About 

Preschool

Kingscliff Mini School is a non-profit, community-operated preschool.  The service is managed by the parents of the children attending and by community members who are committed to the quality of our children's education and care. We encourage the contribution of parents/carers and are delighted to have you involved as much as possible.  

The more each parent or carer cares about the quality of their child's education and experiences, the more successful the preschool will be. And being involved has benefits! 

 

You strengthen your social networks, access more information about your preschool and demonstrate to your child the importance of community involvement.   

The history

The Mini School is a non profit Community Preschool that was started in 1968 by the Reverend Peter Read in St. James Anglican Hall, Pearl Street, Kingscliff. It then offered 2 sessions per day, 3 days per week and was initially run on a voluntary basis.

 

On 21st October 1971, at the request of the Anglican Minister, a public meeting was convened by the Kingscliff Rotary Club - its purpose to consider the taking over of the Kingscliff Anglican Parish Mini School by a Community Council consisting of 5 members.  Mr Ed Parker (father of Miss Jennifer Parker - a staff member until 2006) was elected President and served in that capacity for 14 ½ years.  On his retirement in March 1986, he was made a Life Member of the Mini School.

 

Increased public awareness of the value of the preschool program resulted in the search for our own premises.  The first application for Crown Land was made in 1973 but it was in 1979 that the present site was finally gazetted!

 

Submissions for a government funded C.E.P. grant were eventually successful, resulting in our current venue in November 1985. Full day sessions were introduced in 1986 and in 1987, 5 full day sessions were operating.

 

To meet the continual high demand for our service, we are currently in the construction process of a building extension. These are being funded by a federal grant, the ‘Growth Funding Program’ and a state funded grant ‘Community Building Partnership’. The building will take place during holiday periods to minimise the impact on the service and the children.

National approved learning Framework:

Early Years Learning Framework

‘Under the National Law and Regulations, Preschool services are required to base their educational program on the Early Years Learning framework. This should focus on addressing the developmental needs, interests and experiences of each child, while taking into account individual differences.

The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. The Framework has been designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators.’

For more information click here to access the full version of the 'Early Years Learning Framework'. 

https://www.acecqa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-02/belonging_being_and_becoming_the_early_years_learning_framework_for_australia.pdf

 

Research shows quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. The early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn. Quality education and care shapes every child’s future and lays the foundation for development and learning.

The major benefits for parents and children include:

 

 

Kingscliff Mini School Overall Assessment Rating currently is: Exceeding 

 

Management 

comMittee | 2020

President | Kate Waetford
President | Kate Waetford
Vice-President | Elena Cuthbert
Vice-President | Elena Cuthbert
Secretary | Catherine Barwick
Secretary | Catherine Barwick
Treasurer | Amy Arnell
Treasurer | Amy Arnell
Assistant Secretary | Jodi Smith
Assistant Secretary | Jodi Smith
Newsletter Editor | Nikki Westerweller
Newsletter Editor | Nikki Westerweller