Our Preschool is a three unit community based, not for profit, preschool licensed for 60 children per day, offering early childhood education for 120 children in the 3 – 5 year old age group over a 5 day week. The present Jacaranda building was purchased by the community, after a fundraising ball, and placed on land donated by Sutherland Shire Council in 1952. Jacaranda continues to receive the support of Sutherland Shire Council as the landlord of the building. Extensive building and playground renovations provided through parent building fund donations, fundraising and community grants have ensured that Jacaranda is a safe, happy, nurturing and evolving environment.
Jacaranda is committed to providing children and families with an enthusiastic, resourceful and dedicated team of professional early childhood educators and support staff. Educators are employed with higher than regulated qualifications and we have increased child to staff ratios due to the employment of trainees.
Jacaranda is funded by the NSW State Government through the Dept. of Education – Early Childhood Education Directorate. Funding is based on the number of children who attend in their year prior to school. Equity funding is available for parents in receipt of a low income health care card. The Disability Inclusion Program (Dip) provides support, funding, resources and training to assist preschools with improving the participation and educational outcomes of children with a disability or additional needs in their service. Fees are set yearly by the Management Committee, based on the funding that will be received in the following year. Jacaranda also has a Building Fund which is tax deductible and a Term Levy. Any fundraising during the year is for charities.