Preschool Program


Here at Li’l Achievers we will endeavour to concur all the School Readiness objectives that are listed below. If your child can achieve most of these outcomes they will already be more than equipped for their transition to school.

AIM: Our aim is to provide children with a head start to be ready for school and academic success. My role as the School Readiness Educator is to ensure that your child learns through play, adventure, investigation, and develops a genuine love for learning.

School Readiness is not just about being able to write their name, knowing basic shapes and colours but also includes self – help skills, attention and concentration, physical skills (for example having the endurance to sit upright for an entire school day), emotional regulation, language skills, play and social skills.

Social skills

  • Be able to positively approach other children and make friends.
  • Participate in play.
  •   Express their needs and wants confidently.
  • Separate from parents and carers.
  • Turn taking and sharing.
  • Understands rules and follows directions.
  • Participates in group activities.
  • Cope with transitions between routines and experiences.
  • Can sit correctly, legs folded in front at mat time.
  • Can sit on a chair at a table to complete tasks.
  • Comply with requests, cease activity when requested.
  • Manage frustration and avoid tantrums.
  • Wait patiently for several minutes for adult attention.
  • Independently begin an activity.
  • Ask for and accept help if necessary.
  • Understands the needs and feelings of others.
  • Able to state their full name, age and working towards their address.
  • Attempts to solve problems independently.
  • Moves about confidently at Preschool.
  • Can line up behind others.
  • Displays spatial awareness and respect for others around them.
  • Understand the need for safety. For example, roads, heights.
  • Can display resilience, confidence, tolerance and “getting along” with others.

Self – help skills and Independence

  • Copes with a small amount of supervision to complete a task.
  • Toilet and dress themselves.
  • Unpack a lunch box, peel fruit and use a drink bottle, use cutlery for self – serving independently.
  • Deal with a structured environment.
  • Balance, run, jump, hop, skip and use equipment such as balls and climbing apparatus.
  • Can look after their belongings.
  • Respects toys, games, equipment and others belongings.
  • Be able to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods.
  • Complete a ten-piece puzzle.
  • Differentiate between groups. For example, fruit, vegetables, meat.
  • Have a basic understanding of time. For example, morning, night, today, yesterday, tomorrow.
  • Blow nose and wipe effectively.
  • Tidy up and pack away items.
  • Uses manners at all times.
  • Can isolate fingers. For example, pointing.
  • To be able to identify an emergency and respond by knowing to seek help or call 000.

Speaking

  • Correct pronunciation.
  • Age-appropriate language skills. For example, receptive and expressive language.
  • Fluent sentences.
  • Able to speak to peers and adults.
  • Maintains eye contact when speaking.
  • Can tell news to the group.
  • Answers inferential questions. For example, Why? What’s next?
  • Interrupts conversations appropriately.

Vocabulary Knowledge

  • Knows everyday words. For example, places, names of peers, Educators and family members.
  • Show curiosity about words and their meanings. For example, hot, cold, dark, pretty, rough, smooth etc.

Phonemic Awareness

  • Repeats rhymes, chants and jingles.
  • Recognises rhyming.
  • Beginning to identify words that start with the initial sound.
  • Letter names and the sounds they make.

Concepts about print

  • Can hold a book correctly, right way up. Turn pages and look at pictures in detail.
  • Understands reading from left to right.
  • Can point to the first word of a sentence.
  • Understands that letters make words and words make a sentence and sentences make a story.
  • Understands that the author writes the story and the illustrator draws the pictures.
  • Respects books and puts them back on the shelf.

Early Literacy

  • Recognises own name.
  • Engages in shared reading of familiar texts.
  • Spends time looking at books and other reading material.
  • Tells a story based on pictures and names the pictures.
  • Attempts to read words in the environment, on signs and billboards etc.

Comprehension

  • Responds to stories read aloud by connecting information and events to their personal life.
  • Retells some events in familiar stories.
  • Can follow one-word instructions.
  • Can perform 3 auditory instructions. For example, “Can you please get your hat, drink bottle and line up at the door”.
  • For example, top, under, over, between, in front, behind, together, apart etc.

 Writing

  • Working towards writing their first and last names.
  • Correct pencil grip.
  • Able to glide hand across the paper.
  • Can use various writing tools. For example, crayons, pencils, textas, chalk etc.
  • Can join dots up.
  • Can change direction with the pencil.
  • Can draw the family unit.
  • Drawings hold shape and form.
  • Basic shape drawing.
  • Attempts to write numbers.

Early Numeracy Skills

  • Rote counts to 10, then progressing to 20.
  • Counts backwards from 10 – 1.
  • Names numbers 1 – 10, extension 1 – 20.
  • Counts beyond 20.
  • Patterning – can copy a pattern and create their own.
  • Sequencing – continues the sequence.
  • Understands concepts such as first, second, middle, last, big, small, heavy, light etc.
  • Measurement – Begins to measure amounts of items and weights.
  • Grouping – Can put items into groups.
  • Name 6 geometric shapes.
  • Name primary and secondary colours.
  • Sort and classify objects. For example, colour, size, function etc.
  • Cut along a 10cm line with scissors and cut simple shapes.
  • Fractions – Can cut items in half.

Message from the Director;

Here at Li’l Achievers, we value you, your family and your child’s transition to school.

We have formulated the School Readiness Program after a lot of research and careful planning and liaising with the Department of Education and Primary School Teachers.

The School Readiness Program we have designed will more than prepare your child for their transition to big school.

Our School Readiness Educator has extensive knowledge and training in areas of early literacy, mathematics, social skills, gross and fine motor development, science and exploration, history and culture and a brief introduction of a second language.

This program goes way beyond what is expected of your child before school. With the specialised care and attention your child will not only shine but will develop a love for learning that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.