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The Nemarluk Preschool opened on the 14 April, 1998, after much work by families of young children with special needs. It is operational during school terms, four mornings a week between 8.00am and 11.00am, and four afternoons between 12.00pm and 3:00pm. Each class, of approximately 5-6 students, has a Teacher and Special Education Support Officer who can be contacted through the Nemarluk School office.

The Preschool is a collaborative program involving School Support Services: Early Childhood Intervention Team, Carpentaria Early Intervention Services, and Nemarluk School. Students must meet specific criteria to enroll in the Preschool. This criteria is identified in the DECS "Enrolment of students with disabilities in special schools and special centres, 2011". Our Preschool program also complies with the Early Years Framework (DEEWR).

The Preschool students participate in a wide variety of early childhood activities including art/craft, gross motor, sensory motor and swimming/hydrotherapy, directed play, self care and morning/afternoon tea. The Preschool has a working relationship with Alawa Preschool, providing opportunities for play and age-appropriate interaction. Each student has an individualised Education Plan that is documented with information from families, teachers, therapists and education advisors. This team meets twice a year to share student achievements and decide on priority outcomes.

The Preschool provides for children aged from 3.5 years to 5 years (when they can enter full time schooling). On completion of preschool, families can decide to enroll their child in a primary school of their choice. Sometimes the most appropriate choice, when considering student needs, is Nemarluk School. The Early Childhood Intervention team will continue to support the student and family over the first two years of full time schooling.

Roles and Responsibilities

School Support Services Early Childhood Intervention

The Early Childhood Intervention advisory teacher can assist with:

  • Develop of Education Plan (EP), attending EP meetings as required
  • Child/family background
  • Information regarding developmental progress of student
  • Assessment of student
  • Professional development
  • Special education strategies
  • Program Planning
  • Vision and Hearing Advisory teachers from these sections are to be involved with children who have a hearing or vision impairment

As a child moves to Transition (full time school), a handover meeting with CDT therapists and school team is held.

Carpentaria Disability Services/EIS

  • Provide direct consultation in accordance with Family Service Plan and EP goals to child and teacher within the ECG environment.
  • Written recommendations provided to the preschool teacher and CC copies to ECI advisory teacher and Student Services for specialized treatment.
  • Attend EP meetings as required
  • Negotiate provision of equipment/resource requirements with ECI and principal of ECG
  • Provide in-servicing as required
  • Liaise with ECI advisory Teacher
  • Ensure all documentation for all service provisions are maintained
  • Provide discharge report prior to child commencing full time school and attend a hand over meeting with THS therapists and school team

Nemarluk Classroom Teacher

  • Develop and EP in consultation with the family, ECI advisory teacher and CDS/EIS to meet the educational needs of the children
  • Implement therapy and advisory teacher individual recommendations into a functional program and activities that meet the needs of the students.
  • Liaise with parents and other agencies and services
  • Make recommendations on future placements of students.