Newstead Preschool

Newstead Preschool offers a friendly and creative environment, with small class sizes, in a great country town. We offer a 3-year old and a 4-year old program.

The Preschool offers the children a creative play-based program where they can learn more about themselves, others and the world around them. This is done in a supportive community with individual, small and large group experiences.

Our staff are highly skilled. The Director and Teacher, Amelia Stuparich, has many years experience as a qualified Early Childhood teacher. The newly appointed co-educators, Louise Jiricek and Rebecca Buchanan, also have many years experience working with children in Family Day Care, facilitated playgroups, and in preschool settings.


Our Preschool philosophy is based on the concept of providing a happy, safe, emotionally and socially enriching environment that creatively nurtures the development of the whole child.

We see the task of learning as a shared experience that involves: 

the children, the families, the staff and the community.

Families play an important role in the program by their support and participation. Parents, guardians and family are always welcome to help with activities, for example: baking, playing instruments, story telling, woodwork, gardening, sewing.
We view creative play as the best medium for learning. The Program allows for flexibility to accommodate each child's individual interests, differences and stages of development. Through the use of both free and structured play we cater for the educational needs of the children. The Program is designed to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language needs and interests of each child.

It encompasses the learning outcomes as described in the National Early Years Framework:
  • children will have a strong sense of identity
  • children are connected to and contribute to their world - community
  • children have a strong sense of well-being
  • children are confident and involved learners
  • children are effective communicators.

Some of the areas the Preschool Program develop are:

  • independence
  • new relationships, self-esteem and self-confidence with peers and adults
  • respect and awareness of others
  • co-operative skills
  • enjoyment of their learning experience
  • an awareness and consideration of our environment
  • creative exploration of a range of materials
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • a sense of responsibility
  • to have experiences which stimulate the development of early literacy and numeracy concepts.
We also encourage a love and respect of the natural environment through regular visits the the Newstead Community Garden with the 4 year old group.  We have our own plot at the garden and encourage the children to contribute through planting, watering, weeding and harvesting.

The Preschool has implemented a number of 'green' initiatives, such as the installation of solar panels to provide green power, water tanks, water-saving taps and composting, as well as the use of calico bags for the children's art work.

The sessions are held over three days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm. The pre-kinder (3 year old program) will run for 3 hours per week in conjunction with the Pre-school session (4 year old program) on Tuesdays between 9.30 am - 12.30 pm.

Please call Amelia, our Preschool Director, to organise a visit or enquire about enrolling your child at Newstead Preschool.  Or alternatively, download an application form to express your interest in enrolling your child (no obligation). The application form can be returned via email or post to PO Box 111, Newstead VIC 3462

And do come along and visit the centre at:
4 Panmure Street, Newstead
(just next to the swimming pool)

Contact Details

Contact Amelia Stuparich (Preschool Director)
Phone 03 5476 2688



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