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Preschools and Kindergarten

NextSense Preschools and Kindergarten offer a supportive environment for children with hearing or vision loss.
A preschool girl wearing cochlear implant with her Auslan teacher

We offer three specialist preschool programs across New South Wales and Victoria.

Preschools at North Rocks (NSW)

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision can enrol at one of our three specialist preschools (NextSense Spoken Language Preschool, NextSense Sign Bilingual Preschool, NextSense Blind and Low Vision Preschool) where our expert teachers foster language, emotional and social development to enhance self-esteem and independence. We also offer specialist hearing loss support for children in mainstream preschools.

We offer three specialist preschool programs:

  • NextSense Spoken Language Preschool, an inclusive early learning program for children aged 3-5 years who are deaf or hard of hearing and their hearing peers.
  • NextSense Sign Bilingual Preschool, a bilingual (Auslan and English) program for deaf and hard of hearing children who are being educated with their signing hearing peers. Children can enrol in this program from 2 years of age.
  • NextSense Blind and Low Vision Preschool, for children with low vision aged 3-5 years.

Kindergarten at Blackburn (Victoria)

NextSense Kindergarten at Blackburn provides inclusive programs for hearing children and children with hearing loss who are 3 and 4-years-old. Our programs aim to stimulate a child’s development, and build self-confidence and social skills to best prepare them for school.

Our teachers and support staff are highly experienced in meeting the needs of all children, including those with hearing loss. For children who are deaf or hard of hearing, we can adapt their environment to best suit their needs, including by using assistive technology and acoustically optimal environments.

Take a virtual tour around our Blackburn Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Tour—NextSense Blackburn poster

For further information regarding NextSense Kindergarten at Blackburn (excluding enrolments, which are managed by Whitehorse PreSchool Association) please get in touch with us:

Enrolment forms are available on the Whitehorse PreSchool Association (WPSA) website.

Learning together

We recognise the importance of your family in your child's early learning. That's why our programs are designed to engage with parents and caregivers.

Our kindergarten and preschools operate on an inclusive model. This means your child will learn alongside hearing peers from the local community, who can be excellent language and listening models.

All children receive specialist education from our expert teaching staff, and by attending preschool together can develop social connections and learn together in an inclusive environment.

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