We have had a few parent questions lately about what happens in our Preschool room, and how it prepares each individual child for their first year at Primary School.
First of all, your child must be four years old by July 31 to participate in the Kindy program. See table below for specifics on upcoming years:
|1 July 2010 to 31 July 2011||2015|
|1 July 2011 to 31 July 2012||2016|
|1 July 2012 to 31 July 2013||2017|
|1 July 2013 to 31 July 2014||2018|
So, when can you start getting organised and enrol your child in the Kindy program at Coomera Clubhouse?
Here at the Clubhouse, we accept enrolments all year long. When available and if your child is at the correct age, we can enrol and confirm enrolment, and your child can commence with us within two weeks. If we do not have a suitable or current vacancy for your child, we place your child on our waiting list and you are contacted when we have a spot come up. There is no obligation to go on our wait list, and no cost, the place is simply offered to you and if you require it, the booking can be secured with a $50 enrolment fee.
You can also decide to place your child on our list for the following year- so that your name is high on our wait list. For example, if you wish your child to commence the Kindy Program in January of 2016 (which means they start Prep in 2017), you can place them on the wait list now and you will be contacted in December to confirm enrolment for the following year. That way you are organised and your child gets to experience a full year of Preschool, which we believe is the best preparation for them. Of course, priority is given to our existing enrolments who are moving up from Senior Kindy, but we can usually offer places to new families.
Over the years since we first opened Centre 1 in 2011, we have had an overwhelmingly positive response, not only from our parents, but from the children’s teachers once they start prep at Primary school. They have been thrilled at their early numeral and language skills, as well as their fine motor skills, which comes from regular practice holding pencils and cutting with scissors- writing their own names and learning the alphabet etc. These simple skills are fun for the children to learn, and can build great confidence when it comes to those early days in the school classroom.
What are some of the proven benefits of attendance at our QLD Kindergarten Program at Coomera Clubhouse?
Along with Coomera Clubhouse’s state of the art facilities, delicious and nutritious foods and professional staff, we believe we offer a fantastic Kindergarten program, which really focuses on each individual child and positive learning outcomes. We have two rooms to offer- one at Centre 1, and the other at Centre 2. Both have fully qualified Bachelor Degree Registered Teachers, who are passionate about early learning, and love working with children, which we believe is most important, that they come to work each day and love their job.
To give you an idea of some of the activities that the children get up to, one of our Preschool teachers Miss Lindsay asked her children what their favourite thing to do at kindy is and this is what the children of The Wombats said:
· Art and craft
· Playing with the trucks
· Baby role play area
· Puzzles and games
· Train tracks
· Fairy small world table
· Drawing/creative table
· Computers – letterland
· Mobile – making models
· Playdough table
· Bringing in stories to read
· Singing songs
· Threading the wooden fruit
· Shape blocks – outside blocks
· Making food in the sandpit
· Riding the yellow bikes
· Looking for bugs with a magnifying glass
· Playing soccer
· Playing tennis with Miss Cathy
· Japanese classes – paid parent activity
· Making a farm
· Using the tyres to make pirate ships.
Over in Centre 2, Miss Kelly from The Galahs has said:
“We have implemented show and share books here that are really popular the children take their book home every week to add photos and stories from their home life and then bring them back to share the stories with their friends and educators.
The children are also really interested in gardening at the moment, they have built a pallet garden that the Kindergarten class have fully taken ownership of, ‘protecting it’ from younger children and teaching them how to care for it.”
A day in the life of a Wombat: (Preschool Room, Centre 1).
As always, please feel welcome to approach Kylie, Bec or Bridie, as well as our Preschool teachers regarding any questions you might have. Our team are here to help and are available for you anytime. Alternatively, feel free to contact us via email, or give us a call- (07) 5665 6111.
For further information on the QLD Kindergarten Program click here.