If your 4 or 5-year-old has been unable to attend preschool over the last couple of months, you may be concerned that they are missing out on developing some of the key skills needed to start school. Starting kindergarten is a new adventure for you and your child. It is important that they are excited and proud to walk through the classroom door, ready to take their place in the ‘big kids’ school.
The Catholic Schools Office of Broken Bay has developed a range of resources featuring some helpful tips to assist you in preparing your child at home for kindergarten. Our Getting Ready booklet outlines a range of learning tools, each supported by an educational video, that will assist in helping to develop the necessary skills in your child to ensure a successful start to their schooling. To see our school readiness video tools please click here.
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“Starting school involves a big change for your child and family. It can be a time of great excitement, but also a time of potential challenge and stress.
Families play an important role in supporting children to manage the transition to primary school. These resources will give you practical ideas and strategies to help your child make a successful start to school.
Thinking about transition to school is the first step to managing this transition smoothly. There are lots of simple things you can do to get your child ready for school. These include understanding their behaviour, as well as helping them develop the coping skills needed to best manage the change that comes with starting school. This can also be a great time to build your child’s problem solving abilities.
Don’t forget that having your child start school is a change for the whole family. As such, and it can often be a good idea to notice your own reaction and needs at this time. It is also important to not hesitate to get help when starting school when needed.”
LEAP at Home Learning Resources & Activities
St. John Fisher Social Story Book “Next Year I will be going to BIG School”
Helping Kids Transition to School with NEW Resources
As children around NSW begin preparing for their transition to school, the NSW Government has developed new resources to support early childhood educators as they guide children in care services through this critical phase of their learning.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the Government is committed to ensuring that all children across the state get the best start they can, especially given this year’s challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic.
A storybook featuring native Australian animal characters, ‘Daisy’s First Day,’ has been developed to help children learn about what they might experience in a typical school day.
To access this resource, please click on the book cover below.