Mt Colah Preschool Kindergarten, Mt Colah NSW
“Learning outcomes are most likely to be achieved when early childhood educators work in partnership with families…Partnerships are based on the foundations of understanding each other’s expectations and attitudes, and building on the strength of each other’s knowledge”
My first dealings with Mt Colah Preschool was a lovely phone conversation followed by a walk through with one of the head educators Lara. She was very welcoming and knowledgeable. Instantly I noticed the children at the Centre were happily playing and learning. The educators were bubbly and the environment felt stimulating for the little minds to explore.
Having worked in the Childcare industry for many years I had high expectations for our son, and these expectations are exceeded by the educators and the centre on a daily basis.
The educators have been amazing!!! Annette the director was warm and helpful which you can see flows through to all the other educators. You can tell the educators at the centre really love what they do as it shows in their interactions with the children. The curriculum keeps the children learning and is engaging with the different topics they explore, however not too ridged as the teachers also explore child lead learning.
My husband and I can not recommend Mt Colah Preschool highly enough. Our son is thriving, learning so much about the world and himself and even wants to stay longer at the end of every day ☺
Our only regret is we didn’t start him sooner. Thank you for providing such an amazing and warm learning environment.
Our family feel so lucky to have had the educators at Mount Colah Preschool Kindergarten teaching and caring for our children since 2017. The educators bring a wonderful mixture of warmth and professionalism to the centre which provides each child with a solid foundation for their growth and development.
My two children have very different temperaments which the educators have nurtured in such a professional and caring way. My eldest son transitioned into “big school” with confidence and ease as a result of the skills he learnt at preschool. My husband and I feel very lucky to have the educators continue to teach and care for our youngest son and know he will be well prepared for primary school as a result of the wonderful teaching team.
Mount Colah Preschool has been part of our family for almost ten years. Our three older children speak fondly on their preschool years. They were greeted by nurturing, talented and experienced educators and they were well-known and cared for. Currently our littlest (and fourth) child bounds through the preschool doors and enjoys her days. The needs of our children have been met beyond our expectations. Their interests have been valued and incorporated into the teaching programs. Feedback on daily and long-term progress has always been thorough and helpful. There has been a lovely and gentle fostering of social interactions that has helped in the development of confidence in friendships. Our children have been very well prepared for beginning school. The phonemic awareness program is fun and produces interest, familiarity and curiosity in preparation for learning to read. There is a real sense of community at this preschool. The children have grown in their awareness of their environment and community they belong to and that they make a difference.
I can still remember the day I rang Mount Colah Preschool nervously confirming that we would like our son to attend. Three children and many years later we are still so thankful for that decision. It has been a fabulous preschool with a balance of exceptional care and educational emphasis. The teaching staff are all friendly and incredibly caring for each child. The educational programme is well established and yet consistently refreshed. The holiday programme at the end of each term is always incredibly creative and a real highlight of the year.
We are so thankful to all the staff for providing such a wonderful start to our children's educational journey.
It is such a privilege and gives me much joy to highly recommend Mount Colah Preschool.
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We have been with the Preschool since 2016. My daughter attended there for two years before moving onto primary school and my son currently attends there. The facilities are fantastic, modern and always clean.
There is always plenty to do there. Activities range from reading, arts and craft, painting, imaginative play, singing, dancing and outdoor play. The outside equipment is fantastic and includes a slippery dip, a sandpit, a cubby, a bridge and a wooden boat toy where the children can interact and make many adventures with their friends.
I really love how the curriculum includes wonderful hands on learning including arts and crafts out of recyclable wares teaching children how to recycle, having a worm farm, having a herb garden and also features lessons about the beautiful bush that surrounds us. My daughter always took great pride in telling me all about the different plants, trees and animals that she found in our backyard or on walks. All through learning at the preschool. Their school holiday program is always great with a different themed activity every day. These range from teddy bear picnics, to pyjama day and pirate and princess days.
Probably the best part about the preschool would have to be the amazing staff that work there. They are a huge support network for worrywart mothers like myself and are always very very generous with their time for any questions or concerns that you have. I feel like they genuinely listen and actually care about your children as much as you do. We are a family that have some special need issues and the staff have always been fantastic and supportive. It just has a lovely family vibe there and they really make you feel included going out of their way to learn every child's name and their parents. It just makes you feel special. Everything has always been so easy at Mt Colah Preschool. From the initial visit to their information nights and orientation.
I really wouldn't go anywhere else.
We’ve been lucky enough to have all of our four children attend the Mount Colah Preschool Kindergarten, and what an amazing time they have all had. The support the staff provided our children was fantastic – they were very attentive to our children’s needs, they took the time to learn who they were and adjust their teaching methods accordingly, they involved the children in a lot of creative play, and they took a keen interest in what our children were interested in. Our children still fondly remember their time at the school and recount their experiences there. One of the things we found most helpful was the small discussions we would have with the teachers at the start or end of the day to see how the kids were going – they always knew where they were at developmentally and socially and always gave us advice on what we could focus on at home. The development portfolios we received twice a year are testament to the time and effort the teachers spend with your children here. We would recommend the Mount Colah Preschool Kindergarten to anyone who is keen to send their children to a community which cares deeply for their students, where it is safe for your children to be who they are, where your children can engage with other children in the community and build friendships for life.
I've been part of the Mt Colah Preschool community for a year now and can give it nothing but high praise. My daughter is warmly welcomed each day she attends and always loves going to preschool.
As a teacher myself, I appreciate seeing age appropriate, evidence based teaching practices in action at Mt Colah Preschool. These include the strong emphasis on learning through play and developing the emotional and social intelligence of each child. The wide variety of activities the kids take part in and the conversations I have at home with my daughter, show that she's taking on the learning experiences offered at preschool and applying them to other areas of her life.
Thank you to each of the teaching staff for your genuine care towards the kids. I truly appreciate the thought and energy you put in to making Mt Colah Preschool a fun and nurturing place for my daughter.
I look forward to starting my son on his preschool journey next year.
We feel very thankful to have such a fabulous preschool that our girls have always loved attending. The staff are welcoming and make every effort to get to know all the children individually thus providing a program based on their individual interests and strengths. The staff are always happy to discuss our girls’ day and anything that may have arisen during the day. We have had 3 children attend Mt Colah Preschool, with our youngest still there, and we will be sad when she leaves to go to school! We would highly recommend this preschool and cannot thank the staff enough for everything they have provided for our children.
"I am so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to spread the word on how absolutely amazing Mt Colah Preschool Kindergarten is. Having recently bought a house in the area, it was a huge step to move our already anxious son into a new preschool. I can honestly say that stumbling upon this local gem was one of the best things that happened to him and our family!
"I have had 3 children attend Mt Colah Preschool over the last 4 years. All of my children thoroughly enjoyed their time at Preschool, they loved the friendly staff and all the activities that were planned for them each day. At times I would arrive to pick them up only to be told they wanted to stay longer! All the staff are very dedicated and professional and always have time for you to discuss your child's day with them. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mt Colah Preschool".
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