Goulburn Pre-School is a community based, not for profit organisation providing a high quality Pre-School program for children 3 to 6 years of age in the Goulburn area.
Our Pre-School began operation on 23rd June 1986 in River St. It grew from a proactive group of parents and community members who recognised the need for additional Pre-School places in Goulburn. Their dedication and hard work resulted in them accessing a land grant and recurrent funding which allowed for the current premises to be built at Mount Street. This allowed the Pre-School to add an additional classroom to increase enrolment numbers.
Goulburn Pre-School has continued to grow and has adapted to best meet the needs of our families over the following years. The extended hours program supports families in accessing Pre-School who previously may not have been able to make this choice. We strongly believe in an inclusive and welcoming environment at Pre-School which is supported through our program.
Goulburn Pre-School continues to plan for a very strong future in providing high quality education for children and supporting families. We remain strong advocates and continue to lobby state and federal governments for increased funding for NSW Pre-Schools.
Goulburn Pre-School is a not for profit community based service.
We are partially funded by the NSW State Government through the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC). Our Pre-School is licensed for 40 children aged 3 to 6 years per day and operates as per the NSW DEC school terms (41 weeks per year).
Our opening hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm for extended hours program. The Pre-School program operates between 8.00am and 3:30pm.
We are managed by a Management Committee elected annually from our membership base. They work closely with our Director (Nominated Supervisor). Meetings are held twice per term and all parents, carers and interested community members are most welcome to attend.
At Goulburn Pre-School we believe:
In acknowledging the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we gather together to share our day. We recognise Goulburn as a meeting place where many traditional land owners came together to share their stories, experiences and culture as we do each day.
In respecting the rights of children as identified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). We are committed to advocating for these rights for every child.
Play is the child’s way of learning and making sense of their world. We celebrate and acknowledge the children’s discoveries and achievements through meaningful documentation and refection.
Each child’s current knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of the program. (NQS PLP Newsletter 37 2012) Intentional teaching and spontaneous interactions between children and educators is thoughtful, informed and deliberate.
Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships form the basis of strong partnerships between families and educators. (ECA Code of Ethics 2006
The diversity of our children and their families will be reflected and respected in our practices within our Pre-School community. Interactions with children and families will reflect fairness, acceptance and empathy for each individual.
The physical environment will be safe, secure and welcoming for each child, their family, the staff and visitors to our Pre-School. The health and wellbeing of all is promoted and supported. (NQF 2.1)
In modelling respect, care and appreciation for natural environments. We acknowledge our responsibility to educate for sustainability to ensure the future of our planet.
In ensuring privacy and confidentiality for the children, their families and educators.
In a strong commitment to maintaining high standards of professional practice and integrity by supporting ongoing learning and reflective practice. We acknowledge our role in supporting and mentoring future educators.