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Dubbo District Preschool
Dubbo District Preschool

What We Offer

Quality Early Childhood Teachers who are trained in child development and use observation to plan an educational program for each child.

Staff who assist in supporting children's development through positive interactions based on trust and mutual respect.

A warm, caring and safe environment that is designed to foster, support and enhance play.

Qualified and caring staff: Each class is staffed by a qualified university trained Early Childhood Teacher and a TAFE trained assistant. In addition, extra staff are employed for all classes and provides additional help for children with special needs. Our high staff ratio allows children one-on-one time with their teacher. This is over our licence requirements.

The Importance of Play: Play enables children to learn about the world and relationships as well as their roles within these. We provide a stimulating environment which is based on children's interests and needs, that allows children to reach their individual potential. We aim to develop your child's creativity, curiosity, skills and knowledge through an individualised program based on play

Dubbo District Preschool


Preschool enrolments for the following year opens on the 1st of March from 8.30am (if this falls on a weekend it will be the first business day following).

However enrolments may be made at any time during the year for eligible children.

Enrolments may be made by phone 02 6882 2691 or by completing the Waitlist Application for; Dubbo or Buninyong.

  • 4-5 year old classes
  • 3-4 year old classes (the child must turn 3 before 28/2 in the Preschool Year)
(Children already enrolled will be offered enrolment for the following year)

Your child's name will be placed on a waiting list and your contact details noted. You may be contacted by email after July each year inviting you to apply via an online enrolment process.

All attempts are made to accommodate your needs; however the preschool cannot always offer your first choice of day or days due to the large numbers of children enrolling and limitations on how many children we can accommodate. The preschool is also required by our funding body to give preference to children meeting certain criteria.

If your child is not offered a position in August/September, they may be offered a place in 'second round' placements in October- December as we fill any remaining vacancies for the following year. Alternatively you may be offered a position at the start of the year or as a vacancy becomes available and we move down the waiting list. Please ensure your contact details remain current so we can contact you.

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As a preschool we operate during Term time only.

Fees are: $27.00 per day reduced fees are available to Aboriginal or low income families

If your sessions coincide with a pupil free day you will not be charged for these days. If your child is absent due to illness or holidays outside of normal school holidays fees must be paid.

Fees must be paid two weeks in advance

Fees can be paid by cash, eftpos or direct debit.

Late Collection Fee

A late fee of $20 for the first 10 minutes and $1 per minute thereafter will be charged for any late pick-up

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Starting Preschool

Starting Preschool is a big step for young children and some may become upset. Past experience has shown that it is easier to settle your child in by bringing them into their classroom, put bags away, drink bottles into crates, wash hands, sign in and then take them to an educator.

Watch them settle into an activity and then say goodbye and leave - ignore protests and please do not go back.

A staff photo will be available for your child to help reinforce their names and a sense of belonging within the Preschool.

Parents are encouraged to ring and check that their children have settled if they are at all concerned at any time during the day.

It is very important for parents to have a positive attitude towards leaving their children, and encourage and praise their children for calmly separating from them. Sometimes it is better to return early and pick them up and watch them do an activity then, rather than prolonging the goodbye in the morning.

Arrivals & Collections

As staff need to set up and pack away, we ask that parents observe session times carefully. Late collection fees do apply. Please refer to the Fees section above for details.

We offer a flexible times for children’s drop off and pick ups.

Arrival Time Collection Time
8:30am - 930am 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Children must be taken to and from their classroom by an adult and the attendance electronically signed in with the arrival/collection time. We encourage the child to help pack and unpack, put away bags and wash hands on both arrival and collection. In terms 1 & 4 the children play outside first, so please apply sunscreen and hat and bring your child outside to their teacher. Parents must notify the child's teacher/ office if someone other than those nominated on the enrolment form will be collecting their child.

Please read through our Family handbook for further Information

Dubbo District Preschool - Room 5 Playground Tent

Issues or Concerns

If you are not happy with any part of our service, you have the right to let us know. We welcome any complaints or suggestions because it helps us to provide a better service.

How to raise a concern?

Often problems can be sorted out by talking to a staff member.

If the problem is not resolved, your next step would be to speak to the Director of the centre. A copy of our complaints policy is available on request.

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Dubbo District Preschool - Room 5 Cooking