The Pre-Kindergarten program warmly welcomes boys and girls five days a week from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3.30pm. Learning through the characteristics of play and collaboration is at the heart of teaching our smallest learners, in the classroom and in the outdoor environment. To help children adapt, integrate and transition to Kindergarten, we provide them with hands-on experience in the classrooms of our older students, with the assistance of support teachers. In our outdoor space, the Pre-Kindergarten children can explore and try a range of new activities to help them develop their enquiring minds, including the Paddock to Plate program. Children grow and pick produce, including apples in our orchards, watermelons, pears and berries. Every child is given the opportunity to participate in ‘Chicken Duty’ each week which involves feeding and collecting the eggs. The produce which has been lovingly grown is shared and celebrated with other students in the Dining Room.
The Pre-Kindergarten classroom is part of the Lower Primary Precinct, allowing students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 to interact positively with each other in a safe space. This provides the opportunity for the youngest Tudorians to learn by example as older students role model traits of leadership. The Pre-Kindergarten program focuses on Phonological Awareness, Literature and Mathematics. Specialist classes include Music, French, Woodwork, Art, PE and Biblical Studies. The completion of the five day per week Pre-Kindergarten Program promotes a smooth transition into Kindergarten. Tudor House offers 20 places in Pre-Kindergarten for boys and girls, who have had their fourth birthday by 30 April of their entry year.