Category: Programs

QLD Kindergarten Program

We had many happy families today as their older children returned to school. It was also very exciting for last years Kindergarten children to commence Prep. All looked very neat and tidy in their uniforms and the families reported that most set off with a flying start.

Qld Kindergarten Program
Our Government Approved Kindergarten Program plays an important role in preparing the children for Prep. They learn many skills and concepts during the year and some are listed below:
-They learn the social skills necessary for them to interact appropriately in a playground with many unfamiliar faces.
-They learn how to listen and follow directions.
-They learn how to co-ordinate and control their body so they can sit for periods of time and participate with strength in physical activities.
-They learn basic concepts which are the foundation for reading, writing and numeracy.
-They learn how to master their fine motor skills so they can write and cut with scissors.
-They learn how to express their ideas and feelings in an appropriate manner.
-They learn resilience.

The Government wants every child who is aged between 3 ½ and 4 ½ to attend the Kindergarten Program for at least 2 days a week in preparation for Prep. Children of non-working families are also eligible for at least 36 hours of child care per fortnight so that they can participate in the program. The Government gives an additional subsidy towards the fees for families who have a health care or pension concession card making the cost more affordable. Children of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander heritage are also entitled to this extra subsidy.

If you would like further information please feel free to call us at Little Explorers on 55 749 744 so that we can take you on a tour of our centre and explain the program.

PMP – Perceptual Motor Program

PMP is a movement-based program. The aim: to improve the children’s fitness, balance, locomotion, eye/hand and eye/foot coordination, gross motor skills & self-confidence. The program also seeks to build an understanding of spatial concepts such as in, on, under, over, through, behind, in front of and between (all concepts used in maths when our children go to school).

The Physical Education teacher at our centre runs this program and has noticed a marked improvement in a number of the children’s skills as they participate keenly in this important activity. Children with adequate perceptual-motor skills are self-confident, have greater body awareness and improved coordination. The ability to coordinate both sides of the body at the same time in an organized way or bilateral coordination is a necessary skill at school for writing and cutting with scissors.

All communication skills- speaking, reading, writing and gesturing are motor based. There is a close relationship between a child’s perception (ability to process what he takes in through his senses) and his motor (movement) skills.