Children need to be able to cope with the every day demands of school; being able to listen and follow through on instructions, work as part of a small or large group, develop appropriate negotiation and conflict resolution skills and finally to be responsible for their own belongings and to encourage a love of learning.
TG's Child Care supports the national Early Years Learning Framework - Belonging, Being and Becoming - which describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. What's that mean in practice?
“You belong in your house with your family” – Dong
Children belong first to their family, cultural group, neighbourhood and wider
community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others is the basis of building relationships and defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.
“If you want to be a mermaid you can imagine” – Jazmine
Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.
“When you keep planting plants you become a gardener” – Olivia
Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.
The Framework is designed to inspire conversations, improve communication and provide a common language about young children’s learning among children themselves, their families, TG's early childhood educators and other professionals.
The most important part about pre-schooling or "school readiness", is the social and emotional maturity of the children.
The TG's school readiness program begins as soon as your child commences at our centre. The children learn how to separate from their parents/caregivers and begin to develop responsibility for their own belongings. By interacting with educators and children in a variety of activities the children make choices about which activities they would like to participate in and this way direct their own learning. We encourage children to be curious about the world around them.
The group times are focussed on development of skills and education and the interests of the children, encouraging them to concentrate for longer periods, to follow instructions and be involved in discussions and participate in group time experiences.
Literacy and numeracy activities are part of the everyday routine, and involve the children recognising their own names, writing their names on their art work, listening to stories, counting the number of children present for the day, playing number games and playing music and singing songs that involve participants. (eg ten in the bed, five cheeky monkeys, etc).
Contact us today to register your child at one of our TG's Child Care Centres and help them get ready for school.
We still have vacancies for 2019 at 2 of our Wauchope centres, Hastings and Riverbreeze locations.