School readiness programs provide the foundations for your child to flourish and successfully transition into big school. Through meaningful connections and relationships, educators, and families unite to help support and nurture your child, so they are ready to take on new experiences and build up a love of learning.
Some common beliefs are that school readiness programs need to have an emphasis on academic learning to be ready for school, however a holistic development of your child is more critical in supporting their success at big school. For example, for your child to write, he/she needs to have strong fingers and hands (fine motor) to hold a pencil and body strength (gross motor) to support sitting at a table and writing. Too much pressure on your child before they are ready, can affect their confidence and self-esteem.
So, what do children learn at a School Readiness Program?
Routines that are predictable, will support your child’s confidence in knowing what comes next and understanding of time. Example: “It’s lunchtime, I know mummy comes soon”.
Emotional development is important for your child as they start to understand empathy and how others feel. think and act differently to themselves. Your child will be supported to identify, label feelings and strategies to support self-regulation.
Social development will help your child to make friends, by recognising others facial expressions, learning to share and awareness of social norms and rules.
Fine and Gross motor development will help your child develop strength, balance and coordination. Movement through games and music is a fun way for your child to explore other learning avenues such as numeracy, literacy, language, and self-regulation.
Independence skills will develop your child’s confidence, sense of self and a “I can do it” attitude. Independence skills such as toileting, opening lunch boxes (fine motor), looking after possessions, tidying up toys, putting on their shoes and clothes will be beneficial for them moving into big school.
Language – Through fun activities, your child will learn to actively listen, comprehend, and follow directions, verbally communicate needs, and interact with other children to build friendships.
Play is such a major learning vehicle. It allows your child to explore the environment without pressures to perform. It promotes imaginary play, where your child can practise being someone or something else e.g. Mummy or a firefighter, using knowledge and learning from other children, at the same time. Using objects to represent real life objects such as a box representing a house, car or boat, will allow your child to make sense of the world, while developing other skills.
Learn. Play. Grow.
Long Day Care
Get a safe and nurturing environment for your children while you are at work. Long day care is a vital service for working families. At our kindergarten, we have a team of qualified and experienced early childhood educators who provide a range of age-appropriate activities.
Nature & Play
Before and After School Program
School Holiday Care
During the school holidays we provide care for children from 2 to 12 years old. We take children from out of area as well as Manning and St Pius Primary schools.
We have programs for both the younger and older children. We provide activities, incursions, and excursions.
Need childcare that doesn’t fit the standard Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 schedule? No problem! At our kindergarten, flexible sessions are tailored to meet your family’s specific needs, whether that means enrolling for only a few days a week, choosing different start and end times, or combining different types of sessions.
What Parents Think About Us
Parents are always our best critics when it comes to our childcare services. They know what their children need and what kind of care they should receive while they’re away from home. We always appreciate honest feedback from our parents, because it helps us to improve our services and make sure we’re providing the best possible care for their children. Here’s what some of our parents have said about our kindergarten: