‘Enrol now’ is the message encouraging parents to register their interest to enrol their children into their local preschool to ensure they get the best option.
Port Lincoln Education Office early childhood leader Sally Cormack said she wanted to promote the ‘enrol now message’ for children to start preschool in 2018.
“The message we’re putting out is we want people to enrol now to register their interest in enrolling in their local preschool,” she said.
“Offers will be provided to those families living within their local catchment area in round one from the beginning of August and then round two will be from the beginning of September for those outside of those areas.”
Children are entitled to four terms of preschool in the year before they start school and there is just one intake at the beginning of each year for children who turn four before May 1.
Ms Cormack said it was important that parents got in early to ensure they got into the kindergarten or childhood centre closest to them.
“We just want to ensure that children living closest to that local preschool get into their preschool first.”
Local preschools include Bishop Kindergarten, Kirton Point Children’s Centre, Park Terrace Kindergarten, Poonindie Early Childhood Centre and the Port Lincoln Children’s Centre.
All local preschools boast programs to support children to build skills through play in their transition to school.
“While all of our local preschools are unique in terms of local services, all boast outstanding facilities with qualified educators and excellent education programs,” Ms Cormack said.
Kirton Point Children’s Centre acting director Hannah Carson said the centre had a high focus on engagement and learning through nature play.
“We’re a children's centre so you can come to community programs, attend community programs to feel a sense of belonging to our centre,” she said.
“We really want to see every child have the best start to life, so we’re encouraging people to make that step and make their way into a local kindy and register your child’s name for the new year,” Ms Cormack said.
For further inquires call the Port Lincoln Education Office on 8682 0700.