the chil­dren go out to the ‘bush’ at the Re­treat Hall once a week to ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing in the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

The chil­dren de­velop their so­cial skills — tak­ing turns and gross mo­tor devel­op­ment through ex­plor­ing the nat­u­ral habi­tat.

The chil­dren climb trees, build forts, make fires, and cook their own lunch.

Julie said this pro­gram has proven very suc­cess­ful with the chil­dren, ed­u­ca­tors and fam­i­lies.

The in­ter­act­ing with the el­derly pro­gram has been an­other amaz­ing pro­gram form­ing part of the Bi­ralee Preschool cur­ricu­lum.

The preschool chil­dren at­tend Fin­ley Re­gional Care once a week to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­gen­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties with the el­derly.

Ed­u­ca­tor Kristin King said the chil­dren love this pro­gram, and the en­joy form­ing friend­ships with the Fin­ley Re­gional Care res­i­dents.

The OOSH pro­gram has been run­ning for the past year wel­com­ing a new ser­vice to the Bi­ralee or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ed­u­ca­tors Shan­ley Khann and Kate Mueller said they have en­joyed see­ing this ser­vice get off the ground, and pro­vide the much needed af­ter school and va­ca­tion care for the pri­mary school chil­dren of the com­mu­nity.

The chil­dren have en­joyed go­ing to Matilda and Dis­ney On Ice per­for­mances, as well as farm vis­its funded by the Fin­ley Mar­ket and clay, day and soc­cer ses­sions amongst the huge list of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bi­ralee OOSH and Preschool are now tak­ing en­rol­ments for the 2018 preschool year.

Bi­ralee Preschool, through the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s fund­ing re­form ‘Start Strong’, is en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to send their chil­dren to preschool for the rec­om­mended 15 hours be­fore school­ing.

As part of the pro­gram, fam­i­lies re­ceive a full day of en­rol­ment free pro­vided two days are taken and the child is four be­fore July 31.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Bi­ralee on (03) 5883 1609.

The Bush Kin­der pro­gram, in which chil­dren en­joy learn­ing in a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, is very pop­u­lar at Bi­ralee.

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