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  • Is my child ready for Kindergarten?

    Early childhood development is a very important stage of life and sets the foundations for learning well into adulthood. But how do you know if your child is developing typically and if they are ready to start formal learning at Kindergarten?

    The Queensland Government Department of Education states that children should start Kindergarten if they are at least 4 by 30 June of the year they begin Kindy – these guidelines are similar for other states in Australia. However, many children develop differently and at different rates, so age alone is not a sufficient indicator of whether or not your child is ready to start Kindergarten. Furthermore, there are many different schools of thought as to when a child should begin formal learning. Call or email us today to for more information on how we can help your child.

    How to know if my child is ready for kindergarten

    So what is it that you should be looking for in your child to know if they are ready for kindergarten? Unlike being ready for school or prep, there isn’t a list of specific academic tasks that a child should be able to perform to demonstrate that they are developmentally ready to go to kindergarten. Instead, you should keep an eye out for the following behaviour; your child:

    • Can listen and pay attention
    • Can follow short strings of instructions
    • Cooperates with peers and adults
    • Can sit still without fidgeting for periods of time
    • Has developed gross motor skills and coordination (but these will still be refining at this age)
    • Has developed fine motor skills (but this will still be refining at this age)

    What can you do if your child is not yet ready?

    Learning Connections is here to help. As experts in children's development and learning, we understand the complexities of the difficulties that children face. If you believe your child isn’t ready for kindergarten we can do an assessment to determine what their developmental immaturities are and so, find the best course of action for getting them school ready.

    After we have identified the problem areas we are able to provide you with a tailored program with activities and dietary advice. You can do the activities at home with your child to help boost their development – they are specifically designed to help children to cope with transitioning into school.

    Alternatively we also offer kindergarten readiness screening using the kindergarten screening tool.

    Call or email us today to for more information on how we can help your child to be prepared for kindergarten.

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