Transition To School Programs
Older Preschoolers are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime in school. Whilst the our program provides children with essential skills from the day when they first walk through the doors of 'My Kindy', the last year of preschool is used to hone in on these skills. Small-group teaching, independent play in an organised environment and whole-group activities help children to acquire skills to hop, skip, and jump into kindergarten.
The overall aims of our school readiness program are to help and support children to:transition to school program are to help and support children to:
- Develop a high level of self confidence in starting school.
- Have effective social skills to interact with confidence with peers and teachers.
- Be able to ask for help and ask questions whenever necessary.
- Develop self-help skills in dressing, toileting, opening lunch boxes, looking after belongings and so on.
- Listen and follow instructions.
- Handle change in an emotionally secure manner (this includes handling separation anxiety).
- Have good eye-hand coordination skills (handling a scissor, correct pencil grip, using a ruler and so on.)
- Acquire basic understanding in numeracy and literacy concepts. In conjunction with the curriculum areas described in the Preschool Program, during the second half of the year before children commence school we also incorporate the following specific school readiness activities:
- Talking with children about school and encouraging them to ask questions or voice their concerns about school.
- Arranging visits to local schools.
- Inviting kindergarten children to come and talk with our preschoolers about their experience of school.
- Reading stories about starting school.
- Including school props such as uniforms, bags, lunch boxes and chalk boards in dramatic play areas.
- Supporting children to develop their self-help and social skills – looking after the belongings, being able to have the confidence to asking for help when necessary, resolving conflicts with peers, self help skills in dressing, toileting, opening lunch boxes etc.
During this time we work closely with families to ensure there is consistency between home and the centre in preparing children for school. As well as one-on-one discussions with families, we also plan information evenings to discuss school readiness. Kindergarten teachers from local schools are also invited to the information sessions to answer any questions from families.