Welcome to Apples & Honey Preschool, a not-for-profit centre that has been serving the community for over 35 years.
We pride ourselves on our fantastic team of dedicated, experienced and qualified staff who put your children at the very core of everything we do. Our Educational Program and Practice is rated as "Exceeding" in the National Quality Standard.
Our centre is newly renovated, spacious and purpose built with a large outdoor playground and area for children to investigate and explore.
Our peaceful bushland setting features an outdoor area with sandpit, climbing structures, a themed garden and veggie patch.
Every day, we celebrate the children's capacity to learn, relate and shape their own stories and experience through play, friendship and learning encounters. Our stimulating play-based program encourages children to explore, investigate, contemplate, problem-solve and reflect on their world.
We offer convenient hours of operation - 8am until 6pm Monday to Thursday and 8am until 4pm on Fridays, 50 weeks of the year. Our school readiness program follows the Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework.
Child care subsidy is available to qualifying parents. Fresh and nutritionally balanced meals are provided, including morning, lunch and afternoon tea.
We are an inclusive, community based preschool providing children with quality, meaningful and inspiring education in a multicultural and progressive Jewish environment. Participation by children in any of our Jewish activities is optional and our preschool is open to everyone, regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds. In fact, our preschool community is diverse, as we welcome children and families from all cultures, religions and nationalities in our 39-place setting.
We are closed on NSW Public Holidays and for Jewish Festivals and do not charge for days when the preschool is closed.
At Apples & Honey Preschool, it is our vision to create a high-quality Early Childhood environment which strives to continually grow, evolve and impact the lives of children, families, educators and the wider community. Our philosophy draws on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Australian National Law and Regulations. With these, and our professional ethics, we aim to create an environment which promotes diversity, inclusion and social equity.
Our objective is to provide a play-based curriculum for children that encourages thinking, investigating, exploring and problem solving, using a variety of mediums. Our daily programs reflect a calm, relaxed and exploratory environment for growing and learning, especially through our natural environments, which means lots of time is spent outdoors in our beautiful natural setting.
Apples & Honey Preschool was established with the funds donated by Jack Hannes and Eva Holmes and is dedicated to the memory of their parents, Martin and Emma Hannes. Our centre was officially opened on August 23, 1981 by the Mayor of Willoughby, Alderman Jack Donnelly.
In 1995, the name of the centre was changed to North Shore Temple Emanuel (Martin and Emma Hannes) Preschool to more accurately reflect the Jewish background of the school.
Maurice Linker donated funds in memory of his parents Bernard and Fanny Linker. These funds were used to refurbish our beautiful playground.
In 2015, the centre became a preschool and long-day care centre and to mark this significant transition, the centre's name was changed to Apples & Honey Preschool.
Our preschool has been privileged to enjoy the hard work and dedication of many long-serving staff members. Their nurturing warmth has shaped the atmosphere of the preschool and inspires students and staff today.