Approved kindergarten programs develop your child's physical, social, intellectual, language and emotional abilities. Children will have opportunities to learn how to:
- use language to communicate ideas, feelings and needs
- make friends and cooperate with other children
- become more independent and confident in their abilities
- develop self-discipline
- creatively express ideas and feelings through art, dance and dramatic play
- identify, explore and solve problems
- develop reading, writing and numeracy skills.
The routine will most likely include a combination of indoor and outdoor play, group and individual activities, morning and afternoon tea, lunch break and a rest.
Your child will take part in individual and group activities such as block play, painting, games, puzzles, storytelling, dress-ups, dancing and singing.
Children can take part in outdoor physical activities and interact with the natural environment.
Through these experiences your child will build on their knowledge, explore and express new ideas, learn to cooperate with others and make friends.
What is the learning program based on?
All approved kindergarten programs are based on the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline or other Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority accredited learning programs.
The guideline gives teachers advice on how to deliver a kindergarten program that meets national and state quality standards and regulations.
How will I keep up to date on my child's progress?
During the kindergarten year, the teachers may share information with you in many ways about how your child is progressing. They may:
- chat informally with you at drop-off and pick-up times
- have communication books with photos and information about your child's interests
- use photos to show the learning activities in which your child is participating
- invite you to formal discussions about your child during the year.
At the end of the kindergarten year you will get a summary of your child's learning and development progress during the kindergarten year in a transition statement. Transition statements include suggestions that will support each child's continued learning when they start school.
Kindergarten teachers develop the transition statement near the end of the kindy year, and parents, carers and children contribute their thoughts about starting school.
When the transition statement is shared with the child's new school, the valuable information they contain about each child's strengths and interests is helpful for Prep teachers as they prepare to welcome each child and plan for their ongoing learning and development.
Parents and carers can choose to share the transition statement with their child's new school or they can consent to it being passed to the school by the Kindergarten teacher when they sign the transition statement parent/carer consent form.
How can I support learning and development?
Teachers encourage you to have an active role in your child's education, from volunteering on decision-making committees and fundraising to attending information sessions or formal parent meetings.
Ask staff at your service how you can become involved. You can offer your skills and expertise, your time and energy or your interest in your child and what they are learning and experiencing.
You are your child's first teacher. The most important thing you can do for your child is to talk with them. Language and the ability to communicate with others, which may include using sign language and devices to aid speech or writing, is essential for learning.
You are encouraged to read to your child every day, play simple games and explore outdoors, looking at nature and supporting them to talk about what they see.
Everyday experiences around the home are also valuable opportunities for learning. Tasks such as setting the table, helping with the grocery shopping, gardening and tidying up help children with their development.
Your child's brain is developing at a rapid rate, building the foundations for all future learning later in life. You can find out more about how to provide a supportive and caring environment with everyday learning activities at The Early Years Count website.