Maribyrnong Preschool Philosophy in Action:

Maribyrnong Primary School has been assessed or rated under the National Quality Framework. We achieved the highest rating possible - 'exceeding the national standard' in each of the seven quality areas. Further information regarding can be obtained from the National Register.

Following are the values, policies and procedures which are the foundation of our preschool philosophy.

Maribyrnong Primary School has four preschool groups. Our educators work collaboratively to plan experiences for the children using the Early Years Learning Framework to guide the intentional and incidental learning for the children in each group. The preschool children are part of the wider Maribyrnong Primary community and are involved in a number of opportunities to visit our main site and participate in shared learning experiences with their older peers. The preschool children visit the school library once a week, engage in a buddy program in semester two and join in whole school events such as the Walkathon, SRC fundraising days and the school concert.

As part of our yearlong transition program our preschool children engage in two programs. The first is a science program with our specialist preschool science teacher Taryn Cameron-Smith. A weekly lesson allows our preschool children to pose questions, wonder and discover how science is connected to our lives. The second program is a literacy program where the focus is on building a strong foundation for the formal teaching that occurs after preschool. The focus is on phonological awareness with some explicit instruction in phonemic awareness where developmentally appropriate. These sessions are taught by Jantiena Batt, the deputy principal.  These programs allow our preschool children to become familiar with some of the faces they will see when they are in kindergarten the following year.

We value:

  • research that affirms the value of play in learning and curriculum delivery
  • high expectations through personalised support for each child
  • respectful, reciprocal relationships through open communication
  • cultural diversity as a celebration of individual differences
  • continuous improvement through regular reflection on practice
  • comprehensive documentation that makes learning visible and communicates outcomes and progress
  • productive partnerships with families as the major influence in children's lives
  • aesthetically-pleasing, natural and sustainable environments conducive to play
  • seamless and effective transitions that promote positive, successful school experiences
  • confidentiality as a means of respecting everyone's right to privacy

In Child Friendly language:

  • We value play – it is how we learn best.
  • Our teachers believe in each of us as capable learners.
  • We honour each other.
  • We celebrate each other for who we are.
  • We reflect on our learning.
  • We can show you our learning.
  • Our team is made up of our families, our friends, our teachers, ourselves.
  • Our learning spaces look and feel play-friendly.
  • We know what our education journey looks like.
  • We respect each other.

Session Times:

Hodori and Roni - Monday and Tuesday 8.45 am to 2.45 pm and Wednesday 8.45 am to 11.45 am

Misha and Cobi - Wednesday 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm and Thursday and Friday 8.45 am to 2.45 pm

Policy and Procedure Overview:

Policy AreaCorresponding Regulations(s)Education and Training Policy/Procedure (includes relevant external agencies)Maribyrnong Preschool ProcedureMaribyrnong Preschool Specific Documentation
Nutrition, food and beverages, dietary requirements168

Eat for Health Educator Guide

Australian Dietary Guidelines Summary

ACT Food and Drink Policy 2015 (FAD201502)

Nutrition and food safety procedures 
Sun Protection168Sun Protection Policy (SP200609)

Maribyrnong UV Protection Policy

Clothing and Footwear Procedure

Sunscreen at Preschool Note
Water Safety168 

Water Safety Procedure

Incident, injury, trauma, illness168, 85, 86, 87, 88

Student Accidents/Incidents Policy (SAI200811)

Infectious Diseases - Outbreak Procedures and Exclusion Perious (IDO2002)

Incident, Injury and Trauma Procedure

Illness and Infectious Diseases Procedure

Preschool Incident/Injury/Trauma Record

Preschool Illness Record

Medical Conditions168, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96

Management of Eating and Drinking Support in ACT Public Schools (MOEADS201002)

Students with a disability: Meeting their educational needs (SWD200810)

Procedure for Dealing with Medical Conditions in Children

Preschool Illness Record

Risk Minimisation Plan

First Aid168, 137, 136 (2), 94, 90, 89

Health and Safety Policy - First Aid (FAP2003)

Administration of Prescribed Medication, Catheters & Injections to Students (APC199703)

Procedure for Dealing with Medical Conditions in Children

Allergies and Anaphylaxis Procedure

Preschool Incident/Injury/Trauma Record
Emergency and Evacuation168, 97

Temporary Closure of Schools Policy (TCS199711)

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Policy (CNCIMR201301)

Critical/Non-Critical Incident Management and Reporting Procedure

Unexpected and Immediate Closure of Preschool Site

Evacuation and Lockdown Plan

Evacuation Map

Delivery and Collection of Children168, 99 Delivery and Collection of Children at Preschool ProcedurePreschool Enrolment Pack
Excursions168, 100, 102Excursion Policy (EMP200607)

Preschool Excursion Procedure

Preschool Excursion Risk Assessment

Preschool Incursion Risk Assessment

Preschool Permission Note (Cost)

Preschool Permission Note (No Cost)

Providing a Child Safe Environment168

Child Protection and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in the ACT (CPRCAN201007)

Child protection and reporting child abuse and neglect - Guidelines for ACT Public Schools

Providing Safe Schools P-12 (SSP200704)

DHS - Keeping Children and Young People Safe - A guide to reporting child abuse and neglect in the ACT

Considerations for Setting up Outdoor Equipment

Preschool Outdoor Learning Environment Procedures

Process for Ensuring the Cleanliness of Equipment

Child Protection Procedure

Sleep and Rest Procedure

Student Wellbeing Procedure

Environmental Sustainability Procedure

Outdoor Checklist

Indoor Checklist

Cleaning of Equipment Checklist

Preschool Dynamic Risk Assessment


Teachers Code of Professional Practice

ACT Public Service Code of Conduct

Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics

Preschool Staffing Procedure

Students, Volunteers and Visitors Procedure

Preschool Staff Induction Folder

Programming and Planning Guide

Interactions with Children168, 155, 156

Working with children and young people - Volunteering Policy and Procedures (WCY2003)

Code of Conduct for Volunteers

Information Pack for Volunteers

Interactions with Children Guidelines

Toileting Considerations Procedure

Inclusion Procedure

Enrolment and Orientation168, 158

Education Participation (Enrolment and Attendance) (EP201111)

Enrolment in ACT Public Schools (Early Childhood Schools - Year 12) Procedure

Student Immunisation Record Keeping Policy

Enrolment and Orientation Procedure

Preschool Preferences Note

Preschool Handbook

Governance and Management181, 168, 150

Student Record Keeping Policy (SRK200610)

Preschool Governance and Management Procedure

Determining the Responsible Person Present Procedure

Confidentiality of Records Procedure

Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations168 Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations Policy and Procedure 
Payment of Fees168 Payment of Voluntary Contributions 
Dealing with Complaints168Complaints Resolution Policy (CRP200601)Complaints and Feedback Procedure