Pre-Kindergarten

Our Pre-K program builds future ready learners

Scots All Saints College is committed to building the foundation for a lifelong love of learning from an early age. Scots All Saints College has built a strong reputation in the local community for providing a school readiness program with a specially designed Pre-Kindergarten program to develop children physically, emotionally and academically so they are ready to start Kindergarten with confidence. As the only school readiness program for 4 and 5 year olds in Bathurst of its kind, teachers offer opportunities to challenge, inspire and motivate children to explore and learn in preparation for Kindergarten.

Children have time and space to work on social skills through developmental play, group activities and interacting with their peers. The rich variety of opportunities and experiences on offer each day to help guide and support children as they develop emotional maturity in their own time.

With access to the school setting, resources and facilities such as the on-campus farm, sports, ovals, library and connection to the Junior School program, children can step-up to Kindergarten with confidence and familiarity of the Kindergarten environment.

Fine Motor and Gross motor skills are encouraged through developmental play, art and craft experiences, cooking, gardening, physical education, table games, group games, sensory experiences and more. We encourage children to develop their independence in everyday tasks, from borrowing and returning books to the library, unpacking and packing bags, toileting, hygiene and meal times.

A new Scots All Saints College Pre-Kindergarten Framework has been developed by our academic team to outline the curriculum and value of our new Pre-Kindergarten program. Based on evidence-based research that shows children who experience a smooth and harmonious transition between early childhood settings and primary school do better in the long term – both at school and in their wellbeing, this framework is a valuable reference guide for parents and is now available below.

Parents enjoy the benefit of the Pre-Kindergarten Program including flexible options for 2, 3, 4, 5 days to cater to parent’s preferences, after hours care to 6pm daily and 4 affordable fee payments per year.

Ben and Anna Gillies have their second child, Patrick currently attending the Pre-K 4 day program at the Scots Campus and value the experienced and caring nature of the teachers.

“The Pre-Kindergarten Program at the Scots Campus has prepared our eldest two children academically and socially for the transition into Kindergarten. The teachers have a passion and drive to provide the best program of its type in Bathurst, giving individual attention to develop key learning areas. The Scots Campus is convenient and accessible as we live on the eastern side of the river. I would recommend the Pre-K program to any parent with a child entering Kindergarten in 2021,” Mr Gillies said.

Ms Michelle Marwick said the Scots All Saints Pre-K program has been a very important step in the transition to school for her son, Thomas which she would recommend to other parents.

“I have watched my son grow in confidence, skill and self- motivation by attending the Pre-K program. Pre- K has taught him the skills needed in Kindergarten which I feel will make that transition less daunting for him,” Ms Marwick said.

“I would always ask my son at the end of each day what he liked best about his day at school. The stand out responses were library time, reading and story time, learning a group song/dance or simply just ‘playing’. For him the day felt happy and filled with play and collaboration with his peers. This is why Pre-K, as a step before Kindergarten really works. It provides an environment which is fun and in my option this nurtures learning.”

Children can participate in indoor and outdoor learning opportunities. The fourth term is dedicated to developing a routine reflective of the school year for a more natural progression to staring Kindergarten.

Ms Marwick said, “Pre-K offers a fun learning experience your children. They are gently introduced and taught the age appropriate skills to cope with following year in kindergarten and the best thing is they are happy and having fun.”

There are limited places available for Pre-Kindergarten 2021. Pre-Kindergarten Orientation Day is coming up in mid-November where all enrolled students are invited to come along for a day of fun, familiarisation and to make new friends. If you are interested in learning more or to organise a tour of the classrooms and learning environment, please contact our registrar on 6333 4766 or email enrol@scotsallsaints.nsw.edu.au