By April Cooke and Jacqui Soto
The advent of Preschool signifies an important milestone in any family. Feelings of excitement and nervousness will no doubt come to the fore for both parents and children alike. For many families, this is the first time your child enters the big wide world alone.
But it’s important to remember that your child will not be alone. Preschool is all about forming friendships. There is a strong focus on the social and emotional development of a child, as well as providing a smooth transition to Kindergarten.
So while considering if your child is ready for Preschool, there is really only one thing that parents need to think about: Does your child enjoy participating in fun, interesting and challenging play-based activities?
At Bishop Tyrrell there is no expectation about a child’s academic ability as they enter into this environment for the first time. As parents you should not feel pressured about how to prepare your child for Preschool.
But there are a number of things that parents can do, as they embark on the Preschool journey with their child.
Here’s our top 7 tips that can help your child to get the most out of their Preschool experience:
- Encourage your child to be able to play cooperatively with peers and small groups of children.
- Create scenarios where your child can begin to feel comfortable communicating with peers and adults, outside of your immediate circle.
- Make time to read books to your child every day. Encouraging a love of reading and story-time early in a child’s life will go along way to improving literacy skills down the track.
- Play games with your child that will help them to identify shapes and colours.
- Practice counting to 20 and help your child to be able to recognise the numbers, 1 to 10.
- Play games that will help your child to understand the concepts of less and more; in front and behind; beside, on top and under.
- Help your child to be able to identify their own name by labelling possessions and featuring their name in their bedroom. Once a child’s fine motor skills are developed, children can even start to practice writing their names at home.
Our Preschool program provides opportunities for play-based activities and lessons that focus on the language (including literacy and numeracy), communication, social and emotional development of young children. It is about providing dynamic, complex and holistic learning opportunities at a pivotal time in a child’s development.
Our early learning program lays the foundation to providing a lifelong love of learning. At Bishop Tyrrell, our Preschool educators are fortunate to be able to work closely with Kindergarten teachers to create a smooth transition to formal schooling.
To experience Bishop Tyrrell for yourself, we welcome you at our next Open Day.