The transition from Early Learning years is a big step as you help your little one transition from kinder to become an enthusiastic primary learner. As a parent, making the best choice for your child’s education can be influenced by friendship groups, the location of the school or the size of enrolments. However, once you’re settled on your choice of school, it’s now time to decide when your child is ready to take the next step into Prep Year from Kindergarten.
How do I know if my child is ready to go to Prep next year?
Nerves are commonplace prior to commencing on any new journey or event. As a parent, you have the advantage of the most insight and understanding of your child’s abilities and capacity. Good indicators for readiness for the Prep year include displaying:
- An awareness socially of others
- Confidence to attempt new things
- Eagerness to learn
- Natural curiosity and participates in investigative play.
Your kindergarten teacher will also be a great guide; they have helped many a kindergarten pupil into their first year of school. One of the best ways to alleviate any first-day Prep jitters is to be part of an Early Learning Centre that supports a strong transition program into Prep.
Edinburgh College Transition Program
At Edinburgh College, we help four year old kinder pupils transition into the Prep program seamlessly. Starting Term 3, we offer sessions to transition with confidence from our ELC program (and off-campus kinder pupils) to the Prep Classroom. The students are accompanied to the Prep Classroom by parents or ELC leaders where they meet their new teacher, become accustomed to their new learning environment and choose from a number of tables and interest areas to enjoy play-based learning.
During each session, new Prep parents will have the opportunity to stay and connect with the four year old kinder parents over a tea or coffee or have any queries answered by friendly support staff.
We understand that leaving the kinder years behind is a big step. By facilitating a positive transition to the classroom space and introducing teaching staff at small intervals across Terms 3 and 4 enables each child to feel secure, supported and nurtured. And when First Day of Prep comes, they are ready to take their next steps into their Edinburgh College journey.
Places for Prep 2020 are filling quickly. Applications and the process for enrolment are available below: