Early Learning Centre - Pre-school Program
At St Anthony’s Early Learning Centre, we recognise the importance of adequately preparing children to transition to school. Although, the programs we provide to all our children are based on children development research and appropriate curriculum, we have responded to our parents and carers who have indicated that they would like a more structured approach.
Many families still prefer the option of a Pre-school to a long day care centre for their children in the years prior to commencing school. However, as pre-schools do not offer extended hours, this is not an option for all families.
St Anthony’s Early Learning Centre has introduced a program that is able to offer families the benefits of both types of programs. The Preparation for School program is offered to all children in their final year before commencing Kindergarten. The children break away from the rest of the group and move to a room set up as a small classroom for activities that introduce them to new activities and reinforce existing skills. The program provides opportunities for:
- Social and emotional development to prepare children for school life
- Building children’s early literacy and numeracy skills
- Becoming familiar with school routines and developing self help skills
Children participate in the program on a daily basis with each session lasting 45mins to 1 hour.
The program operates during school terms and the number of sessions provided daily increases towards the latter part of the year as the transition to school draws closer.