Deciding on the right kinder for your child is an important decision. This is your child’s first experience in formal education and it’s imperative they, and you, have a great experience that sets them up for the school years ahead.
A child’s educational journey often begins in the kindergarten years, and these are amongst the most important in a child’s life. “During the period from birth to eight years, children experience more rapid brain development and acquire more skills and knowledge than in any other period in their lives” (Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, 2009). Therefore it is important to choose a high-quality kindergarten program that reflects the values of your family, and supports your child to achieve their full potential and develop a life long love of learning.
WHY IS CHOOSING THE RIGHT KINDERGARTEN IMPORTANT?
WHY IS PLAY BASED LEARNING IMPORTANT?
“Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. When children play with other children, they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings. Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn.” (Belonging, Being, Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, 2009).
At Little St. Margaret’s we value the importance of play in children’s learning and our curriculum reflects this through our play-based approach.
Small class sizes provide the benefits of a secure, intimate, nurturing and stimulating environment. Class sizes at Little St. Margaret’s are significantly lower than comparable services, therefore educators are better able to support each individual child to develop emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially. As a result of the higher than average educator to child ratios at Little St. Margaret’s, each child has the ability to choose their own learning path to achieve their educational goals.
WHY ARE CLASS SIZES IMPORTANT?
Educators at Little St. Margaret’s work closely with families throughout their kindergarten years, discussing school readiness and how to best support and prepare children for the formal years of schooling. Our 4 year old kindergarten curriculums have specifically designed transition-to-school programs which ensure the smooth and successful move from the kindergarten to school environment. Aspects of these include: school orientation visits, Prep teachers visiting kindergarten, parent/teacher interviews, written Transition Learning and Development Statements, “School Fun Day” at kindergarten where children wear their school uniforms etc.
HOW DOES LITTLE ST MARGARETS PREPARE MY CHILD FOR SCHOOL?
Little St. Margaret’s strongly values connections with the wider community and believe that real life experiences which allow children to engage first hand with the world around them are critical to their learning. Therefore a variety of incursions and excursions are planned throughout the year. Depending on the particular interests and needs of the children some of these may include:
Incursion (all children): Puppet shows, Wildlife visits, Drama workshops, Music & Movement experiences, Health & Nutrition/Dental visits, Librarian story-times, Indigenous and Multicultural presenters, sustainability and environmental topics.
Excursions (4yr old only): Melbourne Museum, Farm, Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Traffic School, Woodwork, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Scienceworks and a Weekly Park Program.
DOES LITTLE ST. MARGARET’S OFFER INCURSIONS AND/OR EXCURSIONS?
WHAT SPECIALIST PROGRAMS DOES LITTLE ST. MARGARET’S OFFER?
Little St. Margaret’s offers a range of specialist programs within the kindergarten curriculum.
• Weekly session with a Specialist Music Teacher
• Weekly excursion to the local Park
• Library / Literacy
• Show n tell
• Nutrition and cooking experiences
This is not true. All 3 year olds are guaranteed a place in 4 year old the following year.
I’VE HEARD A 4 YEAR OLD PLACE ISN’T GUARANTEED FOLLOWING 3 YEAR OLD KINDER, IS THIS TRUE?
As per Little St. Margaret’s enrolment policy, children can commence in 3yr old kindergarten on the provision that they have turned 3yrs of age by the 31st January in the year they attend. Children can commence in 4yr old kindergarten on the provision that they have turned 4yrs of age by the 30th April in the year they attend. Parents are advised to consider and discuss with the educators which year they intend for their child to commence school. This will assist parents in making the decision of when to start kindergarten.