Koori Preschool

The Koori Preschool Program is located at Wanniassa Preschool and jointly administered by Wanniassa School and the Early Childhood Education Section, within the directorate of Indigenous Education and Early Childhood Education, in the ACT Department of Education and Training.
The Koori Preschool Program provides an early childhood education program for Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children aged 3-5 years. Children under the age of three are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by a parent or adult carer.

Session Times

Session times: Thursday 9:00-1:30 & Friday 9:00-1:30

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Koori Preschool Program

The Koori Preschool Program focuses on learning through play, participation, exploration and experimentation. Within a developmentally appropriate, play based program staff plan programs to support children across all areas of development. In particular the program focuses on the development or Standard Australian English literacy and numeracy skills and children's capacity to engage with school. Staff within the program provide a safe culturally inclusive environment for Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children.

Support Programs

The Koori Preschool Program is supported by Home School Liaison Officers (HSLO), located at each site. HSLOs provide cultural support to children in the program and liaise with families and other community members. HSLOs visit children who attend local preschool settings and provide cultural advice and support to local preschool teaching staff.

Attending Koori Preschool

Children may attend the Koori Preschool Program in addition to attending any preschool for which they are eligible.

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