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Helping Childcare Workers To Help Your Kids

When it was time for me to return to work after having my oldest child, I was grateful to find an amazing childcare facility for them to go to. However, I quickly learned that childcare is not just about dropping off your kids and picking them up at the end of the day. To make childcare education effective, you need to help those workers teach your kids. So, that's my blog is all about. I want to help parents who are using childcare for the first time to get your kids into a learning frame of mind. From flash cards to building blocks, there is plenty you can do at home to encourage your kid to learn, and that means when they go to the childcare facility each day, the eagerness to learn continues.




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A guide to understanding Kindergarten

by Guy Marshall

Finding a kindergarten for your child in Australia can be a long process. There is high competition for spots and long waitlists and at times a fee to be waitlisted. The main consideration for public kindergartens is whether you are in their school zone. This principle does not apply for private schools, but they are more difficult to secure a spot for. The usual age for starting kindergarten is four years but you may find some institutions that offer spots for three-year-olds.

Kindergarten enrollment requirements

Kindergarten enrollment differs depending on the school. Some accept enrollments any time, and some require your child to be waitlisted. When enrolling your child in a kindergarten for the first time, you are required to provide:

  • Your child's name and address
  • Your child's birth certificate or passport
  • Health and immunisation records
  • Proof of address for schools that consider catchment zones
  • Any special considerations such as allergies or disability

Choosing a kindergarten

There are a few aspects to consider before choosing a kindergarten including:

  • The cost of the program and any additional costs
  • If they cater for special need children
  • Operation hours
  • Pre-schools with available spots

After determining these aspects, the next step is visiting the school to assess the atmosphere and facilities present. Observe whether the atmosphere is fun, challenging and safe. Observe the relationship between the educator and the children to get a sense of how your child will be educated. Kindergartens should give you an information pack that describes the learning structure, pick up and drop off procedures, emergency procedures, all fees you are required to pay and parent participation. The best option is to start early and place your child on a waitlist to increase their chances of getting a spot. You can also look up local service ratings, as many kindergartens have been evaluated against the National Quality Standard.

Benefits of kindergarten

Kindergarten education involves laying a good foundation for your child by teaching them skills that they will use as they grow up. Children are taught social skills including how to interact with other children. They learn how to use language, literacy and numeracy skills. They also learn to develop their emotional skills to help them understand how they feel. Children enrolled in a Kindergarten are more likely to be independent and make a smooth transition to primary school. Kindergartens are also equipped to support special needs children. Kindergartens teach children a play-based curriculum, social skills and physical abilities.