Welcome to the Northern Nursery School
Empowering children to become advocates for themselves and others
A community based, not-for-profit, parent-managed preschool
"Relationships with people, place and things are at the core of everything we do at the Northern Nursery School. We see ‘Belonging’ as the foundation of your child’s sense of self as a respected and valued young citizen within their community, as an advocate for themselves and others."
– Paula West, Co-Director
Acknowledgement of Country
The Northern Nursery School management and staff in relationship with children and families acknowledge the Cammeragal and Borogegal clans of the Guringai people of the Eora Nation who are the original custodians of the land on which we play, meet and work, and we pay our respects to their elders past, present and future.
We embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as our First Australians. We acknowledge, respect and celebrate this rich, diverse and dynamic culture as the oldest living culture in the world and its fundamental contribution to our nation. We believe our role as a community preschool is to instil knowledge, respect and appreciation of our First Australians and an intrinsic valuing of their influence on our culture and heritage, which we are privileged to share. It is through this knowledge and education that we will create a unified, inclusive, and progressive future as a nation.
We recognise that children are naturally joyful, curious, capable and creative in their engagement with life. We see children as protagonists of their own learning; eager to explore, collaborate and engage in the processes of learning through relationships with people, places and things. Every child is valued and loved for the uniqueness and contributions, being able to shape the direction and process of their learning and the group’s learning. By sending your child to our preschool you are opening up forums of critical thinking from a young age through collaboration. Together with you, we will nourish and support your children in their journey of wonder, discovery and learning through the diversity of thinking that exists in our world.
We provide our children the time and space to extend their imagination and creative intelligence through expressing theories and ideas. We recognise that time is an essential part of a child’s preschool experience, bringing focus, depth and thoughtfulness to their work. Children are encouraged to enjoy being children, working together through a play based preschool curriculum to experience the wonders, joys and delight that stem from their ideas and imagination. We value, respect and build on these experiences and together with the children, document and reflect on the conversations, interests and possibilities that arise, which in turn inspires and stimulates further learning.
We deeply appreciate the Cammeraygal and Borogegal clans of the Guringai people of the Eora Nation, who are the original custodians of the land on which we work and play, and are mindful of following in their footsteps. Together with our children, we take care of and respect the land we are on, knowing how important this is for our long term wellbeing and the wellbeing of our world. Our environment, natural spaces and materials create such potential for learning; provoking questions, critical thinking, and understanding. We openly invite children to explore and investigate the multitude of experiences and possibilities available to them, knowing how capable, creative and inspiring children are in creating new meaning about the world in which they live.
Our philosophy, approach and unique environment culminate in our children’s creative capabilities. Through any number of creative processes and materials, our children make their ideas visible; sharing their thoughts, discoveries and learnings as they make meaning of their world. We, like Loris Malaguzzi and the educators of Reggio Emilia, believe that children possess ‘a hundred languages’, a hundred ways of thinking, of seeing, of expressing themselves, as they make connections and build understanding about the world they in which they live. Giving children the opportunity to convey meaning and make their ideas visible through different forms of creative expression is important in the work we do at the preschool. It allows them to communicate, discuss, share and build on their ideas, scaffolding their learning
Our fees are $66 a day for 3½ to 5 yr olds, or $76 a day for partly funded young 3 yr olds.
We offer a limited number of reduced fee places for families holding a Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink.
We offer reduced fee places for families with children with high support additional needs.
Each term there is a $100 building fund fee and a $50 fundraising fee for each family.
We are a State Government funded registered preschool not a Commonwealth approved long day care service, so do not receive child care benefit.