Our preschool

Hendon Preschool

Our preschool is co-located with our primary school. At our preschool, children are supported to give them a great start in life. Through play-based learning, exploration and experimentation, your child will be set up to thrive when they’re ready for school.

Statement of Philosophy

Our philosophy reflects what we value and believe about early childhood education. It outlines the beliefs we adhere to in our interactions with children.

We respectfully acknowledge the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains as the custodians of the land on which we play and learn at Hendon Preschool.

View our Statement of Philosophy

When your child can start preschool

Your child is entitled to access 4 terms (1 year) of government preschool in the year before they start school.

We are introducing a mid-year intake into preschool. This means from 2023 children who turn 4:

  • before 1 May are eligible to start preschool at the beginning of the year.
  • on 1 May to 31 October can start preschool through the mid-year intake at the beginning of term 3 of that year.

Regardless of whether your child starts at the beginning of the year, or through a mid-year intake they will undertake 4 terms of preschool.

If your child turns 4 after 31 October they can start preschool at the beginning of the following year.

If you are uncertain about the best time for your child to start preschool or feel your child may benefit from starting preschool later, please talk to us about your options.

If your child is Aboriginal or under guardianship (in care) they are eligible for 12 hours of preschool after they turn 3. They will then be eligible for 15 hours per week of preschool in the year before they start school.

Early entry

If you have a child with disability or additional needs, they might be able to start preschool earlier if there are places available. Talk to us if this applies to you. Being given early entry to preschool does not guarantee early entry to school.


When you enrol your child you will be asked to provide evidence of their immunisation status.

Enrolling your child

You can register your interest to enrol your child with us by using the preschool registration of interest form. This form is also available from us.

Try to register your interest by 30 June, but you can do this any time during the year.

Priority will be given to children living in our catchment area, if you don’t live in our catchment area you should indicate at least 2 other preschool options on your form.

If we can give your child a place with us we’ll send you an offer letter in term 3. You can accept the offer by filling in and sending back the acceptance slip by the due date.

What we offer

Preschool program


Your child can attend preschool for up to 15 hours per week. Your child will be in group A or group B.

Group A

Monday Tuesday Wednesday

(1 session per month)

8:30am – 3:15pm 8:30am – 3:15pm 8:30am – 3:15pm


Group B


(1 session per month)

Thursday Friday
8:30am – 3:15pm 8:30am – 3:15pm 8:30am – 3:15pm



Occasional care

Our occasional care program is held once a week.

Eligibility: Children can attend over the age of 2years

Children cannot attend if they are enrolled in a childcare service


Thursday, 9.00am to 12.00pm


$5 per child

$1.50 for concession holders

What to bring

  • hat
  • drink bottle containing water
  • nutritious snack


We ask you to contribute towards the cost of your child attending preschool.

The parent contribution is $220 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay instalments of $55 each term.