Preschool: School Readiness Program
Ready, steady, school!
To ensure a smooth transition from Wee Wonders to school we incorporate a range of methods into the preschool program that include:
- Talk to the children about school and encourage them to ask questions or voice their concerns.
- Arrange a visit to the local school.
- Invite local school teachers to come talk to the children.
- Invite school students to visit Wee Wonders to talk about school life.
- Read stories about school.
- Watch DVDs about school.
- Include school props such as uniforms, bags, lunch boxes and chalk boards in the dramatic play areas.
- Participate in local school activities such as fetes, open days, end of year concerts or special events.
- Provide lots of reading and writing materials as part of the daily play-based program.
- Support children to develop their self-help skills.
- Incorporate school-based activities as part of the early childhood program. For example: practice using lunch boxes and drink bottle.
Not all children are ready to begin school at the age of five. Some children benefit greatly from the extra year of maturity before they start school and it can help them if they start a bit later. Families will be encouraged to talk to their child’s primary carer in relation to whether their child is ready for the transition to school.
Children who turn five on or before 31st July next year are eligible to start school. By law all children must be in School the year they turn six.