General Information

 INTRODUCTION

The Farrer Playschool is a not-for-profit, community-based educational facility for three year old children. The Playschool’s fully qualified staff use a structured program to help the “Playschoolers” develop the social skills and confidence that will be of value to them in their pre-school year – and its also lots of fun!

 

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

Playschool is for those children who have turned three by the 30th of April in the year they attend, and who are expected to attend preschool the following year. In the early weeks of Term One, children who have not turned three must be accompanied by a parent or carer until, the child’s third birthday.  Children attending Playschool are expected to be toilet trained.

 

ROSTERED DUTY

Two people are required to assist the teachers at every session. These people are additional to those parents staying because the children are under the age of three.

Parents/Carers need to put their name down for roster duty only once per term. If you are unable to attend on your rostered day please contact your daily convenor to make other arrangements.

Siblings are welcome to attend sessions in the company of someone on rostered duty.  Parents and carers please note that you are welcome to stay for any session if you feel your child needs you.

 

WHO RUNS THE PLAYSCHOOL?

The Playschool is run by the Parents Association of Farrer Playschool Incorporated (PAFPI).  All parents of children attending in the current year are members of PAFPI. A voluntary committee of parents performs the day to day tasks involved in running the Playschool.  The Committee comprises:


Coordinator

Daily Convenors for each session

Secretary

Health Officer

Assistant Secretary

Purchasing Officer

Treasurer (who pays the bills & wages)

Fundraising sub-committee member

Enrolment Secretary (who manages the waiting list)

Laundry

 

The Committee will be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year (see announcements).  Parents are encouraged at attend the AGM and the General Meetings held once per term.  The meetings are a great opportunity to find out what is going on and to meet other parents with children at the Playschool.

 

HOW MANY SESSIONS?

A maximum of 20 children are in each session. Parents can choose one day to enrol their child per week.  Monday and Tuesday sessions run for five hours (9.30am-2.30am) and Wednesday sessions run for 3 hours (9.15am-12.15pm).

 

DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP

Children must not be left at the Playschool before the session starts and must be picked up promptly at the end of the session.  Parents usually stay with their children for 10-15 minutes at the start of sessions and do a puzzle or two until everyone arrives and the teacher brings the group together.

An attendance register is kept by the door of the classroom for you to sign your children in and out.  Here parents can leave messages for the teacher, for example, if your child is going to be absent or on holidays.

 

WHAT TO BRING

{Monday & Tuesday sessions only} For every session your child must bring a ‘school bag’ containing their morning tea in a small labeled container, lunch in a lunch box, a hat, a small cushion for rest time, a small cushion for rest time   and a change of clothes (just in case!).  Please mark your child’s name on all these things.  In cooler weather please also sent along a warm coat.

{Wednesday session only} For every session your child must bring a ‘school bag’ containing their morning tea in a lunch box, a hat and a change of clothes (just in case!).  Please mark your child’s name on all these things.  In cooler weather please also sent along a warm coat.