Preschool at Ainslie School General Information

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Preschool education at Ainslie School

Ainslie School has two preschool sites, Baker Gardens Preschool and Reid Preschool. Each preschool has been assessed and achieved a rating of overall EXCEEDING the National Quality Standard. Educators work collaboratively to plan and implement high quality play based programs based on the school's purpose and vision statement as well as Belonging, Being and Becoming, the Early Years Learning Framework. We foster reciprocal, respectful relationships in our school community.

How do I enrol in an Ainslie School Preschool for 2020?

Enrolment forms and early entry eligibility procedures are available to download or complete online from the Parent guide page of the Education Directorate website. You will need to provide the following documentation to the Ainslie School front office between 8.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday;

  • Proof of child's age (birth certificate or passport)
  • Immunisation record (if they have had their 4 year old immunisations)
  • Proof of residence

In accordance with Education Directorate (ED) policy, the order in which we confirm enrolment at the Ainslie School Preschool unit is:

  1. Children who live within our Priority Enrolment Area
  2. Siblings of children already at Ainslie School who live in the ACT
  3. Siblings of children already at Ainslie School who live in the NSW
  4. ACT children whose place of residence is out of our Priority Enrolment Area

Priority Enrolment Area for Ainslie School

Ainslie School's priority enrolment area includes the suburbs of Canberra City (Civic), Acton, Reid, Braddon and half of Ainslie (South Side of Wakefield Avenue and Wakefield Garden).

Ainslie Priority Enrolment Area map

Other Relevant Information

Preschool consumables contributions

In place of a Stationery Consumables Pack, we ask preschool families to make a contribution towards consumable resources required to enhance the preschool program. This contribution will supplement resources supplied by Ainslie School and include such things as;

  • Cooking ingredients
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Creative and performing art resources
  • Early writing equipment

As with all contributions in public schools, they are voluntary and where a family cannot meet that contribution in full or at all, the school equity fund will ensure all children's needs are met.

Parent Involvement

We greatly value your involvement and there are many ways that you can support your child's preschool education such as;

  • Assisting on excursions
  • Sharing special skills and talents
  • Preschool Parent Committee

The preschool parent committee is a sub-committee of the Ainslie School P&C Association with a president, secretary and treasurer as formal positions. They assist the running of preschool through fundraising to update resources and helping to keep the environment safe and engaging.

Ainslie School's (Reid and Baker Gardens) Preschool Handbook

Ainslie School Board Report 2013 (pdf logopdf version)

Ainslie School 2016 Action Plan

Preschool Philosophy

Early Entry

Early Entry is offered to eligible families to meet the needs of their children in the early years of their education. Early Entry is only considered for children in the following categories:

  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children
  • Mobility (such as for Australian Defence Force personnel)
  • Gifted and Talented children.

For further information, please contact Early Childhood Education on 6205 9296 or email

More information can be found within the relevant policies below or on the Education Directorate's website at

Fun learning links for preschool children

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Starfall Learn to Read with Phonics

Count Me In Too web link

Count Me In Too games

ABC for kids web link

ABC4Kids Playschool Games