October 20, 2015

Thinking about where your child will go to childcare, preschool, primary or high school? Now is the time to get organised for 2016, so we’ve put together all the latest details about enrolment, orientation and information sessions for local schools.

Pitt Town Early Learning Centre
Waitlist applications are always open. To enrol your child, put your name on the waitlist at www.pitttownelc.com.au or call 02 4580 7064. Parents are welcome to visit the centre at any time – appointments are not needed.

Pitt Town Public School
Tuesday 27 October: Parent information evening for kindergarten 2016
Wednesday 28 October: Kindergarten Orientation Day For more information or to enrol a student in another year, call the school on 02 4572 3126.

Arndell College
Meetings with the headmaster can be arranged at any time, and include a tour of the school. To arrange a meeting and tour, contact the headmaster’s personal assistant Mrs Whelan on 02 4545 2472.

A swim school to make a splash about
“Swimming is an essential skill for the rest of a child’s life,” says Danielle Coyte of Pitt Town Swimming.

“Unlike cricket or dance, which are hobbies, being able to swim can save a child from drowning.” Pitt Town Swimming is a small, family-oriented swim school five minutes out of Pitt Town on Cattai Road.

“Swimming lessons are even more important in this area,” Danielle explains, “because so many of the kids from Vermont live on the river. We don’t use flotation, so from the moment a toddler enters the water we’re helping them to float on their own.”

A Swim Australia accredited teacher, Danielle offers swimming lessons for all ages and abilities in her big backyard pool – from Mums and Bubs classes starting at three months old, all the way through to adults. Class sizes are capped at four for school-age students, three for pre-schoolers and just two for toddlers, so each child gets individual attention.

“Having small classes lets me really get to know each child’s ability,” says Danielle. “When they get in the pool it’s straight into action. They progress very quickly and they have fun, because I mix it up every week with different activities and games.”

For larger families, the third child swims for free – or you can even set up family classes or private lessons. Assessments and make-up lessons are also free, and there is a range of payment options.

“It’s a very family-oriented environment. We haven’t got 4,000 kids coming through each week, so the pool is quiet and clean. And parents love being able to sit outside in the fresh air to watch.”

Pitt Town Swimming runs lessons in line with the school term, and also offers four-day intensive holiday programs. To find out more or enrol your child, get in touch with Danielle on 0423 910 586 or at dcoyte@mail.com. You can also check out the website at www.pitttownswimming.com or visit Pitt Town Swimming on Facebook.

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