Is your child school ready?
It’s a question pondered by many families.
With school starting ages ranging anywhere from four to upwards of seven, it is a question that shouldn’t be considered lightly.
Age aside, there are a number of key developmental areas and milestones that provide a clear indication of whether your child is ready for school or not.
When deciding, it is important to consider the following:
Language, literacy and numeracy skills
- Can your child understand different letters and sounds?
- Can your child count numbers and identify shapes?
Independence, emotional maturity and social skills
- Can they interact and play with other children?
- Can your child express their feelings and resolve conflict on their own?
- Can your child write, cut and put shoes on by themselves?
- Can your child confidently run, jump or skip?
Routines and behaviours
- Can your child look after their own belongings?
- Does your child have the ability to dress and use the bathroom on their own?
How can we support your child to be BIG school ready?
Our teachers and educators understand the importance of preparing your child for a structured, classroom environment. They also understand that in the early years, children are best engaged through play. At the core of our program is a quality curriculum that provides an engaging framework to ensure your child is given the very best start.
Our approved kindergarten and preschool program aims to develop your child’s physical, social, intellectual, language and emotional abilities and will provide them with opportunities to learn how to:
- Use language to communicate ideas, feelings and need
- Make friends and cooperate with other children
- Become more independent and confident in their abilities
- Develop self-discipline
- Creatively express ideas and feelings through art, dance and dramatic play
- Identify, explore and solve problems
- Develop reading, writing and numeracy skills
We know that choosing the right school readiness program for your child can be an overwhelming task for parents.
Here’s a checklist to help choose the right kindergarten program for your child.
|Is the preschool or kindergarten program government-approved and delivered by qualified early childhood teachers or an educator that is studying towards?|
|Is there time set aside in the program for free play?|
|Are routines and behaviours incorporated into the learning curriculum?|
|Does the program incorporate literacy and numeracy?|
|Is there an opportunity for children to be involved in art, dance and dramatic play?|
|Is the program aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework?|