Preschool celebrates 30 years in August
Pretty Beach Community Preschool will be celebrating 30 years of operation in August.
"That is 30 years of providing quality education and care to thousands of children, many of whom remain in the area and whose own children are now attending the preschool," said preschool director Ms Kim Chippendale.
"The preschool successfully operated for almost 22 years from the then local Catholic Church building at 6-8 Highview Rd, Pretty Beach.
"The church site was only ever meant to be a temporary location so we pursued a permanent site for a purpose-built facility for many years and, in late 2005, what was then known as Walsingham Preschool and Pretty Beach Public School entered into discussions to develop our preschool on land owned by the Department of Education where the original school principal's house was located.
"After many years and tireless hours of work from volunteer management committees and community members, the preschool saw its dream of opening our fantastic state-of-the art premises on May 17, 2010.
"I can't believe it has been almost nine years now in this amazing early childhood facility," Ms Chippendale said.
"The preschool continues to grow, change and develop.
"We work in close collaboration with Pretty Beach Public School on many programs allowing for a smooth transition to school for our preschoolers.
"In July last year, the preschool was once again rated as exceeding of national standards in all seven quality areas assessed by the regulatory body.
"This is the highest accolade an early childhood service can be granted and therefore one we are very proud.
"We are constantly working on the provision of the highest quality education and becoming a leader in the early childhood sector.
"The preschool is an incorporated, not-for-profit community-based organisation open to all members of the local and broader committee," Ms Chippendale said.
Newsletter, 10 Mar 2019
Peta Colebatch, WTKCA