Macarthur Preschool is well established and upholds a high reputation for the provision of quality care and education to the children of this community.

Macarthur Preschool has been rated overall at EXCEEDING NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD by NSW Department of Education.

The Preschool achieved Exceeding National Quality Standard in all 7 Quality Areas:

Educational Program and Practice;  Children's Health and Safety; Physical Environment;  Staffing Arrangements;  Relationships with Children;  Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities;  Leadership and Service Management.

The Preschool is Community Based where parents are actively involved in the management and operation of the Centre. Macarthur Preschool is licensed and funded by the Department of Education & Communities. (DEC).  Fee relief is available for low income earners.

We are non profit and all monies are directed into the running of the Preschool and equipment.

 The Centre is very well equipped providing a variety of equipment that is both age appropriate and challenging. Our natural outdoor environment encourages the children to explore and investigate their surrounds.

Macarthur Preschool Philosophy

We believe that the first five years are a crucial time in children's lives and as such a program that reflects this important time is vital.

"A Child's Place"

All children have human rights and are honoured and respected for their uniqueness and are accepted and integrated into the programme.

Children are competent learners with many strengths and interests to share.                                                                                                          
Happy children in a protective and secure environment where the educators act in the best interests of all children.                                                                                                                               
Intentional teaching and spontaneous experiences to extend and deepen children's learning.

Learning through play is critical.                                                                                                                                                                                        
Diversity of families and respect for their cultures and beliefs.                                                                                                                          
Sustainable practices are encouraged and implemented.

Partnerships between children, families and the community are developed and respected.                                                                                  
Learning and professional development for staff is ongoing as well as reflections on educational practices.                                                          
Acknowledgement of the Dharawal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which the preschool is situated.                                                                                                                                     
Children are free to explore and develop a respect for the natural environment.                                                                                             
Encourage and nurture each child's sense of Being, Belonging and Becoming.

Brief history of Macarthur Preschool

Macarthur Preschool Association formed in 1975 and in 1978 began operating as Macarthur Mobile Preschool Kindergarten Ltd., serving the areas of Cobbitty, Cawdor and Elderslie. A decision was made to utilize land owned by the Council to establish a permanent Preschool.

In July 1984 the Centre opened to serve the Camden area. All this was accomplished by a voluntary Committee and parents from the Preschool. To this day, the Parent Committee plays a vital role in the operation of the Preschool. Children attend on a 2 or 3 day basis - Monday/Tuesday, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, Thursday/Friday, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 8.30am - 4.00pm and in accordance with government school terms.