Ladybugs

This is a big two years for your child. They are now the older children at Kenthurst Early Education Centre. We suggest your child comes to the Preschool a minimum of 3-4  days to allow them to learn all they need to make the transition to Primary School a simple and successful process. 

Moving up from the Bumblebee's room will equip children with a strong foundation to continue their educational journey through the KEEC reading and numeracy program, which promotes these skills before the child leaves us for Kindergarten. For children who have been with us for the full KEEC Program, since the age of 2 years, our aim is that your child will have developed their reading, writing and numeracy skills before commencing Kindergarten. This allows children time to become comfortable with the larger school environment, as well as attending school five days each week.

We commence our teaching of French with the ELLA Program which is initiated by NSW Education. The children continue to follow the NSW Health Munch and Move Program, which teaches your child the foundation of healthy eating and exercise. They develop a strong awareness of the effects of the sun through the Sun-Smart Program.

In the final year of school your child will develop:

  • The ability to sit for extended periods during the class time
  • Advanced concentration skills
  • Ability to write without the need for tracing
  • Draw freehand
  • Add features to faces and bodies in more detail
  • Read simple words
  • Write simple words from memory
  • Begin to read books on their own
  • Understand and speak simple French
  • Understand and use more complex words in English
  • Independently take care of their personal hygiene
  • Understand how to look after their bodies and the importance of this
  • Be independent in their day to day routines
  • Engage fully with their friends
  • Relate stories and use their imagination to create their own stories
  • Through role-play and drama learn to express their ideas and feelings
  • Show empathy
  • Console another child where appropriate
  • Play robustly
  • Challenge themselves physically and mentally
  • Remember words to songs and dances

Your child is developing into a very independent person, socially, emotionally and psychologically. Their cognitive skills are rapidly developing as they engage fully with their education.

Most of our 4-5 year-old children will be ready to attend Kindergarten the following year. However, there are many children who will require another year in order to mature and be fully ready for school. Through our assessment program that is done on every child at the Preschool in February, July and November each year, our educators are able to advise you throughout the year of your child’s progress.

We have had a lot of success, sending children to Kindergarten who are extremely well prepared for the education that is ahead of them. “ A well-prepared child is a confident child, a confident child is a child who excels in the school environment!”.