Be School Ready

Be School ReadyThe children who settle into school easily are the ones who have attended some kind of quality preschool or kindy say new entrant teachers.

BestStart, New Zealand’s largest early childhood education provider, has developed a unique Be School Ready initiative to ensure that every child attending one of its centres is fully prepared for the next stage of their learning journey.

Children who are confident and capable when they enter the school setting have a head start on children who have not previously experienced a more structured environment.

Everyone learns at different speeds and while adults think counting and spelling is a sign a child is ready for school, not all children are ready to learn this before they begin school. Often the children have simply memorised letters and numbers. Experienced teachers at a BestStart centre know how to encourage and support each child’s learning.

Being familiar with routines, like mat time and knowing how to relate to others, negotiate and take turns so they can manage group work are other important skills pre-schoolers learn.

Qualified and dedicated teachers support children in creative and critical thought processes all day. Teachers provide purposeful experiences that introduce children to early concepts of maths, science, art, reading and other curriculum areas.

When children are interested in something, they engross themselves in it. A skilled early childhood teacher will take that fascination and build on it. Have a look at Facebook or Roundabout in the back of the Bright Start magazine for some wonderful learning opportunities.

Children who have learned how to think clearly and solve problems take these skills into the next phase of their education. They will have the courage and confidence to ask questions and expand their knowledge.

The Be School Ready initiative officially begins when a child turns 4. They receive a small gift to signal the beginning of their journey to school. Upon completion of the initiative, on their fifth birthday, they receive a certificate and gift as a signifier of their readiness for school.

Some of the learning opportunities the Be School Ready initiative offers includes:
  • Literacy skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Understanding the world
  • Creativity, arts and music
  • Sharing and relating to others
  • Physical and gross motor skills

Check out this video for tips on making the transition from home to school a happy one.