Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten   

                               …to learn to play to play to learn

 Centre Overview for Quirindi Preschool kindergarten

Quirindi Preschool is a not for profit community based early childhood environment that exists for the interest of children’s well-being and learning. Our mission is to empower children by acknowledging and encouraging their own uniqueness. Our mission is to provide a caring, stimulating, educational environment with an indoor/outdoor learning program where children interact with people, the community, natural and built materials and learn to play to play to learn. We acknowledge that learning does not occur in a linear or orderly fashion but instead is segmented, revisited and constructed over time. Our mission is to provide a place where children can be active, make choices, observe and experiment in order to gain understanding and grasp new concepts and skills.

We endeavour to foster family involvement in our active curriculum development and management of the service. We endeavour to develop partnerships with families, other professional services and the local community.

Location: The Preschool is located in the town ofQuirindi, a progressive town of approximately 3,000 people, situated on a plateau, surrounded by the Liverpool Plains. The Preschool is located approximately 3 kms northeast of the Post office, on the outskirts of town. The majority of the children who attend the service come from within the LGA which is the Liverpool Plains Shire Council. Included in this LGA are the surrounding townships/ villages of Willow Tree, Spring Ridge, Premer, Caroona, Blackville, Werris Creek Wallabadah and Pine Ridge. Quirindi Preschool is the only Pre-school facility in Quirindi itself. Quirindi is approximately 75 kms south west ofTamworth, the nearest regional centre.

Even though there have been several translations of the name Quirindi, which is derived from the Kamilaroi Aboriginal language, the most appropriate would have to be ‘nest in the hills’. From any approach road the town looks a haven of tranquillity tucked within undulating slopes and ranges, its surrounding region blessed by some of the richest soil inAustraliathe Liverpool Plains.

History: The first Pre-School Committee was formed at a meeting held on 13th September, 1968 from a group of committed people who saw a need for a community-based preschool to serve the needs of Quirindi children. The Pre-school was conducted until 1971 at St Alban’s Sunday School Hall- initially one day per week 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. The actual building was built voluntarily by the Christian Youth Group who started on Boxing Day under the supervision of their leaders. The Preschool building is more than 20 squares and was opened on 12th January 1974. Today the preschool offers preschool education five days a week from 8.30am till 4pm for over 90 families within the local community.