Preschools - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

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Preschools

We offer a supportive environment for children with hearing loss, designed to foster language, emotional and social development and enhance your child’s self-esteem and independence.

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Our preschool program

RIDBC operates specialist preschools for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, which operate on a reverse-integration model. They attend alongside children from the local community, who are excellent language and learning models for their peers. All children receive specialist education from our expert teaching staff.

Our preschools focus on language, literacy, numeracy and social skills.

Our preschools recognise the importance of the family in early learning and are designed to engage parents and caregivers in the program.

Our preschools

RIDBC has three specialist preschools that enrol children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

North Rocks, NSW

RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool for children aged 3-5 years learning to listen and talk.

RIDBC Roberta Reid 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.

Blackburn, VIC

RIDBC Taralye Kindergarten, an inclusive early learning program for children aged 3-5 years who are deaf or hard of hearing and their hearing peers.

For more information visit the Taralye kindergarten page.

Preschool support services

We offer specialist hearing loss support for your child in a mainstream preschool program. Services are available at independent local preschools across Australia to help your child integrate and access learning opportunities.

Who is this service for?

RIDBC preschools and preschool support services are available to any child in Australia who:

• Is between the ages of 3-6

• Has not yet enrolled in formal schooling

• Accesses RIDBC early intervention services