Pathfinders Aboriginal Transition to School Program (ATTS) is a service to provide Aboriginal children between the ages of 3 and 6 years with access to quality pre-school and school education. Our goal is to make the transition to school as successful as possible for the child and their family.
The role of our ATTS facilitator, Amanda Doye, is to support the child and their family on their educational journey and to ensure that their education experience is a positive one. The facilitator will be available in an ongoing capacity after the child has entered pre-school or school to respond to any concerns or issues.
Our Learning Circle is where our children who are not developmentally ready to attend a formal pre-school setting come together to work on their skills in a fun and safe environment.
Participation in this Learning Circle will occur if other external providers have no vacancies and if you wish for your child to continue to access the Pathfinders ATTS Program until they’re ready for pre-school.
Geographically, we will be covering Inverell, Ashford, Tingha, Armidale, Uralla and Walcha. The Learning Circle will be available for those in the Inverell, Ashford and Tingha areas.
The ATTS program also offers the following:
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