Welcome to our Pre-School:
We would like to welcome you and your child to Pre-school & Early Years Foundation Stage. We, as teachers, are delighted to work towards making your child’s school experience a positive one.
The information and helpful hints are designed to assist you and your children during the first few months of Foundation Stage.
Preparing your child for Pre-School:
Every child is different and each child will react to this new environment in their own individual way. There are many ways to reduce fears and anxieties and prepare for the first days of school. Since it is highly important that children come to school feeling secure and confident; the following is a compilation of advice, tips and ideas on making school a positive experience for children.
The child should be given opportunities to:
- Handle personal needs, such as going to the bathroom independently.
- Take off or put on clothing.
- Handle zippers and buttons.
- Handle own school bag (practice working with zippers, strings and buckles).
- Wipe own nose.
- Play harmoniously with other children, share toys, and respect others property and belongings.
- Express own needs.
- Follow routines and understand the need for them.
- Develop beneficial eating and sleep habits.
As a parent, what you should do to introduce the idea of your child going to school:
- Talk about school and learning with enthusiasm and excitement.
- Let your child know that it is natural to have mixed feelings about school.
- Read to your child daily.
- Let your child learn and grow at his/her own pace (NEVER compare your child to the other children in class).
- Support the school in the implementation of rules and policy.
- Encourage your child to maintain the highest standards of behaviour possible both in and out of school.
- Encourage your child to learn to make independent choices and not blame others, and learn from own mistakes.
- Ensure your child is exposed to a lot of physical activities both indoors and outdoors.
- Contact your child’s teacher if there is something you would like to discuss
about your child.(through school Admin. or our Community System)
What do children learn in Pre-School?
Our approach in Pre-school is called ‘LEARNING THROUGH PLAY’, where children are allowed to achieve their learning objectives through an active, and child centered environment. At this age, play is a child’s work; therefore, do not expect your child to be bringing home worksheets as homework.
Pre-School children learn and develop in 7 areas:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Knowledge and Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In Pre-school, we expect a high standard of behaviour from our children. This means that children are going to behave well and learn how to:
- Share toys and games with others
- Take turns
- Work and play in group and on their own
- Accept responsibility
- Care about others
- Feel good about that they can do (accomplishments)
- Feel comfortable trying new things
- Respect others
- Be kind and not hurt others
- Apologize and say ‘sorry’ if they did something wrong or hurt somebody
Appropriate behaviour rewards are acknowledged with:
- Stickers and stampers
- Star of the week certificate
- Class treats (gifts, cookies, cupcakes)
- Notes to parents
- Managing Director’s rewards