Welcome to Coorara Preschool

22 Matison Road Morphett Vale SA 5162 
Phone: (08) 8325 0866 Fax: (08) 8325 2927

The staff and governing council would like to welcome you to Coorara Preschool.


Vision Statement

Coorara Preschool is a community of life-long learners who celebrate childhood.

It is a place to learn through play, to explore, to interact, discover and grow.

Our dedicated staff team provide a hands-on teaching and learning curriculum.

We value each child as a unique person, leading to feelings of self worth and independence.

Partnerships are forged with the whole community acknowledging the diverse range of participation and involvement making the experience of preschool enjoyable for all.


About Us

Staff team

Director: Michelle Morrissey

Teacher: Cathy Magill

Early Childhood Worker: Margaret Giles

Preschool Support Worker: Marian van Antwerpen

Lunchcare: Jo Hann & Marian van Antwerpen

At Coorara Preschool

  • We welcome parents, caregivers and community workers

  • Parents, community and staff work together to provide a rich education for our  children.

  • We actively encourage, model and support appropriate positive social interaction and cooperation.

  • We manage behaviour according to each individual child's needs.

  • We aim to provide a vibrant enjoyable and positive caring environment 



Please come in and complete a preliminary enrolment form at anytime.

Preschools are not zoned and parents are able to choose the preschool of their choice. However, at times of high demand, the Coorara priority of access policy is implemented to ensure those who live geographically closest have priority.

The director will contact you towards the end of the term prior to pre entry regarding place availability.

Availability of places is limited by staffing and building size.



•  $15 per term for pre entry

•  $110 per term for sessional preschool ($90 for early-bird payment)

The above fees include lunch care and are based on the 5 sessions per week.

Fees are due by the end of week 5 each term. GST is not charged on preschool fees. The option to pay via instalments is also available.


Transition to school

As most of the children who attend Coorara Preschool continue on to attend Coorara Primary School, we have developed strong relationships with the school to ensure the transition to school is a positive one.

The transition program for children going to Coorara Primary School is the subject of ongoing evaluation and improvement.

At present, four transition visits occur during the term prior starting school.

More details will be provided to you as your child moves into this phase.

We also have children transitioning to other schools in the area.


Assessment and reporting

Regular feedback on your child's achievement, interests and concerns will be provided both informally throughout the term and in a formal written report in your child's last term at kindergarten.


Health issues and practices

Coorara Preschool has a healthy eating policy. We advise all parents to pack their child fruit for a snack each day, along with a drink bottle filled with water.

Children are also required to wear a hat at all times when outside.


Parent/Caregiver Involvement

The most valuable resource a preschool has are the parents.

Parents are always welcome to spend time at the preschool.

There is a variety of ways in which you can take an active part in maintaining the high standard of service that Coorara Preschool offers.

Our centre is managed by parents and staff, which make up our governing council. This group is responsible for policy making, maintenance, fundraising, social events and financial administration. At present, the governing council meets three times a term (in weeks 2, 5 and 9).

All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.

Session Times


Pre-entry consists of one session per week during the term prior to commencing kindergarten. The session's available for pre-entry may vary from term to term, depending on needs of eligible children and staffing.


Early Entry

Aboriginal children & children under the Guardianship of the Minister (GOM) are entitled to 4 preschool sessions per week from age 3.

Children with special needs (such as a disability, speech/language issues etc.) can apply for early entry at 3 and a half years, with the written recommendation of a medical practitioner or other medical professional.


Kindergarten Sessions

Children may attend five kindergarten sessions a week, totalling 15 hours.

Our session times are currently:

Tuesday & Wednesday - 8.30am - 3:00pm

Thursday - 8:30am - 11:30am

Lunch Care (for full day attendance children only) - 11:30am - 12:00pm

 NOTE: session times are subject to change due to number of enrolments.


Playgroup Sessions

Coorara playgroup operates on Fridays, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Playgroup is a great opportunity to meet local parents and to relax with a cuppa.

Parents, carers, grandparents and relatives are all welcome at Coorara playgroup.

Playgroup has a range of activities for infants to children up to 5 years old. These activities include toys, puzzles, books, computers, theme days, special guests, shared fruit, songs and rhymes, craft activities and outdoor exploration.

The cost of playgroup is $3 per family, per session or $4 per session for family day care providers. However, your first week is free!

We also have a social club, which organises fun activities such as fundraisers and end of term functions.

Please note that there are no playgroup sessions in the school holidays or in the last week of term.

Site Context Statement

Our site context statement is available for download below.

Coorara Preschool Site Context Statement (PDF, 113 KB)

Let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment.
Feedback is valuable as it helps us shape our services to meet your needs.

Our guide to raising a parental concern or complaint (PDF, 448 KB)

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