Little Smarties School Readiness Program

Our School Readiness Program is offered throughout the year to ensure that your child is given the maximum opportunities to learn new skills, as well as refine existing abilities. All of our Preschool 2 children will engage in this comprehensive program in their final year before school.

Our School Readiness Program is aimed at supporting the development of, confidence and independence skills that your child will need prior to starting school, helping to build a solid foundation for later learning .

Our School Readiness Program promotes interests and assists your child in becoming an active learner and provides opportunities for your child to develop to their full potential whilst having fun at the same time. Our educators will also talk with you about your child’s readiness to start school, and provide you with support to help them to develop their school readiness skills at home. We work in partnership with your family and with local schools in our communities to assist you and your child with the transition and orientation process.

Here are some of our aims for your child:

Physical Fun

This area of our program is designed to have your child lead an active and healthy life. With fitness programs such as Shake N Move, yoga & the implementation of Munch N Move. Your child will always be involved in a physical program which also develops their gross motor and movement skills.

At Little Smarties we assist your child in becoming physically aware and healthy learners.

Physical Skills include:

–   Fine motor skills

–   Gross motor skills

–   Self Help skills

–   Healthy eating and nutrition

This links to the EYLF Outcome 3 – Children Have a Strong Sense of Well Being.

  • Children become strong in their social and emotional well being
  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical well being

This also links to the EYLF Outcome 1 – Children have a Strong Sense of Identity

  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency

Literacy Skills:

This area of the program covers all the domains of literacy development. Literacy is all around your child in their day to day life. We harness this and embrace all the forms of literacy and how your child can develop the appropriate skills to become a confident learner.

Literacy skills are an extremely important part of development for your child. We believe that literacy skills include a variety of aspects, not just reading and writing. Our practices mirror those of NSW primary schools. Our writing stations are equipped with a variety of different utensils pencils of different thicknesses, crayons, textas for the children to choose from and this helps strengthen and develop their fine motor skills. Our writing stations are set up to be part of regular play within the preschool 2 room and we encourage the children to work on their skills by using their interests as a guide in printing, identifying and sounding out different letters. We provide resources such as books, poems, puppets, felt board stories, group language sessions and other forms of text to encourage children to explore literacy and language.

Literacy Skills include

  • Using conversations and words to communicate
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Using Digital technologies/IPad

This links to the EYLF Outcome 5 – Children are Confident and Involved Learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Social Emotional Skills:

Is all about your child becoming acquainted with themselves as an individual, learning how to express themselves and share their feelings and emotions. It is important that your child feels welcome and has a strong sense of belonging at our service, to their friends and educators. We implement a strong sustainability program throughout the whole service, It is a way for your child to become in touch with the environment and to explore nature and what it has to offer. We encourage your child to have a positive impact on their environment by making environmentally friendly choices and changes.

Self-awareness is a part of the curriculum that your child will always be involved in. We help to assist your child in becoming independent learner.

Self-Awareness Skills include:

  • Having care, empathy and respec
  • Becoming autonomous and independent
  • Being confident and communicative
  • Understanding oneself and a sense of security

This links to the EYLF Outcome 1 – Children Have a Strong Sense of Identity.

  • Children feel safe, secure and supported.
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities.
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.

Educating Children About Our World:

Understanding the world is an important part of development for your child. We believe that having knowledge of the world and how their actions impact their environment will assist them to be caring and nurturing towards their environment.
We endeavor to create partnerships with the local schools in our community regarding expectations and requirements and share this information with you. Our activities, projects, routines, transitions and interactions are based around best practice in preparing your child for a smooth transition to kindergarten.

Children are encourages to develop respect for and be at ease with the physical, racial, religious and cultural differences. All children are included in a variety of cultural experiences throughout the year including celebrations that celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness and a sense of belonging to every child.

Visits from community helpers, such as police, fire fighters, ambulance officers, dentists and nurses provide children with a broader understanding of these roles within society.

Learning about our world skills include:

  • Having and showing respect for the environment
  • Having respect for diversity
  • Feeling a part of a cultural group and community

This links to the EYLF Outcome 5 – Children are Effective Communicators

  • Children develop a sense of belonging to groups & communities and an understanding of reciprocal rights & responsibilities necessary for active communication
  • Children respond to diversity with respect
  • Children become aware of fairness
  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

This also links to the EYLF Outcome 1 – Children have a Strong Sense of Identity

  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

At Little Smarties each term we will have a different focus that will be achieved by the children in the preschool 2 room throughout the year.

Term 1:

At Little Smarties Term 1, our main focus will be ‘Developing Your Child’s Sense of Identity”

How will we help to build your child’s sense of identity?

  • Parent information night.
  • Name recognition, Name tracing.
  • Identify what they would like to be when they grow up through group conversations.
  • Remember their birthdays, address, phone number, family structure, ability to recognise when they’re hungry through progressive mealtimes.
  • Building your child’s sense of agency by being more independent when it comes to self-help skills such as washing their dishes after meal times, making own beds, clean beds after use, put own shoes on, serve own food & drink.
  • Create individual philosophy.
  • Decision making/making own choices.
  • Growing veggies & herbs.
  • Looking after our worm farm.
  • Being aware of our environment through our sustainable practice. Garden wardens, Power wardens & water wardens.
  • Identify labels & signs in their learning environment.
  • Children to continue to shape their identities & further extend their existing knowledge, skills through interactions with educators, families & peers.

Term 2:

At Little Smarties Term 2, our main focus will be “Developing Social/Emotional Skills”

How will we help develop your child’s social/emotional skills?

  • Turn taking.
  • Small & large social interactions.
  • Ethical value.
  • Respect, giving & sharing.
  • Be involved in our local community through incursions.
  • Through physical activities/games/fine motor skills.
  • Role play activities through dramatic play.
  • Once a week a Primary school teacher will be invited to the service to implement kindergarten activities with the preschoolers.
  • Half yearly reports will be completed at the end of the term
  • Parent teacher interviews.

Term 3:

At Little Smarties Term 3, our main focus will be “Developing Pre Literacy, Numeracy, Math’s & Science Skills”

How will we help achieve your child’s pre literacy & numeracy skills?

  • Visit local library.
  • Phonics.
  • Homework.
  • Music/movement – move to a variety of beats.
  • Number sense & counting.
  • Logic & Classifying/sorting objects attributes (i.e by colour, shape, size, pattern)
  • Science (comparing/fast and slow, loud & soft music, investigate with hot & cold substance, light & heavy materials, compare amounts (i.e more, less and the same.)
  • Art (use thick & thin lines, use big paper & small paper, use thick & thin crayons, paintbrushes, pencils, textas) etc.
  • Maths ( Take objects apart & reassemble)
  • Explore parts of machines, examine parts of plants.
  • Math’s/Time recognition: (i.e growth chart – plants, humans, animals. etc
  • Following a daily schedule based on time.
  • Engage children in rhyming games.

Term 4:

At Little Smarties Term 4, our main focus will be “Applied Literacy & Numeracy & Preparation to Transition into Kindergarten”

How will we help achieve your child’s applied pre literacy & numeracy skills & preparation to transition to kindergarten?

  • Reading/Writing short text
  • Math’s (Know number & count sequence).
  • Write numbers from 1-10.
  • Introduction to addition & subtraction.
  • Math’s (introduction to money in play/dramatic play i.e shops, restaurant & fruit shops)
  • Lunch box (introduce eating lunch from a lunch box)
  • Excursion to our local primary school.
  • Creating own stories & story book with own drawings & literacy.
  • Visit local library