School readiness is a major milestone for every child and is a measure that demonstrates how prepared a child is to succeed in school. Many parents believe that school readiness is just being able to write their own name or count to ten but it is much more than demonstrated learning. School readiness includes children developing social skills, cognitive skills, and behavioural skills. These skills can look like making friends, listening attentively or making up their own adventures.
There are eight indicators we look at to prepare children for a positive transition into school:
As childcare educators, we believe it is one of our most vital requirements to prepare your child for this next adventure.
Childcare provides the foundations for becoming a lifelong learner. At Child’s Play, this means preparing them for beyond their first day of school. At Child’s Play, our educators work closely with our parents to ensure our children are ready for school.
Our curriculum is designed around two pedagogies that encourage exploration, play, problem solving and independence. As a part of our education, we provide children with new opportunities such as participating in regular excursions and trying a range of foods.
Our educators also work with local schools to organise school visits and orientation days for our children so they can get familiar with the teachers and the environment prior to beginning at school.
To support this transition and help your child there are many things you can do including:
If you are nervous about your child starting school, don’t worry. Every parent is in the same boat so take some time to acknowledge the moment with other parents on the first day.