How do I prepare my child for school?

We expose children to a wide variety of experiences and activities which encourage them to make decisions and become independent learners. We expose them to concepts such as big and small, shapes, full and empty etc. as well as numbers. All of this they learn through playing with sand, water, and construction materials, using paint, glue and scissors and with outdoor activities.

We encourage children to read by looking at books, listening and telling stories, identifying words and signs in the environment, discussing pictures and looking and copying patterns. These are just some of the ways we expose children to reading.

By making marks on paper and in sand with paint etc., we encourage participation in experiences that develop the big and small muscles that will help them write. Children have name cards to learn to identify their name and to copy onto their 'work'. The key person's role is to identify their learning and development needs and to plan activities and experiences that will assist them starting school.