School Readiness

Transition to School – School Readiness Program

The moment your child starts our at our centre, the school readiness programme begins. Our programme covers the key developmental learning areas and provides opportunities for each child to extend on their interests and needs.  Our programme develops opportunities for encouraging the skills needed for starting school. Our experiences include:

  • Name writing.
  • Number and maths games.
  • Story telling including sequencing experiences.
  • Fine motor experiences: scissor skills, threading, manipulating clay and dough, etc.
  • Turn taking and many more.

Below listed are developmental skills that support a child’s school readiness:

  • Follow verbal instructions/directions (1 step or more), and rules.
  • Express/indicate individual needs and wants.
  • Separate from parents at school.
  • Take turns and share with other peers.
  • Play with peers appropriately.
  • Communicate with peers and teachers.
  • Ask and answer simple questions.
  • Listen to instructions.
  • Participate in group activities.
  • Listen to a story.
  • Keep still for a short period of time and listen.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Use the toilet independently.
  • Know to / how to wash hands after toileting.
  • Dress and undress (jumper, hat, paint shirt, socks and shoes without tying laces).
  • Attempt to tie shoelaces.
  • Look after own belongings.
  • Use handkerchief / tissue.
  • Open lunch box and packaging.
  • Eat independently.
  • Put things away after use.
  • Respond to their name.
  • Say their name.
  • Identify and recognise their own name in print.
  • Hold pencil to make marks on paper.
  • Write their name in lower case foundation style letters.
  • Using scissors
  • Know common colours, shapes and numbers (orally and visually).
  • Social skills…just as important.

(Information adapted from Kindergarten teachers in the Campbelltown area, 2010).