Preschool excels in all facets

By Rhys Williams

A local not-for-profit preschool that works tirelessly every year to survive has proven that passion is the main ingredient to success, after excelling in all areas of a national assessment of the school.

Corowa Preschool has excelled in all seven quality areas of the National Quality Standard assessment, which seeks to provide services and families with a better understanding of the level of competency early childhood and care services have when it comes to delivering in areas that are important to outcomes for children.

An assessor spent two days at the preschool measuring the areas of educational program and practice, children’s health and safety, physical environment staffing arrangements, relationships with children, collaborative partnerships with families and communities and leadership and service management.

“Being a community based preschool and a not-for-profit, we go from year to year trying to survive so it’s great to have excelled in all seven areas of the assessment,” Corowa Preschool director Cassie Oats said.

“As a preschool we embrace all aspects of our community, we’re passionate about equity, inclusion and diversity and I think this rating is a really nice testimony to the dedicated and passionate team that we’ve got here at the preschool and I think it’s really nice to be able to share that with others.

“We’re on a path to create something special for our community.”

Ms Oats has been with the preschool for 14 years but this is her first as director. She said the preschool has been adopting a whole new policy package, new procedures and other improvements over the last 12 months to ensure that services are the best they can be.

To coincide with the inclusivity ethos of the preschool, Ms Oats also adds that changes had to be implemented to accommodate for Knox Henderson, a student that has a disability.

“For our service to have had Knox enrolled this year, we’ve had to make substantial changes to the infrastructure into the way we actually teach ourselves, what we’ve had to learn to have him enrolled as well as modifications to equipment.

“This is the first time his parents have been able to leave him in an educational setting, which is massive.

“What we do for Knox is what we can do for all kids and I think that reflects the professionalism of everyone here at Corowa Preschool.”

Limited spaces are still available for enrollment at Corowa Preschool for 2020.