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Preschool Room School Readiness Program

Our program is a document basedon the Early Years Learning Frameworkwhich helps the educators map the journey of the preschool children both wherethey have been and where they are going. It guides the educators, children and families and helps identify goals and opportunities.


At Grandma Rosie's Dapto, the pre-school room offers a variety of experiences which promotes and further develops the children's skills and knowledge toassist them in a smooth transition to school. These experiences are incorporated into the daily routine and play based learning curriculum throughout theday.

As in our philosophy, we believe children learn best in play based situations,where learning is contextualised and personalised to each individual child. We believe that children learnbest in social settings, where they are given the opportunity to investigate their surroundings in a hands-on learning environment.

Whilst all children are invited to participate in this program, educators encouragethe children going to primary school to immerse themselves in this environment. Interactions are warm andpositive and hopefully encourage children to enjoy learning and spontaneously select experiences to enhance overall development. Educators use a variety of strategies toenhance learning and knowledge building in play based sessions. These include intentional teaching;modelling, opening questioning, explaining, exploring and expanding children's interests and planning and assessing experiences based on individual children's interests.

In the preschool room the children are encouraged to take care of their ownbelongings and further develop their independence. Educators work alongside the children asking questions and offering different strategies for the children tohelp solve problems for themselves throughout the day. Examples of these may include using the self-help table, water stations, placing jumpers and hats intheir lockers and conflict resolution.

We promote the children's emotional and social develop by allowing the children to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions within the room as well as participatein a range of different group sizes where we can interact and learn from each other. We also further promote self-regulation, which involves the children further extending their skills and ability to control both their actions and emotions. The children are encouraged to continue learning skills to use and implement when responding to change and sometimes challenging circumstances. This is promoted through emotional regulation (becoming responsible formonitoring, evaluating and modifying their emotional reactions to events that may occur throughout the day), and attention regulation (the ability to stay on task, concentrate and complete experiences from start to finish).

Early Literacy Skills

In the preschool room, Early Literacy skills are promoted throughout the day by immersing the children in a print rich environment, as well as group times. The children engage in a minimum of one group time where a story will be read andquestions asked to promote the children knowledge and understanding that printcarries a message and to discuss the topic/meaning behind the story. By incorporating Literature into the program we are helping to create a love for reading and pre-reading skills, for example turn the page from left to right,using the pictures to help tell the story and that print carriesmeaning/messages. Literacy is also promoted through the use of a variety of books(fiction and non-fiction), felt board stories, puppets and information technology.

The children will have the opportunity to participate in the following experiencesto further and develop Early Literacy Skills.

  • Immersing the children in different forms of literacy by having story books and factual books readily available in book corner.
  •  Signingin during their morning drop off routine
  • Recognising their names at meal times and on their drink bottles and lockers.
  • Group times involving stories (fiction, non-fiction), puppets, felt boards, allowingthe children to construct their own stories.
  •  Developing pre reading skills such as turning the pages of the book; understandingillustrations help us to depict the storyline; letter, symbol and wordrecognition; recall and memory and comprehension skills and many more.
  • Develop their pre writing skills by allowing them to spontaneously engage and explore their own writing capabilities. Children are encouraged to write symbols,letter and pictures to enhance their imagination, creativity, fine motor skills, pencil grip and control.
  • Participating in projects that have multiple steps.
  • Immersing the children in a rich print environment by having number and letter charts on display, signs to stipulate what is in home corner (Hair salon, cafe), menus, magazines, multicultural prints and images in the writing area

Wellness aware

Because young children are forming attitudes and behaviours that will influence themthroughout their lives, it is important to expose them to experiences that foster their ability to make good health decisions, develop a positive self-image, make healthy nutrition choices, and show respect for their bodies.Our preschool teachers provide children with varied opportunities and materials geared towards developing healthy lifelong habits, such as:

  • Identifying nutritious foods and how they help their bodies to grow
  • Taking responsibility for his/her own basic hygiene such as proper hand washing and covering his/her coughs
  • Engage in sun safety activities and apply own sunscreen daily.
  • Engaging in physical activities -hopping, climbing, yoga, soccer.
  • Following procedures for an emergency evacuation.
  • Learning about dental hygiene

Mathematicsand Science

Throughout the day children are exposed to many different learning experiences which promote a sense of curiosity and wonder. Children are encouraged to problemsolve, hypothesis, explore properties, make important discoveries, experiment ,research and investigate to further extend their knowledge, skills andinterests. Through the form of play the children are exposed to and further develop skills in number recognition, counting, one to one correspondence,sorting and categories, shape and colour recognition, and construction. Our preschool teachers create learning experiences that buildmath skills and reasoning so children can solve problems and use mathematics inreal and meaningful ways,

The children will have the opportunity to participate in the following experiencesto further and develop science and mathematics Skills.

  • Numeral Recognition: Counting forwards and backwards through games, songs and rhymes;one to one correspondence; number recognition and representation.
  • Sorting items by size, colour,or shape during clean-up
  • Stringing beads in a pattern
  • Counting out smallgroups of items and matching to a numeral card
  • Playing estimation gamessuch as "Which jar has more pebbles?"
  • Experimenting with measuring cups in the sand or water table
  • Money and currency: incorporating money into home corner.
  • Measurement and Weight through the use of scales, measuring themselves/objects within the environment
  •  Discussing past,present, and future events
  • Problem solving skills (cause and effect, trail and error), investigating techniques,hypothesising and explore their curiosity and interests through experiments
  • Shape and Colour Recognition through creative arts;science experiments
  • Time:concepts of time are reinforced throughout the day and incorporated into the daily routine; timers; clocks and many more.
  • Investigating objects on a light box or light table
  • Predicting daily weather
  • Exploring maps,magazines, and other resources

Diversity,Sustainability and Community

Pre-schoolersare actively developing their sense of self and who they are in the world. Our preschool teachers create respectful and diverse learning environments, helpingchildren understand the world they live. Teachers also present unique experiences for children, enhancing a pre-schoolers sense of responsibility and compassion for people, such as:

  • Sharing cultural and family traditions with the room.
  • Working with peers on community service projects e.g Red nose day.
  • Excursions(local library, discovery centre, local schools)
  • Developing and maintaining gardens
  • Using and exploring recycling materials
  • Caring for the Worm farm
  • Experiencing the comforting words and gestures of teachers and peers
  • Exploring photos of children and adults who are similar or different from them.
  • Playing collaboratively with peers
  • Caring for classroom plants
  • Incursions please refer to yearly calendar

Arts

Artistic exploration encourages important skills such as creative thinking, adaptation,problem-solving, innovation, and follow-through. Art opportunities provide the child with the opportunity to express their feeling sand emotions in a safe way. Artistic exploration provides the child with the opportunity to experience success because art leaves the end open to the creator.

Ourpreschool teachers nurture children's own artistic abilities and help them appreciate art in the broader world by engaging in diverse creative experiences, such as:

  • Working on long-term art projects such as paper-mache sculptures, collaborative art works.
  • Dictating stories to accompany drawings
  • Singing songs and reading books from around the world
  • Making instruments
  • Painting to the beat of music or classical music.
  • Creating dramatic play areas such asa beach, cafe, grocery store, or office
  • Engaging in natural and recycled land art. E.g using leaves, sticks, bottle lids, keys, seeds etc.

Information Technology

The children in the preschool room are using digital technologies to explore a diverse range of concepts and to learn about their immediate and wider community environments. Having iPads and computers in the centre helpto extend the children's learning on current interest topics, room projects andto investigate ideas and represent their thinking. The children in the preschool room learn the elements of the computer, for example howto control the mouse and keys on the keyboard.The children have the opportunity to type their names and create stories on the computer

The centre is committed to helping each child make a smooth transition to kindergarten. We communicate with the child school using the Transition to School Statement and we provide information to the families about information nights and networking sessions at the local schools.

The centre also works collaboratively with other professionals when necessary to ensure a smooth, successful transition.