Welcome to Balcatta Kindergarten. We hope that you and your child will enjoy the year at Balcatta Primary School. At Balcatta Primary School we have two four/five year old groups, with a 5 day fortnight (= 2.5 days per week).
In 2016, children born between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012 may attend. Kindergarten is a transition from home to school and may be the child’s first step away from home and mother. For some children, it is a challenging transition and for others it is a time of discovery of, and adventure in, an environment different from home or playgroup.
Your child’s time at Kindergarten establishes the foundation of his/her school adjustment, academic learning and socialisation. Our carefully planned program enables the child to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually by participating in group and individual experiences. Each phase of the program is vital to help children:
- happily relate to other children;
- work both independently and co-operatively;
- follow directions;
- assume responsibility;
- develop effective listening and speaking skills;
- practise courtesy and consideration.
Please ensure that your child arrives on time and is collected promptly each day. Teachers cannot take responsibility for children outside of scheduled hours. Please accompany your child to the door and meet him/her at the door at dismissal time. Late arrivals need to sign in at the front office.
Illness and infections
A written note or phone call is required by the school for absences, including illness. It is advisable to keep children at home if they are ill, even though they may be distressed at missing Kindergarten. If a child becomes ill at Kindergarten, parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child.
Each child needs a cushion-sized pillow for rest times from Week 3. These should be washable.
Healthy food and drink
Each child is required to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable every day. This is to be placed in the fruit basket on entry and will be shared during the session. Dried fruit and raw vegetables, eg sultanas, celery, carrots and tomatoes make an interesting change. Cheese is another option that is enjoyed by the children.
Children are required to bring their lunches to Kindergarten when attending for the whole day. Please ensure that children can manage their lunch boxes with minimal assistance. Our school is Allergy Aware.
All gates into the Kindergarten grounds are to be shut at all times.
Children are not to bring toys to Kindergarten. Children learn through play. Play is a child’s way of learning and working. In the Kindergarten, learning is based on actual experience. The Kindergarten program provides hands-on involvement to develop each child cognitively, physically, sociallsocially and emotionally through all learning areas.