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Our School Readiness Program

At Kids Club, our education philosophy identifies our commitment to providing the highest quality learning.

 

School Readiness Preschool Sydney & Canberra

 

Getting ready for school is an important milestone in our little ones’ life and it requires a strong foundation to help children start this amazing journey of learning. School readiness is not all about academics. We recognise that children up to seven years old learn best through play, and that more important than skill development is their development of social and emotional wellbeing, which is needed to be an active and positive learner.

At Kids Club, School Readiness doesn’t just start with the Preschool Room, it starts from the moment the children push the door and learn to say “Good Morning!”, it starts in our Nursery room, continues in the Toddlers Room and flourishes in our Preschool Room. The School Readiness Program is expanded for our preschoolers in their final year before school to ensure that they are given the maximum opportunities to learn new skills, as well as refine existing abilities. All our learning is based on the Early Years Learning Framework, the Australian National Curriculum.

Our holistic School readiness Program aims at supporting the development of confidence and independence skills that your child will need prior to starting school, helping to build a solid foundation for later learning. The School Readiness Program promotes interests and assists your child in becoming an active learner. The program and our extensive educational resources provide opportunities for your child to develop to their full potential whilst having fun at the same time. We focus on independence skills, the social and emotional self (the child must be able to socialise and cooperate with their peers and adults and being able to identify and communicate their feelings), routines (they give children the emotional stability they need and are essential to good behaviour and attention span), teaching respect for themselves and others, and academic skills.

During our Learning and Development Meetings, our educators will discuss with you your child’s readiness to start school, and provide you with support to help them to develop their school readiness skills at home. We work in partnership with your family and with local schools in our communities to assist you and your child with the transition and orientation process.

The following information covers the different elements combined in the School Readiness program.

 

1- Mind & Body

This area of our program is all about your child’s wellness. We want our children to live an active and healthy life and this program not only includes physical literacy but also yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

With tailored fitness programs such as soccer, yoga, dance classes, at Kids club your child will always be involved in a physical program which also develops their gross motor and movement skills.
Physical skills are a part of the curriculum that your child will always be involved in. At Kids Club we assist your child in becoming physically aware and healthy learners.

Physical Skills include:

–  Fine motor skills

–  Gross motor skills

–  Self Help skills

–  Healthy eating and nutrition

This links to the EYLF Outcome 3 – Children Have a Strong Sense of Well Being

  • Children become strong in their social and emotional well being
  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical well being

This also links to the EYLF Outcome 1 – Children have a Strong Sense of Identity

  • Children feel safe, secure and supported
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

 

2- Scholastics

This area of the program covers all the domains of academic skills including literacy, numeracy, language, colour and shape recognition.

Literacy is all around your child in their day to day life. At Kids Club we harness this and embrace all the forms of literacy and how your child can develop the appropriate skills to become a confident literate learner.

Literacy skills are an extremely important part of development for your child. At Kids Club we believe that literacy skills include a variety of aspects, not just reading and writing.

Literacy Skills include:

  • Using conversations and words to communicate
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Using Digital technologies

 

This links to the EYLF Outcome 4 – Children are Confident and Involved Learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

This aspect of our curriculum focuses on your child’s understanding of numbers and becoming numerate. At Kids Club we aim to educate your child and help them understand that maths are an extremely important part of life. We use activities and games to promote your child’s number learning and use interest based projects to facilitate positive mathematical learning.

Numeracy skills are an extremely important part of development for your child. At Kids Club we believe that Numeracy skills include a variety of aspects, not just counting.

Numeracy Skills include:

  • Recognising numbers are used to count
  • Using mathematical language
  • Identifying maths in everyday life

This links to the EYLF Outcome 5 – Children are Effective Communicators

  • Children begin to understand how symbols and patterns systems work
  • Children begin to sort, categorise, order and compare collections and events and attributes of objects and materials, in their social and natural worlds
  • Children develop an understanding that symbols are a powerful means of communication and that ideas, thoughts and concepts can be represented through them

3- Creative

This part of the program is where your child will be encouraged to share and discover their creative talents. Weather that be drawing, dancing, singing or acting. It is an important part of our curriculum as children are learning to express themselves and begin to think on their own.

Creative includes, dancing, acting, singing and visual arts (painting etc.). At Kids Club we believe The Arts gives your child another form of communication and a way for them to express themselves. Studies have shown that many children can grasp numeracy and literacy skills better through the arts. The Arts also offers your child a form of emotional release and is fun. At Kids Club we provide dance programs as well as planned and spontaneous visual arts experiences.

 

Creative Skills include:

  • Exploring expressive, artistic and creative abilities
  • Learning through art, music and movement.

 

This links to the EYLF Outcome 5 – Children are Effective Communicators

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  • Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  • Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking

 

4- Self-Identity

Is all about your child becoming acquainted with themselves as an individual, learning how to express themselves and share their feelings and emotions. It is important that your child feels welcome and has a strong sense of belonging to the centre, to their friend and educators. Having world awareness is an area of our program that ties closely to our Kids Club Goes Green program. It is a way for your child to become in touch with the environment and to explore nature and what it has to offer. We encourage your child to have a positive impact on their environment by making environmentally friendly choices and changes.

Self-awareness is a part of the curriculum that your child will always be involved in. At Kids Club we assist your child in becoming independent and an autonomous learner.

 

Self-Identity Skills include:

  • Having care, empathy and respect
  • Becoming autonomous and independent
  • Being confident and communicative
  • Understanding oneself and a sense of security

 

This links to the EYLF Outcome 1 – Children Have a Strong Sense of Identity.

–           Children feel safe, secure and supported.

–           Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency.

–           Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities.

–           Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.

 

5- Community & Culture

Understanding the word is an important part of development for your child. At Kids Club we believe that having knowledge of the world and how their actions impact their environment will assist them to be caring and nurturing towards their environment and aware of others.

Using external resources like Alpha Tykes we engage your child in language lessons, challenging their cognitive skills. Our event calendar throughout the year celebrates, acknowledges and encourages a range of mixed cultural events.

Community & Culture Skills include:

  • Having and showing respect for the environment
  • Having respect for diversity
  • Feeling a part of a cultural group and community

 

This links to the EYLF Outcome 2 – Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
  • Children respond to diversity with respect
  • Children become aware of fairness
  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

This also links to the EYLF Outcome 1 – Children have a Strong Sense of Identity

  • Children feel safe, secure and supported
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

 

6- Exploration

Your child’s exploration is a powerful source of learning!

We encourage your child to be inquisitive, exploratory of the world around them and use their inherent sense of wonder to make their learning fun, enjoyable and relatable.

We use exploration for your child as an inquiry-based learning and teaching approach.

Studies have shown that children will learn best when they can connect with the learning. If a child shows interest, curiosity, inquisitiveness on a topic they are eager to learn and this provides our educators with a basis for exploratory learning.

 

7- Thinking Skills

The jobs your children will be applying for in 20 years’ time might not exist today.

This makes teaching our children a challenge; however, we can teach and encourage them to be great thinkers and learners, truly giving them the best start to their future.

The thinking skills component for Education for Life offers a structured approach to your child’s cognitive and intellectual development.

We use intentional teaching times to hold meaningful learning experiences, we use purposeful materials such as puzzles, Lego, concentration and memory exercises.

 

Transitioning to ‘Big School’

Going to “Big School” is a milestone for your child and yourself. It is the beginning of their formal education and it is important that your child is aware of the positives of going to “Big School”. Below are some tips that we at Kids Club can offer. However, do not hesitate to call or speak to a team member as we are always willing to assist where we can.

 

Before your child attends primary school:

  • Encourage your child to self-help, dress, clean and feed themselves.
  • Speak with your child about “big school” and how grown up they are.
  • When talking about “big School” speak positively so your child will adapt to your attitude.
  • When driving or walking past the school make it known and exciting that that is where your child will be going soon.
  • Ensure you and your child know which school they will be going to; this helps them settle and become familiar.
  • If possible make friendships with other children of the same age, so your child recognises a familiar face on their first day.

Going to primary school is an exciting time for your child’s life. Together with Kids Club you can make the transition from preschool to “big school” easy and exciting.

For more information speak to the Educational Leaders at our centres.

Some of our educators with young children have sat together to put together some useful tips on the transition into primary school.

 

Lunchbox Ideas

  • Freeze a juice box then put it into the lunchbox, this will keep all the food fresh and cool
  • Label everything of your child’s
  • Pack food your child is used to and enjoys
  • Pack morning tea and lunch separate to avoid confusion
  • Pre-cut fruit and veggies if needed
  • Do not over pack the lunch box, your child might feel pressured into eating all of it
  • Don’t forget to pack a spoon if you put yogurt in.

 

Nutritious Foods to pack

  • Small pieces or cut up fruits rice crackers
  • Sandwiches cut in half
  • Small yogurts
  • Vegetable sticks
  • Cheese sticks
  • Muesli bars
  • Wholemeal muffins
  • Unsalted Popcorn

 

Try to avoid

  • Chips
  • Lollies
  • Chocolate
  • Cake
  • Chocolate biscuit
  • High sugar content foods

 

Also note that you should be aware of the school’s policy on acceptable foods. As many schools are nut free due to allergies and anaphylaxis.

 


 

Preschool School Readiness Program to Help Kids Learn Skills

Here is some more information about transitioning to primary school issued by the NSW Government for Education & Communities. Double Click to open in new tab.

Ready for School Checklist
Getting Ready for School Booklet

A Special Place

This children’s picture book has been published by the NSW Department of Education and Communities for you to read with your child starting primary school.

 

Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

The Department of Education and Communities also provide a parent’s guide to your child’s literacy and numeracy assessment. Double click to open in a new tab

Literacy Assessment in Kindergarten
Numeracy Assessment in Kindergarten

We’ll Help Your Kids Transition to School with Our School Readiness Program

We have also provided some activity worksheets from schoolatoz that you can do with your child at home for more school readiness practice.

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Math

All the above worksheets were sourced from

www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au

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