Welcome to the Possum Place Preschool & Early Learning Centre Alstonville

Possum Place Pre-School and Early Learning Centre Alstonville is privately owned and provides high-quality Early Childhood Education Programs for babies through to toddlers and exceeds the national standards in the National Quality Framework. With a dedicated pre-school program run by a full-time teacher and a full-time educator.

The centre is conveniently open long day-care hours 6:30am – 6:30pm to suit working or studying families and has a strong association with its local community in Alstonville and exceptional partnerships with parents.

Possum Place was founded in 2012 by Owner and Director Lisa Martin, who believes in facilitating a safe, secure and nurturing environment in which children can have rich and rewarding experiences where they can grow, learn and make connections between what they are learning both in indoor and outdoor environments, at home and in the local community.

If you’re looking to secure your child’s future, contact us now to find out about our program and our qualified early childhood teachers and educators.

Care Environments


The Joeys room is for 0-2 year olds who engage with educators on a 1:4 ratio.


The Possums room is for 2-3 year old toddlers who engage with educators on a 1:5 ratio.


The Koala room is for 3-4 year old junior preschoolers who engage with educators on a 1:10 ratio.


The Kangaroo room is for 4-5 year old preschool children who are transitioning to school and engage with educators on a 1:10 ratio.

Our Facilities

Education Programs

  • Each room has a specialised independent program based on play and revolved around each individual child’s interests as well as development.
  • Educational and room leaders ensure all educators contribute and support each independent program and it reflects the children in their room.
  • We offer indoor/outdoor programs to ensure children are able to engage in the outdoor environment as well as indoor.
  • Experiences are planned and spontaneous throughout the day to ensure all children’s interests and developmental ability is being met and encouraged.
  • We are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Framework.

Play-Based Learning

  • Our philosophy values play-based and child-centred learning as do the Educators within the service (supported by the EYLF and NQF).
  • Allowing children to be children for longer.
  • Creating experiences to support and encourage children to reach their full potential.
  • We ensure partnerships are created with families of the centre as well as the Alstonville community. Communicate daily happenings and occurences through a number of methods to ensure families feel connected and are made aware of their children’s days.

Meal Times

  • Alfresco eating area.
  • Parents/carers provide Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea as well as breakfast and a late afternoon snack if here before 8am or after 5pm.
  • Healthy options encouraged.
  • We follow the Munch & Move program to support healthy habits and environments in our education programs. Munch & Move is a government initiative that assists educators to implement a fun, play-based approach to healthy eating and physical activity with young children. We love to see children experience the process first hand so we integrate cooking experiences within the program which encourages children to see what ingredients goes into their food and to have discussions about the healthy lifestyles, including what’s good for our bodies and why.

Sleeping Routines

  • 0-2 year old children have a sleep in a cot or on a mat depending on their age and development. Children have a sleep following their routine or when they are showing signs of tiredness.
  • 2-3 year old children have a sleep after lunch on a rest mat.
  • Bring in any comforters, dummies etc.
  • 3-5 year old children are offered a sleep after lunch on a rest mat, however, if they choose not to have one then quiet activities are offered e.g. meditation, yoga, visual story.
  • We provide rest sheets.

What The Parents Say

Our results speak for themselves!

At Possum Place Preschool and Early Learning Centre Alstonville, we work within and exceed
the national standards for the quality of education and care that we offer our children.

To find out how we are exceeding these areas, click on the areas below.

Educational program and practice of educators are stimulating and maximise opportunities for enhancing and extending each child’s learning and development.

Children’s right to experience quality education and care in an environment that provides for their health, safety and wellbeing.

Physical environment is safe, suitable and provides a rich and diverse range of experiences that promote children’s learning and development.

Qualified and experienced educators, who develop warm, respectful relationships with children and families to provide a quality service.

Relationships with children are responsive, respectful and promote children’s sense of security and belonging.

Collaborative relationships with families are fundamental to achieving quality outcomes for children.

Effective leadership and governance of the service contribute to quality environments for children’s learning and development.