PRESCHOOL CONTEXT STATEMENT Updated: 05/2005 Centre number: 3649 Centre name: Mary Bywaters Memorial Kindergarten Centre name :Mary Bywaters Memorial Kindergarten Centre number :3649 Preschool Director :Heather Ward Postal address :54 Corn St., Old Reynella 5161 Location address :54 Corn St., Old Reynella 5161 Telephone number :83812904 Fax number :83228749 e-mail address :firstname.lastname@example.org DECS District : Wallara Outer South Geographical location – ie road distance from GPO (km) :22 kms. From the GPO. MBK is situated in the southern suburbs in the District Council of Onkaparinga. Enrolment/Attendance :Term 2 enrolments for 2005 are 85 children. Enrolments for 2005 will continue to be approximately 80 children. Attendance patterns are usually 40 - 42 children in the morning sessions with 30 - 35 children attending in the afternoons. Snow White Child Care transport children to and from the centre in the mornings with Reynella Child Care transporting children in the afternoons. Co-located/stand-alone Mary Bywaters is a stand alone centre enjoying a close relationship with Reynella Primary School and surrounding private schools. Programs operating Pre Entry : One session per week on Friday mornings for children who turn 4 during that term. This is an unfunded program and is provided when numbers of 4 year olds permit. When enrolments are high, sessional kindergarten will be offered on Friday mornings instead. The Pre-entry session enables children to become acquainted with the centre and staff and for children to have independence from parents or carers. Parents and carers are encouraged to stay if they wish. This session is used by staff for the collection of preliminary information about each child from parents and through observations. This information is then used for future curriculum planning. Sessional Kindergarten for eligible children : Children attend for 4 morning sessions or 4 afternoon sessions per week. The morning sessions are a larger group with 4 staff members. ie 2 trained staff and 2 ECW's. There has been a stong demand for preschool at Mary Bywaters Kindergarten and at this time a waiting list and priority of access policy has not needed to be inforced. Occasional Care (indicate whether funded or unfunded) : Occasional care is provided for 4 year olds only who are already attending kindergarten. It may be used by parents who are unavoidably detained and on an occasional basis only. The Governing Council determines the cost. Extended Care : Extended care would only be available on a strictly individual needs basis. Lunch/Full Day Program : At the AGM held in December 2003, the Governing Council passed the motion that from the beginning of 2004, lunch care and full day care would not be offered due to the numbers of children and the needs of staff. At present, 2 children still have lunch and full day programs because of the needs of the parents who were already using this service. This will be evaluated at the end of 2004 to assess the lunch / full day program needs. Sessions for children in 2005 have continued as in 2004 with children attending for 4 morning sessions or 4 afternoon sessions per week. Bilingual Support : As the need arises, applications are made for Bilingual Support. In May 2004, an application has been made for Bilingual Myanmar Support. Preschool Support :Mary Bywaters Kindergarten currently has 9 hours of preschool support each week. These hours are dedicated to children with severe speech and language delay and to children with behavioural issues. 2. Key Centre Policies Centre Priorities/Statement of Purpose :Governing Council, parent, and staff priorities as from the beginning of 2004, include the wellbeing of all children and families, literacy, numeracy, developing knowledge of and a heightened awareness within the community of Old Reynella, and assessment and reporting to parents and carers. Curriculum continuity continues to be a high priority between centre and school. 3. Curriculum Framework used: SACSA : Mary Bywaters Kindergarten incorporates all the elements of SACSA within curriculum development. The Summative report is based upon developmental learning outcomes. Core Values :Core values established with the Governing Council and identified within the Site Learning Plan include excellence, trust, respect, care, responsibility, honesty, integrity, diligence, fairness, equity and a sense of fun in learning. Specific curriculum approaches :Staff at the centre have recently been trained in the area of Learning Stories and are keen to trial this process within the centre. All staff are involved in observation and recording about children’s development. Quality partnerships are established with parents and carers to establish close links and knowledge about individual children’s interests and needs. Learning practices are reviewed by staff to determine how children are learning and to incorporate an inquiry based learning process Joint programmes/special curriculum projects : 4. Centre Based Staff Staff Profile :Heather Ward – Director (1.0 FTE appointed 2004 – 2014) Julie Harris- Teacher (1.0 FTE 2002 – 2011) Carol Overeem – ECW1 Norma Walker – ECW Performance Management Program :All staff participate in a performance management process. This involves determining each staff members specific roles and responsilities. It also involves a meeting at which specific goals are developed and agreed upon. These incorporate DECS priorities and centre priorities. A review meeting enables leader and staff members to check progress. Access to special support staff :Earliy Intervention staff are employed on a regular weekly basis. This enables staff to undertake specific curriculum work with individual children. It also ensures an additional staff member for children who require behavioural support throughout session times. Support through Adelaide South Early Childhood Support services is sought for children with significant developmental learning needs. In 2005, Mary Bywaters has had 9 hours of support weekly. Other : 5. Centre Facilities Buildings and grounds :The kindergarten is 54 years old, but the current building has been occupied for about 30 years. Many people comment upon the grounds of the centre. The interior would benefit from new gas heating, painting and a new carpet. A new fence is to be installed as the present fence has often been climbed by children. New PVC Blinds are being installed in May 2004. An environmental focus has identified the creek area as an area to be redeveloped and a vegetable garden to be incorporated. Capacity (per session) :46 children Centre Ownership :DECS own Mary Bywaters Kindergarten. Access for children and staff with disabilities : There are no steps through the gate or into the building, so access is very easy. Steps are in place to the upper part of the outdoor play area. Other .: Mary Bywaters Kindergarten is situated in a quiet back street of Old Reynella. The township of Old Reynella is a short walking distance from the centre. Children and staff enjoy walking excursions around the area to the creek area, reserve, the Life Care Chuches of Christ Nursing Home and to the business area of Old Reynella. 6. Local Community (intended for country preschools) General characteristics: (eg. types of work available, languages usually spoken at home, local developments) :Many families are 2 working parent families. Many children are in child care and are transported from Snow White or Reynella Child Care to and from the centre. Some parents work at Mitsubishi and have recently been informed about job losses. Parent and community involvement in the preschool :A small but active Governing Council works hard within the centre to make improvements. Communication with the Onkaparinga Council has been ongoing about the state of the neighbouring car park. Schools to which children generally transfer from this preschool :Reynella Primary School, Woodcroft Primary and Braeview Primary and surrounding private schools. Other local care and educational facilities, eg child care, schools, OSHC :Reynella Child Care Centre and Snow White Child Care. Commercial/industrial and shopping facilities :Old Reynella Township. Other local facilities, eg medical, sporting, social, cultural, recreational : The Reynella Life Care Lodge. Availability of staff housing : Accessibility to Adelaide and relevant major centres, including public transport and its availability, frequency and cost (especially by air), road quality : Local Government body (name, phone number), availability of publications describing the local area (with source, cost), characteristics, level of involvement : 7. Further Comments Establishment of new services and/or programs :A large number of families attend our playgroup on Friday mornings. Partnership/incorporation arrangements with other groups :Mary Bywaters Memorial Kindergarten is part of the newly established Wallara Outer South District of DECS. The centre is also part of a Well Being Inquiry Group.
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