Playgroup and Preschool

Playgroup

The Silkwood School Playgroup provides an opportunity for young children, from 15 months to 4 years of age, and parents, to discover early childhood education in a nurturing environment that echoes the atmosphere of a Silkwood Prep classroom.

During the Playgroup Program children and parents engage in:

  • Home-like activities or simple crafts while children help or play nearby;
  • Creative play with natural materials and objects that spark curiosity;
  • Circle and story time that reflect the world of nature and seasonal changes;
  • A rich learning experience through music and rhymes;
  • Stories that nourish the imagination and provide rich material for creative play.

Silkwood offers a Preschool Playgroup especially designed for children, from four to five years of age. Parents attend this program with their child.   We are proud of our Playgroup Program and the critical part it plays in supporting Silkwood families with young children. We encourage all parents to attend this group as a preparation for their children beginning Prep.

Pre-School

We are currently unable to offer a traditional preschool program on site due to council restrictions. We value preschool as an important part of the Silkwood journey, and have an initiative to develop a Silkwood Pre-School Centre as part of our future strategic plans. We hope to achieved this by 2024.  

See the Playgroup Information and Application Form to register.

There are three available age groups: 

  • 15 months – 3 years (2 hours session);
  • 3-4 years (2 hour sessions);
  • Pre-Prep groups (4-5 years) which run for 2.5 hours.

We ask that parents arrive 5 minutes early to settle their children, greet friends and prepare for the group. Younger siblings are welcome to attend with the parents. Children remain in the care and supervision of their parents for the duration of the group. School-age children are not permitted to attend Playgroup.

The Silkwood Pre Prep program provides an opportunity for parents to be supported in helping our future Silkwood students have the best possible start to school.

Our goals for the Pre Prep program are:

  • To offer future Silkwood students access to high quality, developmentally supportive play and  learning program, preparing them for a successful transition to Prep.
  • To maintain collaborative relationships with parents during the early years of learning.

In the spirit of continually striving to offer the best possible education for children, we include a general play based rhythm of playgroup, additional activities supporting all areas of development will feature during the pre-prep session. 

The following areas of development will be highlighted.

Social and Emotional Development

Social and emotional competency and capacity is at the core of success for a smooth transition to starting school. The intrinsic benefits include the confidence and efficacy to approach new social situations and tackle various complex tasks. Turn taking, sharing and playing cooperatively are fundamental skills required to support a child’s capacity to learn. Opportunities for supporting social and emotional development will be offered during each session. Parental supervision and support are crucial during this time. Children are learning critical skills and may experience difficulty at times, requiring redirection.

Physical Development

Body awareness helps us understand where our bodies are in space. Understanding the information received from the sensory systems allows the children to increase their body awareness and how it moves through the environment. Children who are supported in developing strong body awareness have less difficulty in learning new tasks at school.

The children will have opportunities to increase motor development and body awareness by participating in the Perceptual Motor program. A range of activities will be offered each week. These activities will require adult supervision. The Perceptual Motor program will focus on locomotor movements, spatial orientation, hand-eye coordination, directionality and bilateral coordination.

The usual program favourites such as singing, finger plays, storytelling, craft and fine motor activities such as drawing and cutting will continue to feature in the program.

Circle Time

Circle time provides opportunities for parents to support their child’s developing speech and language skills, as well as their growing ability to sit, listen and engage in the learning content.

Parent Support

Throughout the year, articles of interest may be offered which may provide support or insight into all areas of development and well-being.

Playgroup Fees
Playgroup Fee per family per term
15 months - 3 years (2 hour session)
$190
3-4 years (2 hours session)
$190
4-5 years Pre-prep (2.5 hour session)
$205

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