School Preparedness

At the Gunnedah Preschool we believe in play based learning. Within this children learn many skills that prepare them for school.

During group times we learn:

  • How to sit on the mat and raise our hand when we want to speak
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • Colours
  • Shapes
  • Numbers 1-20
  • Our name in print
  • Pre literacy skills (such as singing, the front of a book, telling the story through pictures and prompting what comes next, as well as rhyming)

Through inside free play we learn:

  • To take turns
  • To communicate our needs and wants to our educators and peers
  • Many fine motor skills, including holding our pencil correctly, writing our names, drawing meaningful pictures and using scissors.
  • Respect for room rules

Other skills we learn:

  • Self-help. We encourage children to toilet themselves, pack their bags and dress themselves.
  • To belong to a group, a preschool, as a class and in friendship groups
  • Supporting children reach developmental milestones.