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An important aim of the Preparatory Year is to build continuity between children’s prior experiences and their future learning in schools.  Before starting the Preparatory Year, children live and learn in a range of overlapping, socially and culturally diverse settings. Many factors within these settings interact to influence how children see themselves, their ways of responding to the world and how they interact and build relationships.

Children are strong, rich and capable.               

All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity, and interest in constructing their learning, negotiating with everything their environment brings to them.

Prep is a full day early education program only offered in primary schools. Our classes run from 8:45 am - 3.00 pm and prep children are also eligible to attend our Coolclub (outside hours care) both before and after school. 
Children are eligible to enter prep if they turn 5 before June 30.  Children generally enter prep at the beginning of the school year (i.e. at 4 years 6 months – 5 years 6 months of age).  Compulsory schooling begins when children turn 6 years and 6 months.

A New Curriculum 

2012 saw the introduction of The Australian Curriculum for Prep students. This has meant that all Prep students across the country are working towards the same  Achievement  Standards.

Literacy Achievement Standard 

By the end of the Preparatory Year, students use predicting and questioning strategies to make meaning from texts. They recall one or two events from texts with familiar topics. They understand that there are different types of texts and that these can have similar characteristics. They identify connections between texts and their personal experience. They read short, predictable texts with familiar vocabulary and supportive images, drawing on their developing knowledge of concepts about print and sound and letters. They identify the letters of the English alphabet and use the sounds represented by most letters. They listen to and use appropriate language features to respond to others in a familiar environment. They listen for rhyme, letter patterns and sounds in words. 

Students understand that their texts can reflect their own experiences. They identify and describe likes and dislikes about familiar texts, objects, characters and events. In informal group and whole class settings, students communicate clearly. They retell events and experiences with peers and known adults. They identify and use rhyme, letter patterns and sounds in words. When writing, students use familiar words and phrases and images to convey ideas. Their writing shows evidence of sound and letter knowledge, beginning writing   behaviours and experimentation with capital letters and full stops. They  correctly form known upper and lowercase letters. 

Numeracy Achievement Standard

By the end of the Preparatory Year, students make connections between number names, numerals and quantities up to 10. They compare objects using mass, length and capacity. Students connect events and the days of the week. They explain the order and duration of events. They use appropriate language to describe location. Students count to and from 20 and order small collections. They group objects based on common characteristics and sort shapes and objects. Students answer simple questions to collect  information. 

What can parents do to help?

* Read every day - children need to hear 1000 stories a year to become accomplished readers (that's only 3 a night!).

* Find a Nursery Rhyme book and learn lots of rhymes.  Clap the beat and listen for rhyming words.

* Look for print in the environment.  Read and talk about the purposes of print.

* Find opportunities for children to count - setting the table, cars in the carpark, items in the trolley and so on.

* Teach your child to recognise and write their name correctly - start with a capital letter and the rest in lower case.  Use outline writing as a guide.

* Reassure children that Prep is fun and that they will be involved in many exciting learning experiences.