About Us

Lismore Preschool Incorporated is a not-for-profit community based preschool, offering quality early childhood education for children aged three years to school age.

With two well-appointed air-conditioned classrooms and beautiful outdoor learning environments, the preschool overlooks the Lismore community garden and is close to Lismore's CBD, Lismore Shopping Square, public transport, and public and private hospitals and schools.

Our preschool committee comprises of volunteer preschool parents and community members who meet each month, with the Director responsible for the day to day management of the service and reporting to the Management Committee.

We extend a warm welcome to you to come and visit the preschool, view our educational program and resources, have a walk around our centre and meet our friendly, experienced and highly qualified staff team.

If you have any questions regarding the committee, including roles, responsibilities or how to become involved, please do not hesitate to contact the centre Director Alexis Smith.

Lismore Preschool

62 Brewster St. Lismore N.S.W 2480

Phone: (02) 6621 5428

Preschool Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Extended Hours: 3.30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Facilities

  • Highly qualified and experienced early childhood teachers and educators
  • High educator/child ratios
  • Strong community links and partnerships (including local primary schools and support services.)
  • Commitment to equitable and inclusive practices and opportunities for all children
  • Beautiful and natural outdoor learning environment
  • Well-resourced learning and teaching spaces and places
  • Flexible indoor/outdoor educational program responsive to individual and group needs
  • Encouragement of sustainable and environmentally responsible practices

Our Philosophy

At Lismore Preschool we aim to provide a supported and secure environment where children are viewed as capable, competent individuals who are actively involved in constructing their own learning. We seek to embed sustainable and equitable best practice within all experiences and interactions, supporting shared thinking, social justice, inclusion and reflective practice built around our relationships and connectedness to country.  Lismore Preschool acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation and the local Widjabul Wia-bal Country as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and learn.

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We use a child-centred play based curriculum underpinned by the principles, practices and outcomes of the National Early Years Learning Framework – “Belonging, Being and Becoming.”  As part of the Lismore community we are committed to respectful partnerships with local family support organisations in our region, advocating for the rights of children both within the preschool and the wider community.

In relation to children we believe:

  • Responsive relationships are integral to effective interactions and engagements with children.
  • We scaffold learning and support children to persevere and take on challenges.
  • We look for opportunities to engage with and support children as partners in learning, valuing holistic teaching and learning opportunities.
  • We believe all children learn best as active learners, when they are seen to be capable and unique and offered opportunities to become critical thinkers.
  • Children’s ideas and interests are listened to and reflected upon throughout the shared journey of learning.
  • To ‘be’ is to live in the here and now – to recognise the value of stillness, value children’s desire for peace and solitude and allow time to slow down and listen respectfully.
  • All children have the capacity to succeed, regardless of their abilities and circumstances and have the right to the necessary support required to participate alongside their peers to achieve high quality learning outcomes.

In relation to educators we believe:

  • The diversity and strengths of individuals create the richness of our team.
  • We understand that personal wellness and well-being are integral to effective relationships with children, families and each other.
  • We value our own journey of being, belonging and becoming.
  • We celebrate individual and team success, recognising opportunities for further knowledge building and personal leadership contributions.
  • We recognise our personal philosophies are supported and guided by centre philosophy, built upon the Code of Ethics, Early Years Learning Framework and shared pedagogical best practice theory.

In relation to families, the management committee and the wider community:

  • We celebrate cultural traditions, knowledge and inclusive practice and are committed to building further knowledge around these practices.
  • We are committed to working in partnerships with families, challenging issues of inequity and advocating for positive social outcomes for children, families and community.
  • We are guided by safe workplace policies, standards and practices.
  • We follow lawful policies and procedures and adhere to a commitment of best practice decision-making.

Updated March 2019

Lismore Preschool acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung Nation and the local Widjabul and Wiyabal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future and honour their knowledge, culture and deep connection to country.We acknowledge the important role that our children have, recognising that they are the teachers, leaders and decision makers of both today and in the future and are proud to be sharing part of this journey.

The thing that sets Lismore Preschool apart from the others has got to be its people. The  teachers and educators are all happy, warm and caring educators and take the time to get to know each of the children in their care. The programs are innovative, leaving enough time for our children to explore play, make friends and grow. Their school readiness program has also left me confident that the transition to school will be easier. Lismore Preschool has a wonderful sense of community and we are happy to be a part of it.

- Elke R.