Kindergarten

Springfield-PS-main-slider32Starting school is an important milestone in the life of your child and your family. At Springfield Primary School our Kindergarten Centre staff are there to care for and nurture your child. For many children, this may be the first time they are away from Mum and Dad for an extended period. We understand that this is a meaningful and special time.

Our aim at the Centre is to ensure your child receives the best possible start to their educational journey. At Springfield Primary School we view these early learning programs as the cornerstones on which the later educational opportunities for your child are developed. The Centre is an integral part of the whole school.

Kindergarten school hours

Week 1 and 2 will be staggered starts for Kindy as per the following timetable:

WEEK ONE: Please provide fruit for morning tea. Home for lunch.

K1 Monday 1 February 2016 8:45am – 12:00pm
Wednesday 3 February 2016 8:45am – 12:00pm
Friday 5 February 2016 8:45am – 12:00pm
K2 Tuesday 2 February 2016 8:45am – 12:00pm
Thursday 4 February 2016 8:45am – 12.00pm

WEEK TWO: Please provide a packed lunch. Home after lunch.

K1 Monday 8 February 2016 8:45am – 1:00pm
Wednesday 10 February 2016 8:45am – 1:00pm
K2 Tuesday 9 February 2016 8:45am – 1:00pm
Thursday 11 February 2016 8:45am – 1:00pm
Friday 12 February 2016 8:45am – 1:00pm

WEEK THREE: 8:45am – 3:00pm on allocated days
K1 Every Monday, Wednesday and alternate Friday (odd weeks)
K2 Every Tuesday, Thursday and alternate Friday (even weeks)

Kindergarten Enrolment Application

Download enrolment form 2017.

Bringing and picking up your child

Making sure your child is happy and safe is our priority. For this reason, parents, or a responsible person, are to bring their child to the Centre each day and be available to collect them at the end of the day. If you wish your child to be collected by a person other than their guardian, please advise the teacher. Written permission is required if an older sibling is collecting your child.

Bags and equipment

A reasonable sized bag or backpack, sufficient to fit a lunch box, drink container, morning snack, books, hat, spare clothes and schoolwork. This style of bag will help us teach your child about keeping belongings in one place and being responsible for their own property.

Please write your child’s name on everything so that it is visible. They will also need:

  • Lunch box
  • Drink bottle
  • Fruit
  • lunch
  • Note Pouch
  • Box of Tissues
  • Hat

A full set of spare clothing in their bag every day including underwear, shirt, shorts or trousers and a jacket or jumper in case of accidents and when children are involved in water play.

Healthy food and drink

In the interest of your child’s dental and physical health no lollies, sweet biscuits or chocolate are allowed in the Centre. Children will share a healthy snack at fruit time – this is an important part of our social     development teaching. Acceptable foods to send with your child for shared fruit time are:

  • Fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, pears, watermelon, etc.
  • Dried fruit
  • Vegetables/Salads – carrot, celery, tomato, cucumber
  • Hard boiled eggs, cold meats – eg polony
  • Cheese, savoury biscuits but not sweet biscuits.

A drink of water will follow shared fruit. Please ensure food is prepared and packed in a manner that is easy for your child to access. We have a water fountain, but when packing their drink we strongly        recommend water. Please notify staff if there is any food your child is allergic to or is not to eat, as we do cooking activities occasionally.

Clothing

Children are encouraged to wear the school uniform and it is policy that hats must be worn for all outdoor activities during the whole school year. Items are available from the uniform shop open on Fridays 2:30 – 3:00pm. Please label all clothing clearly. Aprons are provided for messy activities; however clothes will sometimes become dirty. Paint stains must be soaked in cold water first before washing.

Footwear

Recent research has revealed how important it is for children to wear correct footwear for safety and physical development. Appropriate footwear would be enclosed, laced shoes with a non-slip sole e.g. Joggers. This would enable each child to participate and benefit fully in our Fundamental Movement Skills program.

Your child’s birthday

We love birthdays at Springfield Primary School. We welcome you bringing in cupcakes, chocolate frogs or similar for each child and hope you will be able to stay on roster to be part of the celebration. Please advise your child’s teacher of any food allergies or intolerances.

Kiss and go policy

We understand it can be stressful for parents seeing their children upset when leaving them at school. Often the longer the parents stay the longer the child is distressed. While it may be hard at first we       encourage you to come in for a period of free play in the mornings and then excuse yourself by 9.00am. We often find the child is content within a few minutes of you leaving.