Kindy School Readiness Program

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Studio 64 Kindy School Readiness Program

At Studio 64, our entire program is focused on nurturing the whole child and instilling in each child, a lifelong love for learning.

Our School Readiness Program prepares our kindergarten children for formal schooling through an integrated program that aims to help our children develop dispositions for learning – curiosity, confidence, persistence, enthusiasm, creativity, imagination – to ensure a love for knowledge and learning that will hopefully follow them throughout their lives.

Incorporating principles from the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards, our child-directed program takes into account every child’s strengths, interests and needs, and is focused on not just academic capabilities, but seeks to nurture the whole child. At Studio 64, we believe that a child’s social, emotional and physical development are just as, if not more, important to helping children reach their full potential as successful learners and confident and creative individuals. As such, much of our curriculum focuses on helping children develop skills in these developmental domains.

Our School Readiness Program includes some periods of intentional teaching in early literacy, numeracy and science, but most of the day consists of unstructured play, as children learn best when actively engaged in an activity of their choice. A child gains so much from play! Children discover, create, improvise and imagine when they play, developing critical skills in all developmental domains as they engage in imaginative role play scenarios with their friends, or investigate the properties of natural materials in the playground.

Starting school is such an exciting time in every child’s life and our goal at Studio 64 is to prepare and assist each child in their transition to formal schooling in a fun, happy, nurturing and safe environment.

Some key areas of our School Readiness Program include:

Foundational Learning

  • Early Literacy Program:
    Phonological awareness (initial sounds)
    Name recognition (initial phoneme)
  • Early Numeracy Program:
    Rote counting (1-10)
    One-to-one correspondence (1-10)
  • Inquiry-based learning

 

Physical Health and Wellbeing

  • Fine motor skills development:
    Beginning writing / tripod grip
    Drawing/writing activities; Activities involving pincer grip
  • Gross motor skills development:
    Fundamental movement skills
    Fun activity encouraging children to practise an FMS skill; Outside play environment/equipment to encourage gross motor skill development

 

Social-Emotional Development

  • Self identity / Sense of belonging
  • Emotional management
  • Dramatic/Imaginative play: Inviting the imagination in
    Dramatic play corners – Home/kitchen corner, Babies corner, Car/construction corner

 

Self-Help Skills and Independence
Increasing independence in self-help skills (differentiated for each child)

  • Putting bag in cubby and placing drink bottles on trolley
  • Washing hands
  • Packing away plates and bottles
  • Putting on and taking off shoes
  • Putting on sunscreen and hats
  • Packing away toys and resources
  • Toileting

 

Creative and Sensory Play
Ample opportunities for creative expression; provision of art materials and resources for creative and sensory play

  • Integrated art activities (literacy, numeracy)
  • Messy play weekly
  • Unstructured art sessions during free play
  • Art materials and resources: paints, watercolour paints textas, stampers, coloured pencils, chalk, collage materials, beads, playdough and accessories

 

Sustainability
The environment and me
Embedded in program:

  • Recycling:
    Recycling paper, plastics, cardboard in recycling bins
    Using recycled paper and other scrap materials for drawing/art
    Keeping scrap paper and using scrap paper for collage
  • Water is precious, use it wisely:
    Water conservation discussions
    Use only what you need – e.g. switch off taps after use, don’t waste water
    Using leftover water to water the plants