School readiness program at Penrith Anglican College

Start of the education journey: Pre-k is an integrated part of the primary school and students have access to the quality school facilities. Photo: Supplied
Start of the education journey: Pre-k is an integrated part of the primary school and students have access to the quality school facilities. Photo: Supplied

Penrith Anglican College pre-kindergarten (pre-k) gives young children a head-start for their school years.

The program is child-centred and encourages inquiry and self-directed learning in a Christian environment.

"This approach prepares young children to be resourceful and resilient learners who thrive in their school years and beyond," deputy principal Ljubica Mansell of Penrith Anglican College said.

"It provides a comprehensive school readiness program, focusing on social skills and establishing routines as well as developing a love of learning.

"Children who have attended pre-k are prepared for a smooth transition to kindergarten the following year."

The pre-k program curriculum is based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and is in line with the Early Years Learning Framework.

"Fundamental literacy and numeracy skills are learned in a fun environment," Ljubica said.

"Small classes are taught by a fully qualified and experienced early childhood teacher and a qualified trained teacher assistant who create a safe space for the children to learn and grow."

College community

Located in the heart of the College in a dedicated early learning centre, children are guided in fun, play-based learning experiences.

The main College site is semi-rural, set on an expansive 48 acres and pre-k students are given supervised opportunities for outdoor play and exploration.

Pre-k is an integrated part of the primary school and students have access to the quality school facilities including the gymnasium, Lighthouse Theatre, library, play equipment and sports fields. Pre-k is also included in primary school events such as assemblies, chapel and sports carnivals.

Pre-k gives young children a head-start for their school years. The program is child-centred and encourages inquiry and self-directed learning in a Christian environment.

Deputy principal Ljubica Mansell

The program incorporates specialist lessons including library and art classes. The Before and After School facility is also available to pre-k students.

Penrith Anglican College is taking enrolments for 2022 and 2023. For pre-k program details, visit penrith.nsw.edu.au/learn/

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