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School Readiness Program

What is School Readiness?

School readiness is of utmost importance at Kids Club Early Learning Centres. We recognise that preparing children to transition to formal schooling in the Early Childhood Education and Care setting sets the stage for their future academic success and overall development. That’s why our comprehensive school readiness program focuses on a holistic view, where we nurture essential cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills in each child.

By providing age-appropriate educational activities, promoting a love for learning, and fostering positive relationships, we ensure that our children enter primary school with confidence, curiosity, and a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Our commitment to school readiness empowers children to thrive in the classroom and beyond, preparing them to become confident, capable, and enthusiastic learners.

Benefits of the Kids Club School Readiness Program

The Kids Club School Readiness Program offered at our Early Learning Centres is designed to provide children with a strong foundation for a lifelong love of learning. This program is suitable for children of various ages prior to starting school, including those in kindergarten and preschool. By fostering child-led learning, the program focuses on the holistic development of children, ensuring they are equipped with essential skills for their future education.

Our learning environments have endless opportunities for children to learn and grow through experiences, interactions and exploration.

Some of the benefits children gain from exposure to our program for preschoolers include:

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Improved Social and Emotional Skills
Kids Club School Readiness Program encourages social skills through active listening of their peers, self-expression, friendship, sharing, cooperation, and accountability, enabling children to engage better with those around them.
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Better Primary School Performance
Kids Club early education builds a foundation for physical, mental, emotional, and social development, reducing the need for special education in primary school and beyond, setting up children for a lifetime of learning.
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Improved Focus and Attention Span
Kids Club programs balance children’s natural curiosity and discovery with the development of vital skills such as listening, participation, direction-following, and independent work, fostering the lifelong skill of concentration.
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Enthusiasm for Lifelong Learning
Kids Club fosters confidence, curiosity, self-regulation, and resilience, leading to better performance in later schooling. Children settle more easily in the school setting and develop a long-term interest in learning.

School Readiness Programs

School Readiness is determined by much more than a child’s chronological age. To make a successful and happy start in school, children need a firm grasp of language, motor coordination, social and emotional skills. We developed our 6 core programs for pre-schoolers to help each child become school ready.
Literacy

In early childhood, literacy is more than reading and writing, it’s a way for children to express themselves verbally and non-verbally. Literacy and numeracy are vital for communication and successful learning. Children communicate with gestures, sounds, and language, and use various tools and media to connect with others and extend their learning.

Physical Development
Physical development in children involves gross motor and fine motor skills that help build muscle strength, body coordination, balance, and hand-eye coordination. It promotes a healthy lifestyle, wellbeing, and resilience, and teaches children about nutrition and personal care. Fundamental movement skills are crucial in play, sports, active learning, and outdoor recreation.
Numeracy
Numeracy development involves children’s understanding of numbers, counting, and recognising numerals. It allows children to learn mathematical concepts such as prediction, estimation, and measurement. Sorting, ordering and classifying also play a vital role in numeracy development, empowering children with deeper understandings of mathematical concepts.
Social Development
Social development is essential for children’s growth and wellbeing as they learn to interact using verbal and non-verbal language. Building positive peer relationships, promoting self-esteem, and developing skills like cooperation, turn-taking, empathy, respect, giving, and negotiating are crucial for children’s development.
STEM
STEM offers hands-on learning experiences for children. It teaches important skills such as problem-solving, persistence, and resilience, which are crucial for children’s development in a modern landscape. STEM helps children learn about the world around them and prepares them for future professional pursuits.
Emotional Development

Emotional development is crucial in a child’s cognitive journey, teaching self-regulation, resilience, conflict resolution, and self-awareness. Nurturing self-identity allows exploration of spiritual and emotional development. Self-awareness encompasses private and public feelings, and understanding how these affect others, promoting social cues. Emotional development is a lifelong skill carried into adulthood.

School Readiness Activities

Parents can assist their children in the lead-up to formal schooling by encouraging their participation in everyday routines. Some school readiness activities you can work on at home include:

✔ Getting Dressed: Teach your child to dress themselves, including putting on and taking off clothes, zipping up jackets, buttoning shirts, putting on shoes and socks and tying shoelaces (once they are ready for this skill).

✔ Hygiene Habits: Help your child develop good hygiene practices, such as washing hands before meals and after using the bathroom, brushing teeth, and taking a bath independently.

✔ Packing Their Bag: Teach your child to pack their school bag with necessary items like books, a jumper, hat, and a water bottle. This prepares them to carry and look after their belongings.

✔ Using the Toilet: Ensure your child is toilet trained and can use the bathroom independently, including flushing, washing hands, and using toilet paper appropriately.

✔ Phone Number and Address: Teach your child their full name, phone number, and home address. This information is vital in case they ever get separated from you.

✔ Safety Rules: Instill safety rules, such as looking both ways before crossing the street, not talking to strangers, and being aware of their surroundings.

✔ Using Money: Introduce the concept of money and how to count and handle coins. Allow them to make simple purchases at the store to practice their money skills.

✔ Following Directions: Practice giving your child simple directions and encourage them to follow through with tasks, which is important in a school setting.

✔ What’s in my lunchbox: Your child will have their favourite foods, but do they know how to open that packet, wrapper or container? Prepack your child’s lunchbox on your next outing and let them practice opening all the items in their lunchbox independently.

Remember to be patient and supportive as your child learns these skills, as mastering them takes time and practice. 

How is Learning Monitored, Assessed and Recorded?

Children’s learning is monitored through large blocks of uninterrupted play, which enhances their development through meaningful interactions with Educators, peers, and the environment. Educators record and evaluate each child’s interests and developmental needs, assisting in future planning. The weekly program is reviewed and implemented, and Educators engage in critical reflection to improve teaching strategies and practices. This is a continuous cycle without expiration and promotes progress. Educators engage with the programming cycle for each child and the class as a whole, ensuring that the program caters to both the child and the group in a cohesive environment.

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Why Choose Kids Club

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With centres across Australia in QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS, there is a Kids Club near you. Start your child’s bright future and lifelong passion for learning with us today!

Frequently Asked Questions 

All children in our preschool rooms embark on a formal school readiness program as part of their preparation for primary school. However, the informal process of school readiness begins the moment a child attends a Kids Club centre, and they start to learn basic life skills – social, physical and cognitive.

All Kids Club centres across Australia offer school readiness as a standard component of our pre-school education. We have centres in QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS, including city CBDs and remote locations.

State governments provide preschool funding throughout NSW, VIC and QLD. Our centres throughout these states are all eligible for funding. To check your eligibility for any funding, we encourage you to speak to your centre Director, who can further advise if fee relief will be passed onto your session fee or gap fee based on the current regulations each state offers.

Preschool and long day care services both offer support in children’s development, preparing them for a transition to formal schooling. One of the main differences lies in shorter hours at preschool, which usually operates during school terms and for limited hours each day.

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