About Avoca Beach Preschool

Avoca Beach Preschool acknowledges and gives thanks to the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather to learn and play.

‘’They took care of the land and animals before us’’ 

Our Centre

Avoca Beach Preschool is situated in a small coastal village – Avoca Beach. We are a privately owned, purpose-built single-story building that has off-street parking with a car park that has an entry/exit one-way system with road safety features and markings

There is a public bus stop directly at the front of the school. We have been established in Avoca Beach for over 25 years and have been family owned and run for the last 17 of those years. We are open from 7.30am to 5.30pm every weekday. Being closed on Public Holidays and for 3 weeks over the Christmas period.

We are a small, boutique preschool that enrolls children from 2 years up to 5 years of age. We have 2 learning environments – The Koala Room for children aged 2 – 3.5 years and The Bellbird Room for children aged 3.5 – 5.5 years.

We have a strong connection to our local community and primary school. With our preschool room educators attending the ‘Headstart’ Program for Kindergarteners at Avoca Beach Primary and Copacabana Primary.

Avoca Beach Preschool is committed to providing the absolute best in care and education for children. We aim to work with you to equip your child with all the skills and abilities that they will need as they develop and moving forward. Forming a strong foundation from which to grow and learn. Focusing on holistic care and wellbeing in a loving, engaging, nurturing environment.

We consider ourselves ‘’a home away from home’’ for the children in our care. Building community, compassion and curious minds.

Our Philosophy

‘’Every day our children will learn something…some days they will bring it home in their hands, some days they will bring it home in their heads, and some days they will bring it home in their hearts.’’

At Avoca Beach Preschool we believe in the value of holistic learning through meaningful play. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child and respect their right ‘to be’ and to learn in a secure, inclusive and safe setting. We recognise the importance and embrace the difference of all families and see ourselves as a community working to provide a respectful, nurturing, caring and fulfilling learning environment for all children.

We believe a child’s learning can be enriched from their environment and develops best with strong, loving, respectful relationships with their caregivers. We endeavour to work as a team with families to promote and support wellbeing, happiness and participation as we plan for children’s development. Our philosophy incorporates the importance of all contributors to a child’s learning – family, educators and the wider community. We work together to provide a place where everyone feels and experiences a sense of belonging.

Through recognised studies we acknowledge the important significant rapid growth and development that takes place in the early years. We use this as underpinning knowledge for intentional teaching and planning resources, activities and play areas to promote and support this. We plan our program extending on the children’s interests and curiosity. Aiming to promote and nurture inquisitive and engaged learning for all. We encourage environmental and sustainable practices from an early age and this forms an important part of our beliefs at ABPreschool. We promote and plan experiences with sustainability in mind and to promote respect and wonder for the world in which we live.

Our Educators have strong and sustained links with the Preschool, local schools and community. Key educators have been at the service and working together as a team for long periods of time and regularly update their knowledge, research, learning and qualifications to provide best practice and endeavour to be teacher researchers for the benefit of the children.

The principal mission of Avoca Beach Preschool is to provide a place for all children to develop and learn at their own pace and time. For each child and family to feel included, supported and welcomed. To assist the children and families in preparing children for a lifelong love of inquiry, learning and strong sense of self.

Learning Framework

Avoca Beach Preschool recognises and values the benefits of learning through play. Play based learning provides children with opportunities to engage with people actively and imaginatively, use resources, objects and the environment to co-construct their own learning.

Environments

We are a small, boutique preschool that enrolls children from 2 years up to 5 years of age. We have 2 learning environments – The Koala Room for children aged 2 – 3.5 years and The Bellbird Room for children aged 3.5 – 5.5 years.

Nutrition

At preschool we aim to provide food that is nutritious and fresh. We have a full-time cook to provide all our home-cooked meals. We offer Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea, with a late snack for children who are with us at 5pm and later.

Our Team

Avoca Beach Preschool employs a professional team with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

We are proud that each of our educators have been at the preschool for several years and we have a high retention of staff. The commitment, knowledge, continuity of care and value they bring to the service is invaluable.