About us

Spanish Australian Preschool (SAPS)

The Spanish Australian Preschool delivers the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) while providing children the opportunity to cement their knowledge of Spanish and English while travelling through their early years. We offer a holistic approach to education with experiences planned with the children at the centre of our program.

The Spanish Australian Preschool is managed by Bilingual Schools Australia, who are a team of educators that work to deliver the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework to children in different languages.

We aim to immerse children in a safe environment where they feel comfortable using Spanish and English. We are passionate about what we do because we know how important it is for children to grow up with skills for life.

Our vision.

Bilingualism for all.

Our mission.

To provide children with a bilingual education that develops skills for life.

Our values.

Empathy. Excellence. Community.

Educational Curriculum

We offer a cross-cultural curriculum which is fluid and progressive. It follows the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) practices and outcomes in English and Spanish.

The curriculum is planned and implemented in a balanced nature, arises from the children’s expressed interests, and considers each child’s stage of development. The children will take an active role in developing the curriculum together with the educators and their families. Our curriculum aims to allow the children to grow and develop their abilities to their maximum potential.

The teacher’s role supports the co-constructed curriculum to enhance learning through planning and interactions with children (intentional teaching) while encouraging, extending, and valuing children’s spontaneous learning.

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Bilingual Program

The Spanish Australian Preschool runs using inquiry and child-initiated projects where activities do not happen happen in isolation. This approach allows for creativity, imagination, skills, and knowledge to develop naturally. The purpose-built environments provide materials and resources empowering young children to investigate, explore, imagine, and create play. In addition, our bilingual program ensures there are opportunities for planned and unplanned/play experiences, which will facilitate the individual child’s growth and provide learning situations in cooperation with their peers.

All programs are based on the teacher’s observations in consultation with families and community members. An individual educational program is developed to respect individual abilities to maximise learning.

Meals and food.

The focus of our menu is health, a balanced diet, and independence. We use meals as an opportunity to teach children how to make good choices.

Age and ratio.

Our preschool offers a program for children aged 3 to 5 years, with a transition to kindergarten once their two years are complete. Although our ratio is dictated by the NQS, we aim to exceed this and ensure children benefit from greater attention from our educators.

Relationship with families

Our program offers support to all families, creating opportunities for parents to further their knowledge and interest in child development. It also promotes and respects all cultures by fostering active communication, consultation and collaboration, building respectful relationships.
Respecting and understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture is also essential for building partnerships with our community.

Creative and Physical Activities

The preschool children benefit significantly from participating in physical movement classes, such as yoga and dance. Each session invites the children to expand their imagination and creativity using body movements and yoga postures. Our program is very creative and playful. The elements of yoga, rhythmic dance patterns, relaxation, and mindfulness are introduced and presented in a fun and meaningful way to the group.

Environmental understanding

The program encourages children’s curiosity about the natural environment and respect for living things. Sustainability practices are highlighted through gardening, composting, recycling, and water conservation. Growing our vegetables and learning about fundamental skills of growing organic food, composting and recycling food scraps in the worm farm are some of the skills the children will practise.

Musical Education

Our program also runs music classes throughout the week. Music education at a young age has profound and enduring positive effects on children’s emotional development. Music is a universal language that unites us all and assists us to master new skills. The program weaves art, dance, drama, music, and cultural expression into all aspects of the environment.

Leadership

The Spanish Australian Preschool is led by a team of expert bilingual educators.

Cris Wright
Director / Approved Provider

Arrived in Australia in 2013, Cris trained as a teacher in the UK. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages (Italian and German) from the University of Leicester and an MA in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Westminster, London. While she tutored GCSE and A Level Spanish, German and Italian, Cris also worked in finance in multinational companies such as Caterpillar and Sony. In addition, she became a teacher at the specialised teacher training school Upton Court Grammar, Berkshire.

Along with education, languages have always been a passion of hers. Cris believes that bilingualism provides incredible benefits to children’s development and equips them with the skills to succeed in a world where globalisation is the norm.

Cris is involved with other boards in different capacities in community associations such as the ACT Hispanic Parents Association and the North Belconnen Community Association. In addition, as the founder of Bilingual Schools Australia, she is leading several projects related to bilingual education.

Her vision for the Spanish Australian Preschool is to ensure that children are allowed to thrive in the Early Years while acquiring and / or developing knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

Adriana Chowaniok
Nominated Supervisor

Adriana is a qualified teacher from Argentina with over 30 years of experience working with young children. She is extremely passionate about teaching and learning. From an early age, Adriana has been inspired to be a lifelong learner because she believes that knowledge is important to broaden people’s world views and improve their quality of life. Therefore, her goal is to support children to achieve their highest potential, to create a space in which they can actively think for themselves and drive their developmental milestones. Adriana is also a qualified children yoga instructor and a music teacher. 

We are all aware that there are many benefits to learning a second language at a young age. Studies have shown that direct human interactions through talking, reading, singing and playing are the most effective ways for children to acquire language. Adriana is eager to participate in this new initiative and make the most of this opportunity to offer an educational play-based program in both languages, which has always been a dream of hers.