About

Port Augusta West CSC Site Philosophy…

At Port Augusta West Children’s Services Centre we believe that children develop skills, confidence and social interactions through a play/nature-based learning program. Children’s voice is embedded throughout our practices and our program. We believe that all children have the right to build and maintain respectful, trusting relationships in a safe and secure environment. We aim to provide an environment which supports

  • Confidence
  • Persistence
  • Resilience
  • Organisation
  • Getting Along
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At Port Augusta West CSC we believe that all children are competent learners, where they take risks, make mistakes and are free to explore and discover. We empower children to take charge of their learning, to investigate, trial, reflect and make choices. Each child is valued as a unique individual, bringing their own interests, ideas and understandings. Through actively encouraging curiosity, wondering, engagement and discovery in their natural environment. Our aim is to make all families welcome, where diverse social and cultural backgrounds are recognised and respected.

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Eligible Preschool Program

If your child turns 4 before 1 May, they can start preschool on the first day of term 1 of that year. If your child turns 4 on or after 1 May, they can start preschool on the first day of term 1 the following year. Children are entitled to access 4 terms of preschool in the year before they start school. If possible, submit a preschool enrolment registration form at your local and/or preferred preschool(s) by 30 June in the year before your child is due to start. You can, however, register your interest at any time during the year. Forms can be downloaded from the link above, or collected from your nearest preschool. More information about children who may be eligible to start preschool throughout the year (eg children transferring from an interstate preschool) is available from the preschool enrolment policy.

When making a decision about the best time for your child to attend preschool, it is also important to consider when it may be the best for your child to start school. Similar to preschool, government schools have a single intake date – visit enrolling in primary school for more information. If your child’s birthday falls before 1 May in the calendar year, you have a choice about whether to enrol your child in school at the beginning of the year they turn 5 or the next year (when they turn 6). Your child must be at school by their sixth birthday, which is the compulsory school starting age.

If you are uncertain about the best time for your child to attend preschool, or feel your child may benefit from starting preschool later, talk to your local preschool director or school principal about your preschool and school enrolment options. There are many reasons why a family chooses a preschool. Every effort will be made to place your child in the preschool of your choice, but sometimes this is not possible. All preschools give priority consideration to children living within the local catchment area. It is only in exceptional circumstances where the demand for a preschool from families living in the preschool’s catchment area exceeds the number of places available that a child may not be offered a place in their local preschool. If this is the case, the preschool director or school principal will contact you to discuss possible alternative options, and every effort will be made to offer you a place in your second choice of preschool.

Your child can attend another preschool, if that preschool is not under enrolment pressure and has places available to accommodate the request. If your preferred preschool is not your local preschool, indicate at least 2 preferred preschool options on the preschool enrolment registration form, in case your preferred preschool is full. There is a space on the enrolment registration form to write the reasons why you are seeking a place at your preferred preschool. To help your planning, preschool directors or school principals may be able to give you an idea of likely enrolment numbers and the impact on places available. You will be notified before the end of September (towards the end of school term 3) if a place can be offered at your preferred preschool, if this is not your local preschool.

Meet Our Team


Sally Niedorfer

Director


Why I love working at PAWCSC…
I love getting to know every child and their families. PAWCSC is a warm, friendly place where children, families and educators can grow together as a community, I love being able to play a part in that.

My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…

I love spending my days outside in the garden, the mud pit, by the pond or building a new Wiltja (shelter) with the children.


Meredith Green

Teacher


Why I love working at PAWCSC…
Each day is an opportunity to grow together as a learning community. This is reflected in our conversations, problem solving, team goals and connectedness.

My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…

Music is one passion; it is rewarding to see children grow in confidence while sharing their songs, stories music-making and dance. Gardening is another pleasure; I love to see children taste food they have grown.


Belinda Clohessy

Teacher


Why I love working at PAWCSC…
I enjoy watching the children become confident, capable individuals, that foster a love of learning and exploring their world.

My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…

Playing in the mud pit and the edible garden as it is a great sensory experience and heaps of fun!


Jessie Packard

Early Childhood Worker


Why I love working at PAWCSC…
I have a passion for helping young kids with their learning and helping them achieve goals ready for school PAWCSC is a great learning environment and I have lots of fun at work

My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…

I enjoy reading books to the children and getting them involved in the story I love sensory play.


Teresa Packard

Early Childhood Worker


Why I love working at PAWCSC…
I love getting to know the children and their families. It’s great making different connections with various families and seeing them out in the community. I have been lucky enough to see quite a few families have all their children attend PAWCSC over the years. As well as seeing the children have fun and enjoyment in their early years of learning. 

My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…
I enjoy my one on one time helping the children to develop in various areas that is needed. Bringing enjoyment and laughter, seeing them be the best they can be. Reading the children stories is a favourite and special time for me. 

Amanda Hockey

Early Childhood Worker


Why I love working at PAWCSC…
I love working with the children and watching them as they grow, discover and learn new things. The excitement in their faces when they achieve something for the first time, when they challenge their perceptions and learn something new and when they look back at their journey at preschool is priceless.

My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…
My favourite thing to do at preschool is get MESSY and have fun. The children are very fortunate to be able to have multiple opportunities to explore different textures and participate in sensory experiences at preschool. These experiences help them to be confident and comfortable when creating their own dispositions and perspectives of the world as well as just having fun.

Carly Broad

Early Childhood Worker


Why I love working at PAWCSC…

I love seeing the wonder and excitement on children’s faces as they learn, explore and play at Kindy.


My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…

I think the outdoor area is lots of fun as well as all the other activities and resources. There is always fun and interesting things to do, create and learn.


Leonie Davis

Early Childhood Worker


Why I love working at PAWCSC…
I love working with little people. I love seeing them grow in all areas, confidence, personalities and knowledge.

My favourite thing to do whilst at PAWCSC…
I love working with the Oral Language groups (you get to know the children and their families) I also enjoy outside activities, working in the garden, ball activities, creativity at the making table and painting.

WANT SOME MORE INFORMATION…

Contact us today to ask us how to enrol your child or to organise a site visit