Key Information

Session Times

Students complete 30 hours of preschool education per fortnight. We have two different sessions and your child will be in one of these sessions.

Two Monday / Tuesday Groups

Hours of attendance are:

Monday 8:15am-2.45pm

Tuesday 8:15am-2:45pm

Wednesday 8:15am-12.15pm (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9)

Two Thursday / Friday Group

Hours of attendance are:

Thursday 8:15am-2:45pm

Friday 8:15am-2:45pm

Wednesday 8:15am-12.15pm (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Please ensure that your child is collected on time and if you are unavoidably late, please contact the preschool so your child can be cared for appropriately until you arrive.


Back To School Vouchers

The Northern Territory Government provides a Back to School Payment entitlement scheme which provides families with a credit of $150 to purchase items through the school. Families usually use this money to purchase 1 or 2 preschool t-shirts, an art pack, a hat, a library bag, a subscription to Reading Eggs and then allocate some funds towards excursions over the year.

The $150 needs to be fully expended or allocated by the end of the first term that your child is in the preschool.

Further information about this scheme will be provided at the beginning of the year.

Uniforms

Uniforms are not compulsory but many families take advantage of the Back To School vouchers to purchase Bradshaw Preschool T-shirts for their children to wear at preschool. Wearing a Bradshaw Preschool tshirt gives children a further sense of belonging and it can make getting ready for preschool a little easier in the mornings. As children are involved in some messy activities at preschool, preschool shirts save childrens special clothes from being stained. Tshirts are available at the Preschool in a variety of bright colours and sizes.

It is compulsory for students to wear a wide brimmed hat or bucket hat when playing outdoors. Preschool hats which are identical to the Bradshaw Primary School hats, are also available at Preschool for $10, or children can bring their own hat if they prefer. Hats are kept at preschool to ensure that children have a hat each day and are laundered regularly.

Preschool governance

Parent committee

Early in the year staff will arrange a meeting time for parents. Depending on parent interests and the needs of the preschool, the committee may focus on things like preschool events, fundraising and/or preschool policies.

The parent committee is an advisory body to the school.

In addition to the preschool parent committee, there is a position reserved on Bradshaw School Council for a preschool parent. Bradshaw Council is responsible for the governance of the school and preschool and meets once a month.

The National Quality Framework (NQF)

The NQF for Early Childhood Education and Care helps to ensure your child is given the best possible start in life. Every state and territory in Australia is working to achieve the same quality outcomes for children, no matter where they live.

There are seven domains in the NQF:

  • Educational program and practice.
  • Children’s health and safety.
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationships with children 
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Leadership and service management

Bradshaw Preschool has been assessed as Exceeding the National Quality Standards included in the NQF.

As part of our commitment to improve and provide the best early childhood service for you, your family and your child, we have developed a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). Through this we continuously reflect, adjust and write policies and procedures to ensure all seven areas of the National Quality Standards are met.

We encourage parents to join us on this journey as we continue to improve by joining one of our committees.

More information about the NQF can be found at www.acecqa.gov.au/families

Policies and procedures

In accordance with the NQF, Bradshaw Preschool has a range of policies and procedures that direct how we operate. If you have any questions, please speak to the Teacher-In-Charge or browse the information provided in the foyer.