We welcome your interest as a prospective family of Penola Casa. We operate an inclusive early childhood school, where relationships, and a sense of community are at the heart of what we do. It’s important to us, that every child, every family, feels at home in our school environment. Please take a moment to read about some of the ways you can learn about and stay connected to our school, as well as register your interest for a place.
Families who want to be a part of Penola Casa are welcome to register their interest on our waiting list below.
Please note the below details about our process:
- There is no fee to join our waiting list
- Care is not guaranteed by joining the waiting list
- A place will be offered by the school (if available) and only secured after a visit to the school is made, an enrolment fee is paid and enrolment form completed.
*The centre follows Priority of Access Guidelines as set down by the Government.
Please note: our waiting list form will request your CRN number/s. If you don’t have those on hand yet, don’t worry, we can always get those later.
We are able to offer tours of Penola Casa for prospective families who wish to come see what we’re all about! We hold tours on Fridays, between 10 am – 11 am. Bookings are essential. Please contact us to arrange a tour.
“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about” – Piaget
How many days should my child attend?
When considering the days you will request for your child or children, we would encourage families to consider the merit of more than one day. In our experience over the past 20 years, children who attend one day struggle to form relationships with peers. The time between visits and the “water under the bridge” that occurs in any one week can sometimes leave the child feeling as though they are “settling in” every week. Many centres have adopted a mandated 2 day minimum. We have not done so at this stage at Penola Casa, but have at Mollys House and have found the benefits for children enormous. Once again however, we respect the rights of the family to do what’s best for them and their child.
How can I keep up with your news?
The best way to keep up to date with Penola Casa, is by joining our mailing list. You can also connect with us on Facebook @PenolaCasa.
Where can I learn more about the philosophy behind the Reggio Emilia approach?
Head to our philosophy and pedagogy page, to learn all about the way we do things and why we do them. You can also check out Reggio Australia’s website for more information.
How are your classes structured?
Our classes consist of four dedicated home classrooms, with children placed according to age range – infants 6 weeks to 2 years, toddlers 15 months to 3 years and kindergarten 3 – 5 years. This structure allows children to spend a large period of time forming close bonds with educators and peers – creating small communities within. We also have five communal spaces which children can access as an extension of the classroom. See our ‘What we offer’ page for more info.