Effective 2017, Possums Playschool operates 3 sessions per week at the following times
Monday 9.20am – 2.20pm
Tuesday 9.20am – 2.20pm
Wednesday 9.20am – 2.20pm
You may enrol your child for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions.
The cost for each session is $55 per child
The session is run by the Teacher, Teacher’s Assistant and at least one parent volunteer (refer to Parent Involvement for more information)
The program at Possums Playschool has been developed with an equal emphasis on all developmental areas: social, emotional, physical and intellectual. We plan the weekly program around particular focus areas. Our approach involves linking a range of the children’s activities around a certain idea or concept. These may include transport, farms, pets, friendships, etc.
During the year we also engage in activities to celebrate Easter, Mothers’/Fathers’ Day and Christmas (children do not have to be involved if these are in conflict with your family beliefs). Focus topics provide children with the opportunity to investigate, question, problem-solve, role-play and practise.
The program reflects the children’s needs and interests, and is designed to build on their prior knowledge by broadening their understanding of their environment and the world around them. The weekly program is always displayed in the window and in the Playschool room for parents and carers to read. As many of the topics we investigate during the year are of such great interest to the children, it would be wonderful if you could follow up on any areas we have looked at with your child at home. By doing this, you will of course be reinforcing their understanding!
The activities planned for each session will cover a range of developmental areas. An example of the types of activities your children will participate in, and the areas they focus on are given below. (Note: These are only some examples – just to give you an idea of what types of activities you can expect.)
Fine Motor/Manipulative: Art and craft, threading and lacing, construction (e.g. with various small boxes; or systems such as Mobilo or gears), play dough, and water play.
Cognitive: Maths games (sorting & classifying, patterns, one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, counting), literacy games (letter recognition, letter sounds, literacy card games, responding to a text), puzzles, dramatic play (e.g. dressing up, home corner; the children have pretended to be vets, builders, office workers, etc), singing, contributing to group discussions and library.
Gross Motor: Outdoor play (obstacle course, ball skills, play equipment etc), movement and dance.
Social/Emotional: Interaction with peers and adults, separating from parent/carer, developing independence (caring for belongings, self-help skills), expression of feelings, ideas and attitudes, group participation, news time etc.