Getting Ready for Kindegarten
Many parents want their children to be ready for Kindegarten - they want their child to be confident, intelligent, and ready to listen and focus in a classroom setting.
Our specialised School Readiness program runs five days a week, and is integrated into our daily program so that children don't feel like they are missing out on play time!
It is important for parents, families, and teachers to remember that starting Kindergarten is not just about a child's age or ability to write the alphabet. Starting Kindergarten is a very emotional and stressful process for young children - just like starting a new job, or moving to a new country for adults. Children need to be prepared for all of the different demands that they will be faced with when they begin Kindergarten.
Starting Kingergarten - Age and Facts
By law, all children in NSW must be enrolled in school by the time they turn 6.
If your child turns 5 on or before July 31 in that year, they may start school at the beginning of that school year (typically this is in late January and yes, this does mean that your child will not yet have turned 5)
If your child turns 5 after July 31, they will need to wait until the following year before they can start Kindergarten. (this means that your child might be 5, 5 ½ or 6, depending on when their birthday falls).
Some questions to consider when deciding if your child is ready for Kindegarten:
Can they make their own decision and follow it?
Do they have their own ideas, without you asking them?
Can they follow two or three instructions at the same time?
Can they move on to new activities easily?
Do they separate well from their parents and family, or do they become very upset for a long time?
Do they show interest in other children?
Do they play and socialise with other children?
Can they recognise and express their feelings and needs?
Can they concentrate on a task?
Do you they talk properly and take time out when they are angry?
Can they open their lunch box and packaged food by themself?
Are they fully toilet trained?