Inspire, Guide and Encourage
Keiki Early Learning’s Three Plus School Readiness Program is designed specifically for children from approximately 3 to 5 years, and is available to Kindy children in all of our services. We also have a dedicated Three Plus program based at Mindarie Primary School in a purpose built classroom, with a beautiful grassed garden and age-appropriate play equipment.
Providing the Skills to Flourish at School
The Three Plus School Readiness Program is a blend of a traditional school structure and play-based learning and is a great transition to formal schooling, or continuation for children who attend school part-time. We incorporate skills as we learn and play together. We engage with families and the community to help your child grow into independent, creative, problem-solving learners who have the skills needed to excel in the classroom and beyond. With a strong emphasis on education in a secure, loving environment, the program follows the Early Years Learning Framework and focuses on emerging math, language and literacy, art and craft, imaginative/dramatic play, physical play/investigative play. We pride ourselves on providing a nurturing, encouraging and emotionally secure environment in which your child can grow and learn.
Research shows that a high quality Three Plus Kindy or School Readiness Program, such as the one at Keiki Early Learning, is vital to children. We incorporate the Australian-developed PALS Play and Learning to Socialise program which gives them a chance to play with other children, to work in groups, to take turns and to have conversations. All of these experiences prepare them with the social skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
Working in partnership with teachers
The highly experienced and qualified Early Childhood Teacher, together with an experienced and Diploma qualified educator, offers a program that eases the transition from the early years to formal education in school. We work together with teachers at local schools and hold regular excursions to help familiarise children with the school environment.
The School Readiness program gives children an opportunity to manipulate materials and practice different motor skills and language skills. They have fun learning about shapes, colours and numeracy through songs, rhymes, activities and stories. Towards the end of the program, children are provided with a Transition to School Report outlining their learning journey and individual development. Teachers say the children who have attended a high quality early learning environment are more prepared for ‘big’ school, have richer vocabularies, stronger social skills and are adept at working in a group.