A specialist kindergarten program for boys in Southport

Preschool Handbook

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Modes of Attendance for Preschool 2017

Full Time – 5 days per week term time.

Part time – 5 day fortnight, attendance will be either:-

Monday Group – Mon/Tues/Wed (Week A) and then Mon/Tues (Week B)
OR
Thursday Group – Thurs/Fri (Week A) and then Wed/Thurs/Fri (Week B)

Boys are our Business

At The Southport School our specialist knowledge in the education of boys ensures we create a kindergarten program with their needs as our focus. Changes to the National Curriculum mean that more than ever before it is important that all children have the best possible start to their educational journey. Boys who participate in a quality kindergarten program taught by qualified teachers with a real passion and interest in their learning enjoy a flying start to learning and life. TSS Preparatory School offers a Preschool program for boys in which they can grow into their potential.

Young Brains are Works in Progress

“What a child learns and experiences in their early years … will have effects that last a lifetime.” Give your child the best possible start. Neuroscience shows that early experiences impact upon brain development more than genetics. In other words, nurture trumps nature. Young brain development is dependent on a positive environment – good nutrition, health, and nourishing and stimulating parenting. At The Southport School your son is at the centre of everything we do. Through our Preschool program we want to inspire your son with a love of learning and to give your son a great foundation for the years ahead.

Curriculum

The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines supports kindergarten teachers’ professional practice in a range of contexts across Queensland. The guideline is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) and embraces the inclusive vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life”,

The EYLF decribes a vision of children’s learning, characterised by:

Belonging – recognising the knowing where and with whom you belong is integral to human existence, providing a basis for children’s interdependence and relationships with others.
Being – recognising and valuing the “here and now” in children’s lives, and viewing childhood as more than simple preparation for adulthood for the future.
Becoming – recognising the rapid and significant learning and development that occurs in the early years, and the capability and potential of all children.
While the EYLF focuses on children from birth to five years, The Queensland kindergarten learning guidelines aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Preschool Year. In Queensland , the Preschool Year is the year before the Preparatory Year of schooling. Throughout the Preschool Year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions.

The Guideline recognises that parents are children’s first educators and values the vital role parents, carers and family members play in children’s lives and their ongoing learning. The term “families”, throughout the guideline, recognises the range of people who take on parenting roles and build close and supportive relationships with children in their home environments.

The relationship between the EYLF learning outcomes and Queensland kindergarten learning and development areas

Identity: Related EYLF leanring outcome: Children have a strong sense of identity.
Connectedness: Related EYLF learning outcome: Children are connected with and contibute to their world.
Wellbeing: Related EYLF learning outcome: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
Active learning: Related EYLF learning outcome: Children are confident and involved learners.
Communication: Related EYLF learning outcome: Children are effective communicators.

The Sky’s the Limit

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” Joyce Maynard

What will my son learn at Preschool?

  • He will actively learn through play. In the kindergarten program each boy will participate in play-based learning experiences designed to encourage his physical, social, intellectual, language and emotional abilities
  • He will engage in pre-literacy and pre-numeracy learning which will establish strong foundations for the more formal years of schooling ahead
    He will learn to use language to communicate ideas, feelings and needs
  • He will learn how to make friends and learn how to cooperate with others
  • He will become more independent and confident in his abilities He will develop self-discipline
  • He will use his creativity to express ideas and feelings through the arts
  • He will identify, explore and solve problems

Key Workers – Quality of Care

“Teaching Kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” Bob Talbert

The TSS Preschool program will be taught by fully qualified teachers rather than child-care workers and each class will be taught by supplementary specialist teaching staff in Physical Education, Music and Life and Faith.

All TSS staff know that quality early learning experiences come from ensuring ‘best practice’ and that ‘best practice’ is achieved by constantly improving everything we do. In our Preschool, ‘best practice’ will include:

A stimulating, caring and educational environment
A cultural focus on building your child’s confidence, individuality, self-esteem, social skills and respect for others
Programming that is sensitive and easily tailored to a child’s individual needs, strengths, and interests
Opportunities for families to be involved in the centre
A nationally accredited learning framework.
By focusing on achieving, maintaining and exceeding best practice, we’re helping to ensure the happiness and health of the children in our care and their families.

Location

The Southport School Preschool is housed in a state of the art facility on the grounds of our Preparatory School. Entry is off Benowa Road, Southport. You are cordially invited to visit and see for yourself one of the Gold Coast’s premier early childhood education centres.

Life-long Learning

“The experts of tomorrow are in Preschool today.”

How is the program delivered?

The Preschool program will be taught either in full-time or part-time mode.

The three options are as follows: 5 days per week ( Monday through to Friday), 3 days per week ( Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and 2 days per week ( Thursday and Friday).

There are a pre-determined number of places in both modes and so registration as early as possible is advised.

The part-time preschool students will attend for three days in one week and two days in the next. This will be either two set days on Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday and the boys will alternate attendance on each Wednesday.

As an accredited centre, for eligible families, the fee for attending the TSS Preschool Program will attract the Child Care Benefit.

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