Bermagui Preschool awarded rating of excellent again

EXCITED TO LEARN: Children at the Bermagui Preschool celebrate the news their preschool has again received an excellent rating.

EXCITED TO LEARN: Children at the Bermagui Preschool celebrate the news their preschool has again received an excellent rating.

Bermagui Preschool has again been recognised as one of the top preschools in NSW.

For the second time, it has been awarded a rating of excellent by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, which is the highest rating a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework.

"It's really, really amazing," teacher/director Narelle Myers said.

"We feel we do a good job, we have happy families and happy children.

"But to be recognised by the department at such a high level is reaffirming."

It is such a prestigious achievement only 12 other preschools in NSW have achieved the rating.

"Most of those services are in city areas where they have access to a lot more resources," Ms Myers said.

"For us as a rural preschool it's amazing that we can offer a service to that same standard even though we are in a regional area."

The preschool received the same rating last year, but then had to go through the process again this year in which it once again passed with flying colours.

The rating will last for the next three years, but the preschool has already begun to look at ways it can improve.

Ms Myers said she believed the secret of their success was their collaboration with the children, families, team of educators and broader community.

"When we're all working together, we achieve amazing things," she said.

These days there are 90 families who are part of Bermagui Preschool, showing it has come a long way from when Ms Myers first started there 20 years ago when there was only 18 families.

She thought one of the reasons for the increase was due to the shift in young families moving into the area.

In related news, Bermagui Preschool and Merrimans Lands Council have announced a weekend of talks, tours, crafts and garden activity to celebrate and enhance the recently-initiated Moodji Farm next to the preschool.

There will be a winter solstice fire ceremony, a talk with writer and historian Bruce Pascoe, local Indigenous Australian artist Cheryl Davison and natural beekeeper Adrian Iodice, as well as the chance to learn how to make string from Indigenous Australian fibers to be used in the construction of a 30-metre bamboo trellis for the farm project.

It will take place over June 21-23, for more details click here.

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