Preschool life

Preschool hours

Ficino Preschool’s programme operates between 8.40 to 3.20pm daily. Early-bird drop off is available from 7.40am for a fee, children may be signed into Preschool from 8.20am. Ficino after school care is available when the Preschool programme has finished for the day but will need to be considered on a case by case basis.

A typical day

The children follow a daily programme with periods of exploratory play, group learning, restful pauses, music, physical activity and structured tasks. Illustration_teacherChildren can choose to spend time either in the inside or outside areas where they have opportunities to participate in a variety of activities including physical, dramatic, social, cognitive and creative. Throughout the day, in both planned and spontaneous activities, numeracy and literacy awareness and knowledge and skills development is consciously integrated by the teachers. The children’s sense of self-worth as competent and capable learners is enhanced through activities that are challenging and developmentally appropriate, along with being directly related to their interests, needs and abilities.

 8:40 – 9:40am  Exploratory play
 9:40 – 9:50am  Fitness
 9:50 – 10:10am  Mat time (sharing, celebrations, reflection and discussion of current learning)
 10:10 – 10:30am  Morning Tea
 10:30 – 11:35am  Rotating free play and group learning time
 11:35 – 11:55am  Music, movement and rhythm, drama
 11:55 – 12:30pm  Lunch
 12:35 – 1:00pm  Relaxation time (rest, mindfulness, moral stories)
 1:00 – 2:00pm  Exploratory play
 2:00 – 2:15pm  Afternoon Tea
2:15 – 3:10pm Exploratory play and group learning time (four year old enrichment programme)
3:10 – 3:20pm Pack-up and final goodbye mat-time











There is potential for children to join the Ficino After School Care programme from 3.20pm but children would be accepted on a case by case basis.

Meals at Preschool

We strongly believe a healthy, balanced diet is central to good learning. All of the children’s food will be provided by the Preschool, including morning and afternoon tea. Like Ficino School, the food served will be in-season and vegetarian, include one hot dish, and be prepared freshly each day in our kitchen. Children with food allergies or gluten intolerance will be catered for as required.

Mealtimes are about more than just food at Ficino Preschool. Teachers will sit down with the children and teach them how to serve and care for one another, as well as engage in good conversation. Lunch will also be an opportunity for the students to practise their table manners and learn to use cutlery appropriately.

Birthdays are celebrated at preschool and the children will be welcome to bring a healthy snack to share. A fruit platter, small fruit kebabs or cups, sushi, savoury scones or plain popcorn are preferred.


Preschool children wear a Ficino polo-shirt with the addition of a polar fleece in winter. A choice of track pants, leggings, skort, or shorts and a hat, complete the uniform.