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  • School Readiness

    15 February at 13:56 from atlas

    School Readiness

    Commencing 'big school' is a major event for a child and their family. The area of school readiness looks at all of the factors that are most important in preparing each child for a successful and productive time at school. Readiness is often incorrectly perceived to be based upon whether a child can count to 10 or 20 or write their name. However the most important factors associated with a successful start and continued learning in school relate to a child's social and emotional maturity. At Bangalow Preschool, developing those important social and emotional life skills doesn't just start in preschool - it starts from their first day with us. Every child's program is designed to allow our teachers to guide and lead our children through to the next step or stage in their individual learning and development. By providing numerous opportunities to learn, through varied experiences and activities, children are equipping themselves with those essential skills preparing them for the transition to school. The following outlines the goals of our school readiness program to ensure a child is adequately prepared for the transition to school:


    feelings are important and they need to have reasonable control over their behaviour and emotions

    interact positively with children and adults through play and conversations

    share and take turns with equipment and during games

    work co-operatively with a small group of children

    solve conflicts with minimal adult assistance

    listen to others

    follow routines

    seek help when it is needed

    develop friendships

    listen and sit without being distracted.


    identify their own belongings

    look after their own possessions

    open a lunchbox

    open food packages

    toilet unassisted

    blow their own nose

    pack away after activities

    dress themselves

    ask for help

    turn a tap on and off, unscrew a bottle, open their yoghurt

    to dress and undress

    to walk up and down stairs using alternate feet, to walk, run, jump and climb with confidence.

    Language and Literacy skills

    use language to communicate needs

    ask questions and listen to the answers

    converse with peers and adults

    process simple directions

    compare items using descriptive words

    talk about why things are the same or different

    talk about upcoming events and retell past events

    respond to simple questions about a story

    give simple descriptions of their play.

    Pre Academic Skills

    interest in books

    problem solving

    demonstrate curiosity about their world

    complete simple puzzles and match objects

    visual discrimination,

    the ability to draw a person and name some body parts

    draw a picture of themselves

    hold a pencil

    cut out a simple shape with scissors

    recognise primary colours,

    number concepts such as more/less, empty/full, large/small, ordering numbers,

    familiarity with the alphabet and introduction to phonics

    recognise their name

    have an awareness of words/signs in their environment

    show an interest in learning to read and write