School Readiness Program
Within our school readiness program, there are specific experiences that the preschoolers can participate in, to assist them in preparing for school. These experiences will enable the children to extend on their current skills and abilities and provide opportunities to learn new developmental skills needed when starting school.The overall aim of our school readiness program is 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 scissors, correct pencil grip, using a ruler and so on.)
- Acquire basic understanding in numeracy and literacy concepts.
For a child to function productively and learn constructively and happily at school, they need to be able to initiate, problem solve, communicate effectively, deal with conflict, form friendships, relate easily with teachers, adapt to different classrooms and teaching styles, take some responsibility for their own belongings, actions and behaviours.
We want every child to have this opportunity, to thrive, to enjoy, developing a sense of community, belonging and success. Sending a child to school before they possess the maturity at the emotional and social level often leads children to struggle and may find their first few years of school an unhappy experience.
Although our daily program itself provides opportunities for encouraging the skills needed for starting school we will be running a school readiness program to hone in on these key learning areas.
Our 20 week school readiness program will focus on the following topics;
- Literacy (letter recognition, formation and sound)
- Fine motor skills (including scissor skills)
- Cognitive skills (sequencing, patterns, matching, opposites, colours, shapes)
- Self-help skills
- Social and emotional development
These topic areas will be delivered in a number of ways including large and small group experiences, table activities, outdoor play sessions and daily routine tasks. Each child will have their own school readiness profile where we will collect work samples and photographs to map their progress.
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