Approved kindergarten programs develop your child's physical, social, intellectual, language and emotional abilities. They will have opportunities to learn how to:
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.
The guideline gives teachers advice on how to deliver a kindergarten program that meets national and state quality standards and regulations .
At the end of the kindergarten year you will get a summary of your child's learning and development. You can use this as a discussion starter when you meet your child's Prep teacher or school administrator.
During the kindergarten year, the teachers may share information in many ways about how your child is progressing. They may:
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 special 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.
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This page was last reviewed on 16 Nov 2015