ABOUT US

Welcome to Pymble Turramurra Preschool, affectionately known as Handley Avenue.

In many ways, Pymble Turramurra Preschool has remained much the same since its inception in 1962. While we embrace change and new teaching methodologies, our core values remain – respect, sharing, a sense of community and belonging and a love of our natural environment.

Pymble Turramurra Preschool has always been a warm and welcoming place. From the minute people walk in the door, adults and children alike feel welcome. Our children always know where they fit at preschool, and feel safe, secure and relaxed while they are here.

Over our 50 year history we have achieved a reputation for excellence in Early Childhood Education, and for providing young people with the foundations they will draw on for the rest of their lives.

Our Philosophy

“Where play is the business of childhood.”  For a child, play is their “work”.  It is important for normal, healthy growth and facilitating the development of skills and competencies.

“Young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. The intellectual and cognitive benefits of playing have been well documented. Children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning.”

(Bodrova & Leong, 2005). Bodrova, E. & Leong, D. J. (2005). Uniquely preschool: What research tells us about the ways young children learn. Educational Leadership, 63(1), 44-47.

Pymble Turramurra Preschool aims to provide a safe, caring, social, stimulating, learning environment; to respect and nurture each child’s uniqueness and style of learning to promote the “Whole Child”; to foster a creative learning environment where teaching, play and communication form our basis for learning; and to promote a strong community spirit by encouraging social interaction with families.

Please read our Prospectus for greater insight into our Preschool’s Philosophy.

Our Approach to Education and Programme Philosophy

We believe the best way to work with you and your child is by building a partnership of care.  To do this we want you to feel:

  • Welcomed, recognised, acknowledged and respected by all our staff.
  • That your child really knows and is known by the people who care for him or her.
  • Your child is not just looked after but really cared for.
  • You are given lots of information about what is occurring and are asked for your views.
  • We recognise that each child and their family are to be appreciated as individuals, with their varying needs met.
  • We believe provision of a safe, caring, social, stimulating learning environment is paramount.
  • We foster a creative environment where teaching, play and communication form our basis for learning.
  • We incorporate into our programme current early childhood practices.
  • We welcome families from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds and honour and respect diversity.

Pymble Turramurra Preschool’s programme provides an environment where children can develop practical school readiness skills in an engaging and interactive way, meeting the necessary social and emotional needs for children to be successful in their transition to school.

The children are offered a wide range of stimulating educational activities with the structure and security of a daily routine.  Please read our Pymble Turramurra Preschool Parent Handbook for full programming details.

The Preschool is licensed for 45 children per day:

45 children attend twice a week – Thursday & Friday (2 Day Group)

45 children attend three times a week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (3 Day Group)

National Quality Standards

In July 2012, Pymble Turramurra Preschool underwent a full National Quality Assessment and we were delighted to have achieved the highest possible rating of “Exceeding National Quality Standard” in all aspects of our Preschool.  To read more, please download a copy of our draft results below.

“I acknowledge the efforts of Management, Educators, staff and others involved in preparing for, and participating in, the assessment and rating process and wish you well in your important work with children and families”  Ms Nathalie Crane, Regional Operations Manager, Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate.

Our History

Our Preschool is steeped in history, with many current parents having been students here themselves.

Pymble Turramurra Preschool was built in 1962 on land leased from Ku-Ring-Gai Municipal Council. The building has since been extended and renovated to facilitate today’s requirements.  All building funds have been raised by supportive parents, residents and grants independent of Preschool fees.

Pymble Turramurra Preschool has been affectionately called Handley Avenue, for as long as anyone can remember. The founders, with all their vision, would be pleased to know their Preschool stands so proudly as part of the Ku-Ring-Gai community in the twenty first century.

Our full history can be read here or you can order a copy of our heritage book “Handley 1962 – 2007” A history of Pymble Turramurra Preschool.

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