Our Preschool and Nursery
Waratah Preschool and Nursery has provided quality early childhood education and care to children and their families in the Berowra area for over thirty years. Sa Chen and Hui Zhao became the centre owners since September 2009 , building on strong foundations to offer a nurturing and educational environment for children in their care.
The centre is a fifty-six place long day care and preschool centre for children aged 0 to 6 years.
We open from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. We also offer a short day for the preschooler room from 8.30am to 3.30pm to offer flexible hours to meet the local families needs.
Structured programs are provided for children in three age groups and rooms:
8 infants (blue room) 0 to 2 years
15 toddlers (green room) 2 to 3 years
30 preschoolers (preschool room) 3 to 6 years.
At Waratah Preschool and Nursery, we believe that every child is special and unique.
Our educators believe that all children have the right to be treated equally and with respect, regardless of culture, lifestyle, language, ability or gender.
We value the reciprocal relationships that we build with children, families and staff and we strive to make Waratah Preschool a centre that provides a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment.
We believe families play the most important role in their child’s early learning and development and strongly value and respect the insight and tradition that each family brings. We seek to involve families in the centre’s decision making.
Children learn through their play interests and meaningful interaction with others. Under the guiding principles of the Early Years Learning Framework, educators use an ongoing planning cycle to assess and document children’s learning and to provide a holistic program based on each child’s current interests, strengths, needs and experiences.
We value our high quality team who provide the best care for our children. The centre management encourage staff to continuously update their skills and build on their professional knowledge.
We respect the Indigenous custodians of this area and connect with local community by acknowledging and incorporating the resources available.
Sa Chen, Centre Director
Centre director Sa chen is an early childhood teacher who has managed the centre since 2009. Sa is a qualified teacher for Australia, New Zealand and China. Over the past nine years Sa has successful managed both Waratah Preschool and Asquith Early Learning centre.
Sa understands the time pressures and flexibility needs of all parents and carers of small children, ensuring the centre provides the best possible care and nurturing to support the unique needs of your child.
Keeping up with small children needs energy and dedication. Waratah Preschool and Nursery has a large amount of long term permanent staff to manage the needs of each age group.
Staffing the preschool and nursery so that more experienced educators work with those newer to childcare is a mark of our quality approach, ensuring that knowledge and experience is shared across the team.
Educator to child ratios are always higher than legally required. Having more staff available than the minimum government requirement not only facilitates mentoring and learning, it also helps to keep energy levels high throughout the day.
Every day at Waratah Preschool and Nursery is structured, and follows a seasonal routine (winter / summer). Often activities for the day are themed around the childrens' or their families' interests. We welcome parental and carer involvement in the development of our program.
To find out more, contact us to arrange a visit to the centre, or refer to the Parent Handbook.
We have chosen Waratah Preschool because they offered us shorter hours that fit in with 'big school' hours and we were able to get the days we needed. Although we are a new family to the Waratah community, we have used the centre before in 2009. When I first met Sa in 2009 she chatted to me with an upset child in her arms and was so calming and reassuring to both me, a new parent to the centre, and the child she held. Her staffing choices are excellent. Today Roxc is a brilliant communicator via email and in person. I feel constantly reassured that my child is having a good settling in period. The centre is small and has a lovely family atmosphere. My child is being well looked after and I would highly recommend Waratah Preschool.
Waratah is a warm and loving community. The carers work with parents and children to ensure that the childcare experience is enjoyable and fun for all! I have seen two kids through Waratah and everyone just feels like part of the family. My eldest is still mates with his Waratah buddies even now his in big school! Lovely staff, lovely space, play area and a warm welcoming community.
We love Waratah!!
Waratah Preschool is the best! Nothing makes me happier as a mother than knowing my kids are well looked after and having fun right from the moment they walk through the doors. The centre is well run and organised and all the staff are wonderful, caring and much loved by all the kids. Waratah gives me guilt free care for my children, knowing that my kids are stimulated and engaged in a caring environment while I have to either work or take some much needed time out gives me confidence to enjoy my day.
Waratah Preschool always goes above and beyond with their caring, fun, clean, safe and nurturing environment. The staff are amazing and my daughter is always happy to go to preschool. They continue to provide a range of daily activities for the children to choose from, to cater for all their different needs and interests. They always run a range of different learning programs throughout the year, which always sparks the children's curiosity and excitement at the centre. The staff are always happy to take time out to tell me about my daughter's day, they're always friendly and welcoming.
I would highly recommend Waratah Preschool!!