There are many ways that you can join your child on their kinder journey. Active parent involvement helps to create a learning environment which is strong and supportive, as well as warm and caring. We hope you will embrace the community ethos that thrives at Estrella Preschool.
Behind the scenes:
Estrella Preschool is managed by a voluntary Committee of Management. Serving on the committee or sub-committee provides an opportunity to work with other parents on key kinder decisions and activities, and liaise with broader community groups.
Two working bees are held each year to assist with essential routine maintenance of the building and grounds. In addition, helping out for half an hour or more at one of the key social functions is always valued and is a great way of meeting lots of kinder families.
Formal parent/teacher meetings are held at the beginning of the year and in the middle of the year for all groups. Our teachers also invite you to approach them any time for a casual chat, or to make an appointment for a more private conversation about your child’s progress.
With the children:
Do you want to see what your industrious preschooler gets up to at kinder? Then sign up for the “stay, play and help” roster, or create some special memories by joining the celebrations on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Grandparent Day. Parent helpers are also needed for excursions.
Parent helpers (for the “stay, play and help” roster and/or excursions) need to have a valid Working With Children (WWC) check, which is free for volunteers. Detailed information can be found on the Working With Children website. A quick tip: when you apply for your WWC, check be sure to list your intended primary school as well as Estrella!
“The stay, play and help session was a great opportunity for me to play with my son, but also to step back and watch what he does at kinder. He was so excited that I was there and I loved seeing first hand how engaged he was with all of the different activities that the teachers had planned.” 4yo Blue group Mum
“It was so much fun to see my son interacting with his friends, and to see the wonder, fear and/or delight on their faces as they milked the cow” 4yo excursion to Chesterfield farm
With other families:
Get to know the other families in the Estrella community by attending the picnics at Easter and Christmas, the open day, or the kids Christmas concert. The social representatives for each group also arrange get-togethers, perhaps a play at Watson Park or a parents’ social night. If you’ve got an hour spare, volunteering on the Estrella stall at the Ashburton Festival or pitching in at the working bees are also great opportunities to mix and mingle.