School readiness

Here at Salem, we value feedback from our families, and encourage all of our families to have a strong influence on our curriculum. Recently, we had some feedback regarding our oldest Preschool children – those who are going to big school next year – and the expectations of children as they enter Kindergarten.

n our Preschool room, we have differing groups for our educational ‘group times’, with longer and more involved sessions for our older children, and to follow up on this, we will be building upon our existing curriculum by adding some brief, more ‘formal’ lessons with the children, using three amazing programs: Jolly Phonics, which introduces letter sounds and shapes at the beginner level, Music Magic, which promotes musical concepts (as well as the numeracy and literacy concepts which come with music), and the PALS social skills program. These are NOT new, untested programs: they have been around for a long time, and some of our parents may have experienced these in their own earliest years of schooling, enjoying the proven educational benefits.

At Salem, as with other UnitingCare Children’s Services education and care settings, our goal is to nurture confident and creative learners every day, and our school readiness program plays a big part in this for our oldest children, while ensuring they still enjoy the benefits of the Early Years Learning Framework, our national curriculum for children aged 0-5.