Proudly providing not-for-profit, community, high quality early childhood education since 1954

Quality education with a personal touch

Established in 1954, Griffith Preschool Kindergarten has a long history of educating and caring for the children of Griffith and surrounding areas.

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten is a not-for-profit community based Preschool located on Kindergarten Lane. The Preschool is managed by a parent based volunteer committee and is supported by qualified, caring and dedicated staff. The Preschool is situated on a large allotment of land in a quiet suburban lane with street parking available.

During your time at Griffith Preschool Kindergarten Inc. you will notice that our Service has picked up a couple of ‘pet names’ over the years. So if you hear or read the names Kindylane or Griffith Preschool, know that these names do in fact refer to Griffith Preschool Kindergarten Inc!

As a parent, when selecting the right Preschool for your child, it is important to find a safe and happy environment in which your child will be extended. At Griffith Preschool Kindergarten we have been providing a happy, safe and fun environment for our children for over 59 years.

From an early age, children learn to work together and to use all their senses. Collaborative learning builds teamwork, self confidence and communication skills.

You can read about Griffith Preschool Kindergarten’s philosophy here.

Income Sources

• DEC (Department of Education and Communities)

• Parent Fees

• Special Needs

• PDSP – Preschool Disability Support Program.
Funded by the NSW Department of Education.
DoE has appointed Northcott as the program manager.

The Preschool History - Building successful partnerships since 1954

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten Inc. was built in 1954 as a not-for-profit, community based preschool to provide an educational preschool program for children aged 3 to 6 years. Local residents and organisations had a vision for a community operated preschool and Griffith Council provided the land.

The founding President of the Preschool, Mr David Farr-Wharton, built the Preschool with the assistance of many local parents. David remained an active member of the Management Committee for 46 years, until 2002, before retiring to Queensland.

Today the Preschool continues to operate as a community based, not-for-profit preschool. The land continues to be leased from the Griffith Council and parents continue to manage the Preschool. This is a remarkable achievement and a sign of the Preschoolís success.

Generations of families have brought their children to Kindylane – we now have grandparents who built and originally enrolled their children, now bringing their grandchildren back to our Preschool. It is wonderful to see parents who attended the Preschool now returning with their children. Many people comment that the warm and supportive environment of the Preschool remains since those very early years.

For more information on our history you can read here.

Our Aim

We aim to provide your child with the best start to their learning through a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment that will enhance and challenge each child’s own potential development; physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in preparation for their future years.

Our teachers offer activities and games that are designed to help the children:

Learn, Discover, Create, Role Play and Share.

Various areas are set up throughout the Preschool rooms to enable children to participate in a variety of activities including puzzles for problem solving, drawing, painting and pasting for creative time and different topics throughout the year to stimulate young minds. We have a wonderful spacious outdoor area where children can climb, swing, dig, run, slide and play various games with each other. The staff encourage the children to participate in a wide range of activities to inspire all areas of development and learning.

Parent and carer involvement is essential to providing a quality learning experience for your child and we welcome your participation. Helping out with lunch duty is a fabulous way of finding out about the current topics your child is learning about and getting to meet the children and talk with the staff in your childís room. The children always love the idea of Mum, Dad or someone special coming to help with lunches and allowing them to be the special helper for the day.

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten will help make the start of your child’s learning journey a positive and happy one.

Groupings and Rooms

Here at Griffith Preschool Kindergarten, or Kindylane, we have 2 rooms – the Wombat Room and the Possum Room.

Each room can have up to 40 children each day. We generally have 3 staff each day in each room so our child:staff ratio is higher than the regulatory requirement.

Our grouping over each week is as follows;

2 Day groups – Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday

1 Day Groups – Wednesday

3 Day Groups – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

We do try to accommodate individual needs and differing days, and can do this only when enrolments allow us to.

Hours of Operation

Parents are reminded that the Preschool operates under a licensing agreement with the Department of Education and Communities.

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten operates from 8.15 am to 3.45 pm. Children are able to attend any hours between these times on their assigned days.

The Preschool closes for school holidays. School Term dates are given upon enrolment and Term Calendars are handed out at the beginning of each Term. They are also displayed near the sign in and out area in your childís room.

Late Collection: Parents are asked to collect their child by 3.45pm. If your child is on premises after 3.45pm a late fee of $10 each 5 mins applies after this time. Please note that if your children are at the Preschool outside of these hours the Preschool will be in breach of its licensing agreement.

Income Sources

• DEC (Department of Education and Communities)

• Parent Fees

• Special Needs

• PDSP – Preschool Disability Support Program.
Funded by the NSW Department of Education.
DoE has appointed Northcott as the program manager.

The Preschool History - Building successful partnerships since 1954

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten Inc. was built in 1954 as a not-for-profit, community based preschool to provide an educational preschool program for children aged 3 to 6 years. Local residents and organisations had a vision for a community operated preschool and Griffith Council provided the land.

The founding President of the Preschool, Mr David Farr-Wharton, built the Preschool with the assistance of many local parents. David remained an active member of the Management Committee for 46 years, until 2002, before retiring to Queensland.

Today the Preschool continues to operate as a community based, not-for-profit preschool. The land continues to be leased from the Griffith Council and parents continue to manage the Preschool. This is a remarkable achievement and a sign of the Preschoolís success.

Generations of families have brought their children to Kindylane – we now have grandparents who built and originally enrolled their children, now bringing their grandchildren back to our Preschool. It is wonderful to see parents who attended the Preschool now returning with their children. Many people comment that the warm and supportive environment of the Preschool remains since those very early years.

For more information on our history you can read here.

Our Aim

We aim to provide your child with the best start to their learning through a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment that will enhance and challenge each child’s own potential development; physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in preparation for their future years.

Our teachers offer activities and games that are designed to help the children:

Learn, Discover, Create, Role Play and Share.

Various areas are set up throughout the Preschool rooms to enable children to participate in a variety of activities including puzzles for problem solving, drawing, painting and pasting for creative time and different topics throughout the year to stimulate young minds. We have a wonderful spacious outdoor area where children can climb, swing, dig, run, slide and play various games with each other. The staff encourage the children to participate in a wide range of activities to inspire all areas of development and learning.

Parent and carer involvement is essential to providing a quality learning experience for your child and we welcome your participation. Helping out with lunch duty is a fabulous way of finding out about the current topics your child is learning about and getting to meet the children and talk with the staff in your childís room. The children always love the idea of Mum, Dad or someone special coming to help with lunches and allowing them to be the special helper for the day.

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten will help make the start of your child’s learning journey a positive and happy one.

Groupings and Rooms

Here at Griffith Preschool Kindergarten, or Kindylane, we have 2 rooms – the Wombat Room and the Possum Room.

Each room can have up to 40 children each day. We generally have 3 staff each day in each room so our child:staff ratio is higher than the regulatory requirement.

Our grouping over each week is as follows;

2 Day groups – Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday

1 Day Groups – Wednesday

3 Day Groups – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

We do try to accommodate individual needs and differing days, and can do this only when enrolments allow us to.

Hours of Operation

Parents are reminded that the Preschool operates under a licensing agreement with the Department of Education and Communities.

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten operates from 8.15 am to 3.45 pm. Children are able to attend any hours between these times on their assigned days.

The Preschool closes for school holidays. School Term dates are given upon enrolment and Term Calendars are handed out at the beginning of each Term. They are also displayed near the sign in and out area in your childís room.

Late Collection: Parents are asked to collect their child by 3.45pm. If your child is on premises after 3.45pm a late fee of $10 each 5 mins applies after this time. Please note that if your children are at the Preschool outside of these hours the Preschool will be in breach of its licensing agreement.

Griffith Preschool Kindergarten Inc.

A non-profit community based preschool run by the community for the community, established in 1954.
• Regulated by Department of Education and Communities Objects and Rules of Incorporation
• Run by a Management Committee consisting of parents
• Day to day running by Director who reports to Management Committee

 

How the Preschool Operates

Meet Our Team

Heather Gowing

Heather Gowing

Teacher/Director

Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood
1st Aid Qualified

Glenn Taylor

Glenn Taylor

Room Leader/ Educator

Diploma in Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified
Sue Paton

Sue Paton

Room Leader

Bachelor of Education Early Childhood
1st Aid Qualified

Renee DeBenetti

Renee DeBenetti

Room Leader

Bachelor of Education Early Childhood
1st Aid Qualified

Mel Corner

Mel Corner

Educator

Diploma of Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified

Maxine Wynne

Maxine Wynne

Educator

Diploma in Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified

Diane Wallace

Diane Wallace

Educator

Dimploma in Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified

Claudia Andreatta

Claudia Andreatta

Educator

Cert 3 Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified

Caron Scarfone

Caron Scarfone

Educator

Cert 3 in Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified

Ciara Webster

Ciara Webster

Educator

Cert 3 in Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified

Angela Zalunardo

Angela Zalunardo

Educator

Certificate 3 in Children’s Services
1st Aid Qualified
Suzie Whittaker

Suzie Whittaker

Administration Officer

1st Aid Qualified

Contact

1 Kindergarten Ln, 
Griffith NSW 2680

Ph:  (02) 6964 4283

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