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25 Years Of Kendall Community Preschool

Kendall Community Preschool began its humble existence in 1988 following local interest in an education program for young children prior to school. In 1988, the preschool began operation one day per week, with a total of 15 children. In the first few years, tremendous interest saw the preschool outgrow the original home at Kendall Community Hall. In 1990, the preschool became an incorporated association, and in 1992, opened its doors from 8.00am to 4.00pm, the current opening hours! In 1994, the preschool moved to its current location in the old NSW Forestry buildings at 19 Railway Street Kendall.

In 2011 the original building was extended seeing a beautiful sunroom added to the front of the preschool. The preschool added a Roadside Herb and Bushfood Community Garden to the front of the property opened on the wettest day in May 2013!

Also in 2013, Kendall Community Preschool celebrated its 25th Birthday at a wonderful Silver Jubilee and Spring Fete event and presented Miss Cathy with her own Garden Bench to commemorate her 25 years of service to the preschool.

Over the past 25 years, the preschool has seen 5 Directors, and many more committed families, who form the Management Committee, overseeing the long term future of the preschool. Staffing at Kendall Community Preschool has been very consistent, with Anne Overton working for nearly 20 years at the preschool, whilst Catherine Steinmetz began when the doors opened in 1988! Lynn Wilkes is another long serving member, beginning her career at Kendall Community Preschool in 1992.

Over more recent years, Kendall Community Preschool has developed to become one of the leaders in Early Childhood Education in NSW in particular in the areas of environmental sustainability and learning environments for young children, attracting interest from major Early Childhood Stakeholders, Universities and TAFE Institutions, and many other Early Childhood Services, locally and nationally. We continue to grow and research new ways of working with preschoolers, implementing best practices that fit with our ‘image of the child’ and philosophy to the best of our abilities so that children and families receive the high quality education that we are proud to offer.