Early childhood teachers develop an education program based on their knowledge and understanding of children’s development and learning styles. This program will be adapted through observations of individual children and group interests and abilities as a whole.
Why should I send my child to Kindergarten?
In your child’s first five years they develop and learn much faster than at any other age. It is therefore critical that programs involving young children are of high quality. Kindergarten provides them with an environment in which this development can be encouraged and stimulated. The best outcomes for children are achieved when kindergarten staff work in close partnership with parents.
By the age of six, children’s development in two specific areas: social competence and self esteem/self concept will have an enormous influence on their future.
To enhance children’s ability to succeed to their full potential at school, children need to have developed some social skills by the age of six. These skills include gaining confidence in a variety of situations; ability to communicate with adults and peers; ability to express ideas and concerns; and perseverance and willingness to try things even when unsure about the outcome.
At kindergarten, children will be encouraged to develop confidence, independence, self awareness and a feeling of self worth. They will become more aware of the world around them and have many opportunities to develop warm, caring relationships with other adults, as well as, friendships with other children.
Activities are based on play, and on interacting with the environment, with peers and adults. These are the most important ways in which children learn.
Kindergarten provides a safe and nurturing environment in which children may develop a strong sense of self.
(taken from kpv.org.au)