Preschool

Starting School

Fact Sheets

Getting your child reading for 'big school' How can parents make the transition easier?The transition to ‘big’ school is one of the major challenges children have to face in the early childhood years.It is a time of stress and anxiety as well as excitement and enjoyment. For parents this transition may also cause some anxious moments as another adult becomes Read more

Sequencing

Learning

Learning to do things in orderLearning how to do things in order helps with lots of things we do in life.When faced with a task we often break it into smaller tasks to make the job easier. You can help your child develop sequencing skills by talking through tasks or steps in activities as we do them.For example, if we are pasting a picture into a book, here are tasks Read more

Here are some activities that will help your child develop writing skills. Remember your child needs to enjoy the activity for it to be effective and learning to take place.Plan for your child to succeed. Try to encourage your child to write on vertical as well as flat surfaces.Use a variety of implements:• Fingers • Crayons • Textas • Chalk • Sticks and Read more

Play helps children’s social skills, movement, thinking and language. It also helps children grow and be healthy.FIND any opportunity to play with your child throughout the day.LOOK at what your child is interested in and join them. Sometimes give them choices to help them play.WAIT for your child to lead the play and respond. You Read more

The following strategies may help support your child’s interaction with other children.• Increase the time your child spends playing with someone else. By observing your child carefully you will see times he or she is able to accept someone sitting next to him or her. This is the beginning of joint attention in an activity• When you are sitting next to your child, you can help him Read more

Children don’t follow directions for a number of reasons.They may not be paying attention when the direction is given or they may not understand some or all of the language used. They might find it hard to see the reason for the direction or perhaps they find it hard to remember what is said or the order of things they are being asked to do.It may just be that the Read more

“W-sit” is a term to describe a sitting position in which a child sits on the floor with their bottom between bent legs and their legs rotated so they are facing away from their body. Their legs form a “W” shape on the floor.This position of choice is usually adopted during the child’s transition from crawling to sitting. It is adopted primarily because having a wide base gives the Read more

Children who are given time to share books from a young age can have stronger language skills when they start school.Find a place where you can share a book and see your child’s face.Look at what your child is interested in. Let them show you what they want to do, e.g. they might want to hold the book or turn the pages.Wait for your child to do or say something and then respond to Read more