Children learn more during their early years than at any other time in their life. We love inspiring young minds, encouraging them to explore the world around them and learn about themselves through interactive play with others. The year before a child starts school is an important time for us to secure the foundations for...
Children learn more during their early years than at any other time in their life. We love inspiring young minds, encouraging them to explore the world around them and learn about themselves through interactive play with others.
The year before a child starts school is an important time for us to secure the foundations for a love of learning. We not only promote ‘school readiness’ in our preschool program, but also ‘life-readiness’. Through predictable routines, familiar resources, research/project based learning and regular group experiences, our children are encouraged to learn and develop important skills such as looking after their peers, keeping safe, responsibility for own belongings, listening and understanding of others, turn taking and empathy.
Throughout the preschool year, we teach the children important school elements such as sitting still/concentration, listening and following instructions as well as to identify and communicate their feelings. Children are encouraged to sign in each day (supporting early literacy) and we introduce a ‘homework program’ to encourage families to get involved in their child’s learning journey.
We reached out to Ashley Perusco, Assistant Principal at Byron Bay Public School to ask what a school expects from both parents and preschool early childhood teachers in getting children ‘school ready’.
“Beginning school when developmentally ready is incredibly important for children. The start of school should be an exciting, successful and engaging experience. This will set them up positively for the rest of their schooling.
If you are considering entering your child into school, think about whether they display the following skills for school readiness. Not all skills needed for school are academic! There are many important independent skills that should also be considered. Some of these skills can be easily taught in the lead up to starting school, whereas others are developmental.
- Can they toilet independently?
- Can they separate from you easily?
- Can they dress themselves, including taking jumpers and shoes on and off throughout the day?
- Do they show interest in learning to read and count?
- Are they able to interact positively with other students or do they need support?
- Are they showing an increasing ability to share with other children?
- Are their verbal language skills developed enough to be able to express their needs and ask for help?
If you are unsure about whether your child is ready for school, you can talk to your preschool educators or call your local primary school to talk to a Kindergarten teacher.”
If you would like to know more about our preschool program here at Kool Beanz Academy please do not hesitate to reach out to the director of your nearest centre.
Casuarina – Lisa Damme – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean Shores – Amanda McLennan – email@example.com
Mullumbimby – Renae White – firstname.lastname@example.org
Byron Bay – Lillian Hansen – email@example.com
At Kool Beanz, we focus on getting your children better prepared for school both socially and emotionally. We inspire their imaginations with innovative, leading-edge, play-based learning programs. Our interactive program is unique to Kool Beanz Academy, giving your child an exciting, rare experience. View our other blog posts or get in touch with us.