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14 May, 2021

Choosing the right kindy

AS a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s education. There are many things you can do to support a great start to school for your child.

By Peter McCullagh

Childs World students Lucas Dau and Zarleah-Rose Marshall

Approved kindergarten programs can support your child’s learning before school in a play-based environment.

Kindergarten programs are planned to develop a child’s skills, knowledge and understandings which support their continued learning.

Your child can be enrolled in a kindergarten program in the year before they start Prep.

When choosing a Kindergarten, be sure to find one that strives towards providing children, families and the community with an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, nurturing and fun.

While also creating a safe and supportive environment, for children to be themselves, to develop to their full potential and a culture of lifelong learning.

Teachers and educators play a vital role in each child’s education. It is so important for parents to make sure the Kindergarten has bachelor’s degree qualified Kindergarten teachers running and implementing the program.

 The Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines places emphasis on the development of children in five learning

Identity, wellbeing, connectedness, active learning and communicating.

Look for a Kindergarten program that is all about getting children ready for school, so that by the time they hit PREP they are confident and ready to take on the school and education system.

Alison McCallum, Director of Admissions with Childs World Early Learning Centres believes children respond better when they are challenged though a structured play-like environment.

“It’s amazing how much faster a child will learn when they are challenged through an activity they enjoy.

“If they are enjoying the activity, and challenged in performing the task, a child will not realise they are learning and eventually see learning as fun, enjoyable and challenging,” she said.

“We are devoted to providing the foundation knowledge, skills and behaviours that will allow a child to fully participate and succeed in school – we set the stage for future learning.”

Preparing a child to succeed at school does not rest solely with a Kindergarten program. Parents need to be involved and informed and encouraged to spend quality time with their children, building and reinforcing many of the concepts and activities covered during their day.

“We communicate daily with the parents about what steps we need to take to ensure that their child’s transition into school is a comfortable, enjoyable experience and with that parents feel confident about sending their child out into the world.”

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