At Balcombe Pre-School, we plan a diverse range of activities and experiences to support each child’s participation in our program. We have areas designed for: co-operative or solitary play, quiet or noisy play, imaginative play, opportunities for creativity, construction activities, problem solving experiences, outdoor equipment and spaces for physical play, opportunities for appreciation of nature and exploration - just to name a few! We also ensure that our program reflects the current interests, abilities and needs of the children we are teaching (working in consultation with the children and their families).
Balcombe Preschool is renowned for its amazing playground. As well as providing a huge space to run, the bushy environment provides the opportunity for children to observe and explore nature. Children can also learn about sustainability and caring for animals with our worm farm, vegetable patch and resident chickens: Nuggets, Curry, Schnitzel & Casserole!
In Terms 3 and 4, Barkley (Kerri's dog) joins us each Wednesday and Tuesday to help the children learn how to be safe around dogs as well as teaching responsibility, compassion, love and respect for other living things. Dogs in the classroom can also calm fears, relieve anxiety and teach skills.
Parents have recently installed 2 new play spaces including a “Mud Kitchen” for creative and messy play as well as a "Relaxation station" for quiet and restful time!
Our fabulous playground caters for all types of play. We are also fortunate to be located adjacent to the Hopetoun Creek reserve which we utilise for picnics, nature walks and exploration and environmental work such as replanting.