The MacFarlane Preschool Centre and extensive outdoor play area is a part of MacFarlane Primary School, supporting collaboration and familiarisation within the school environment.
The play-based program of early childhood learning - led by a qualified early years preschool teacher and teacher assistant - includes the Indigenous Cultural program and water safety lessons in the preschool pool.
Principal Marie Bryans said the cultural program includes cultural identity, history, bush skills, tools, craft skills, indigenous animations, traditional music and games presented by Arnold Von Senden and Levina Ah Fat.
"But during the year there are also excursions, and visits by community groups, that support specific areas of learning," she said.
"The water safety lessons, a police visit and fire station excursion conform to the national and state curriculum, giving the children lessons in wellbeing, connectedness and community.
"The learning program includes visits from Katherine High School students - working with the preschool children to further their senior students' community involvement skills - and visits by students from Sydney's Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School.
"Students from this co-educational school can offer insights into the big city complexion of a multi-campus learning community.
"The preschool program focuses on developing social and emotional skills, and building resilience, autonomy and independence in the students.
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"Teachers collaborate with families to enhance their child's strengths, and support the development of their child's learning skills.
"The children's learning is implemented through intentional teaching, using both play experiences and structured learning activities.
"They have opportunities to engage in free playtime....and there are lots of opportunities for sand and water play, investigations and observations of nature and physical recreation."
The program will run three days a week during the first term of 2020.