Welcome to the Nest at Alberton Primary School

The Nest Learning Community includes all Preschool and Reception children. We provide an interesting and engaging indoor/outdoor learning environment for children aged 3 to 6 years of age. We are guided by the Early Year’s Learning Framework and The Australian Curriculum.

Learning in the Nest is hands-on, meaningful and aligned to the individual needs and interests of children. Educators actively engage with individuals, small and large groups to cater for the needs of all children. Children have daily opportunities to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, participate in inquiry based learning and learn alongside specialist teachers in the areas of Life Science, Physical Education and Music.

We see children as competent and capable learners who come to us with a wealth of knowledge and ideas about the world.

Our Philosophy

The Nest, at Alberton Primary, is a vibrant learning community where children, families and educators work together to provide the best foundation for each child’s individual development and well being.

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the original custodians of the land on which The Nest is located. We strive to ensure our practices are respectful and inclusive of all cultures, religion, abilities, gender and families.

We intentionally create a supportive environment which is caring and welcoming to children and their families, and in which reciprocal relationships are valued. We respect our families as the first teachers of their children and work together to build trusting relationships which encourage family participation. Developing environmental awareness and embedding sustainability practices are integral to the Nest.

Our high quality learning program and environment is diverse and promotes creativity, inquiry, collaboration and risk-taking. We value the learning environment as the third teacher and intentionally create flexible spaces and opportunities for children to explore and be inspired. Children are provided with extensive opportunities to learn outdoors and use natural materials in their play.

We see children as competent and capable learners who come to us with a wealth of knowledge and ideas about the world. Educators promote children’s learning by planning and implementing an engaging and meaningful program that provides opportunities for children to learn through play, intentional teaching, and spontaneous learning experiences. The learning program reflects children’s interests, strengths and needs. The Nest’s integrated setting promotes and supports children to learn with and from each other. Children in the Nest have a genuine voice and choice in both their learning and the learning environment.

In the Nest, educators work alongside children to ‘Care for ourselves, Care for each other and Care for our place’.

In 2020 the Nest was awarded a rating of ‘Excellence’ by ACEQUA (Australian Children’s Education Care and Quality Authority) for a second time. This rating is the highest an early childhood setting can receive, and reflects the high quality learning environment and program The Nest provides for children.


Playgroup is a wonderful opportunity for preschool aged children aged 0 – 5 and their parents / caregivers to explore a range of activities together through play-based learning.  This will encourage your child to build their social skills through having fun, learning how to share with other children and develop new skills through connecting with music, stories, dance and play. 

Parents/caregivers will have an opportunity to strengthen their bond with their child, enjoy tea and coffee which is provided, and connect with other families in their community.  Playgroup supports you and your child to learn new skills, share experiences, play, learn and engage with others in a safe and caring environment. 

Playgroup is held each Friday morning of the school term, from 9:00am – 10:45am, with a gold coin donation.  Bookings are not required.   We look forward to meeting you and your child. 

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