Choosing the right kindergarten or preschool for your child is a big decision for parents.
Lately there’s been a lot of focus on ‘school readiness’, and what it takes to get children confident and ready for the challenges of the big step into school. Given that more than one in five Australian children are starting school developmentally vulnerable, this focus is justified.
Among the most common questions parents face when making their choice of kindergarten or preschool are the quality of teaching, whether their child will settle and make friends, and how to juggle drop-off and pick-up with busy work and family schedules.
Kindergartens and preschools within childcare centres offer parents flexibility and convenience of hours, but there’s a common misconception that these learning environments represent a compromise in the quality of the learning children receive.
Making a choice between quality and convenience is an uncomfortable position for parents to be in. But as we’ll explain below, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Quality and convenience are possible
Our kindergartens and preschools provide high quality early education and prepare children for school in a number of ways:
- Learning plans for each child: based on their interests, each child receives an individual learning plan to provide them with the developmental outcomes they need to be ready for school.
- Documentation and communication: we carefully record each child’s progress and communicate regularly with families.
- Links to local schools: we help children get ready for school by creating transition statements for each child that inform school teachers of their interests and skills, as well as working with schools to organise visits and familiarisation.
- A well-rounded curriculum: our curriculum covers language and literacy, mathematics, science and technology, drama, social and emotional development, and family and community.
- Degree-qualified teachers: all of our kindergarten and preschool teachers are degree-qualified or working towards their degree.
- Play-based learning: children learn naturally through play and with the right environment, resources and skilled teachers, play provides a fun and rich learning experience that is perfect for young children.
- Government approved: each kindergarten and preschool program is Government-approved and follows Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework.
- Routines and behaviours: as the year progresses, we start to build in some routines and behaviours children can expect to see in the school environment.
- Extra-curricular activities: our curriculum is rounded-out with excursions and incursions to further stimulate curious young minds.
Kindergartens and preschools in our centres give parents the peace of mind that their child is in a high-quality environment that also offers the flexibility of hours to help with busy family life.