The first five years of your child’s life are so important; they are the foundation for learning, health and well being.
Starting primary school is a huge milestone for children and parents and can be especially overwhelming if children are not school ready. When children are not school ready, it can impact their ability to understand literacy and numeracy concepts expected when they begin kindergarten as well as the behavioural and social demands of the classroom and playground.
Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services Early Childhood team will be running an 8-week program aimed at getting Aboriginal children School ready beginning in May 2019. NCNS Early Childhood Workers aim to prepare children for a smooth transition to school using tools and educational experiences designed to help them flourish in a school environment and continue throughout their school years. This program is an important step to develop holistic skills prior to starting school.
We focus on language and numeracy development and social emotional skills. During the 2 hours each week children will engage in routines in structured environments such as art and craft, mathematical games and gross motor development, encourage self-help skills, for example, children opening their own packaging during morning tea as well as the social aspects of engaging with others.
Parents are a child’s first teacher and we believe engaging families during the program is an important step so that children can learn reciprocal and respectful relationships with an educator.
Building Strong Foundation Blue Book developmental checks and NCNS Early Childhood workers can help to assess any learning developmental needs and provide families with referrals if required.
Children equipped with social and developmental skills find it easier to make friends, listen to the teacher and adapt to the new routine of going to primary school.
We would love to help your child get the best start so they can succeed at school.
This 8-week program is for Aboriginal Children going to School in 2020 who are not accessing any early childhood services.
For more information about this program or to enrol your child, please contact our Early Childhood Team on 02 4729 0442.
Download the Aboriginal School Readiness Program flyer