West Chermside C&K Pre-Prep is a small, community-run, non-profit organisation. The centre is managed by a committee of parents and is staffed by professional early childhood educators. West Chermside C&K Pre-Prep has been part of the West Chermside community since 1968.
At West Chermside C&K Pre-Prep, we aim to work as a community of learners, building a sense of autonomy and well-being. Children are supported as they explore their own ideas, interests and needs while acknowledging and respecting others.
We believe each child is unique and encourage them to reach their full potential in a happy, safe environment.
As a community organisation, those involved in our centre are valued for their unique contributions. We enjoy working collaboratively to investigate our world, as we:
- develop a sense of self
- appreciate cultural diversity
- build peace and take actions towards a sustainable future.
A flexible play-based, child-centred program based on C&K’s Building Waterfalls curriculum is provided for the children. This includes periods of free play, where each child’s ideas are recognised and extended in both indoor and outdoor environments. Group sessions occur throughout the day, focusing on language development, numeracy, music and movement.
The centre operates during school terms. The centre’s two groups each attend five days per fortnight:
|Adventurers||Mon/Tue + alternate Wed||8:40am – 2:50pm|
|Explorers||Thu/Fri + alternate Wed||8:40am – 2:50pm|
Our calendar is configured to ensure that groups at both ends of the week attend a minimum of 600 hours per year.
Our learning environment
Both our indoor and outdoor environments are dynamic areas, changing in response to the children’s ideas and interests. Children gain a sense of ownership and competence as they build their own unique play spaces.
Our children enjoy exploring, playing and interacting in our well-resourced indoor learning space and rich natural outdoor environment.
Our indoor area provides opportunities for individual and group learning. Open-ended materials and equipment are used in a variety of ways as the children exchange ideas, pose and solve problems, and develop foundations for life skills.
Our outdoor areas provide a variety of interesting, safe play spaces to maximise children’s creativity and participation. Our environment includes large shady trees, natural grass and garden beds allowing us to incorporate nature into our play and learning.
We recognise that educating children is a team effort. As a community-run centre, parents have the opportunity to be involved, including:
- parent roster days
- sharing any skills which may benefit the program, for example playing a musical instrument or cooking
- grounds maintenance
- the Parent Committee which manages the centre.
Our commitment to excellence
West Chermside C&K Pre-Prep is affiliated with the Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland (C&K), a central governing body which sets the standard for early childhood education in Queensland. Affiliation with C&K ensures that our centre reaches high standards in the educational program, staff qualifications, safety and resources.
In December 2009, all Australian governments agreed to a partnership to establish a National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care. The NQF aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in education and care services.
The NQF encompasses previous licencing requirements in accordance with the Child Care Act 2002 and Childcare Regulations 2003 by the Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and Employment. The centre must comply with the Act and Regulations in regard to the program, numbers of staff members and children, and staff qualifications.