School Readiness

At Platinum Pre School we believe in constant reflection on practises and performance. When we opened the doors of our first campus in 2010, our Directors, Jo was looking for suitable pre schools for her own children, so we were motivated to create an environment with a strong focus on education and care along with school readiness in the early years.

At Platinum we have a clear understanding of the social, mental & emotional well being, alongside academic skills that children need to successfully transition into the primary school world. We endeavor to balance these essential skills to develop a love of learning in the formative years of our students.

We take an approach to early education that is different and creative to the centres around us. This does not mean that the foundations and values of our approach is any better or worse than the other long day care services across Australia. However, it is unquestionable that an industry as large as ours, with such a huge responsibility to the future generations of Australia must be measured, must be meeting certain minimum standards, and most of all, must be constantly reflecting on our principles and practices. At Platinum children are provided with a variety of experiences in their daily programme that help make the transition to school a positive experience. Our teachers provide summative assessments (written information) about school readiness for parents prior to them going to school. Our teachers also endeavour to create partnerships between Platinum and the local schools in our community to ensure an open exchange of information and understanding particular entry requirements. Many of the terms we use and routines are there to assist the parents as well.

In order to give children every opportunity to grow and thrive, at Platinum we have a strong focus on the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework which has created a platform that is extremely well researched and reaches out to educators in a considered and well rounded system of principles and practices that provide room for the varying values, beliefs and backgrounds all kinds of Early Education approach. It allows us to balance Intentional Teaching and Play Based Learning in a way that seamlessly blends with Platinum’s own approach.

Why starting early matters

At Platinum our focus doesn’t just begin with the academic development of our children. Our main focus is based around empowering children with confidence, resilience and values. When we talk about confidence we mean confidence in relationships with family, teachers and friends. Confidence that will give them the strength to take risks, speak up, discover, self regulate and understand the needs and interactions of their peers. With confidence comes a willingness to learn – children will reach out for new knowledge – learning is a risk. Resilience to continuing learning new things and values to lead by.

School Readiness at Platinum

At Platinum we focus on a number of key areas in order to help prepare them for school. These areas include:

  • Building relationships – with teachers, peers and community.

  • Developing confidence in being in a larger group – behaviour, meeting needs of others, listening to teachers, assemblies, learning to take turns.

  • Building independence – getting ready in morning, routines, eating lunch and putting rubbish in the bin.

  • Children bringing own lunches.

  • Rotating groups. Children rotate around through different teachers focusing on various Key Learning Areas.

  • Excursions to local primary schools.

  • Developing community awareness through exposure to charities and other community focused events.

  • Bounce Back Programme – A resilience programme also used in Primary School that focuses on practical strategies to help children function well in school life, whilst promoting positive mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

 

Developmental Areas

At Platinum our Developmental Areas are key in our focus on preparing children for primary school. These areas are as follows:

Social, Emotional & Moral Development

  • Values Program

  • Restorative Justice approach to behaviour management

  • Morals

  • Manners

  • Social Interaction

Cognitive
Development

  • Numeracy

  • Problem Solving

  • Comprehension

  • Prediction

Physical
Development

  • Daily Fitness

  • Outdoor Play

  • Drama

  • Gross Motor Skill development

  • Hygiene & Healthy Eating

Language & Communication Development

  • Visual Literacy

  • Literacy

  • Talking & Listening

  • IT - including smartbaords, iPads & Laptops

Creative
Development

  • Visual Arts

  • Craft

  • Fine Motor skill development

  • Drama

  • Music

  • Dance

Independence
Development

  • Self Help Skills

  • Initiating conversations

  • Self expression

  • Eating lunch independently

  • Toileting

  • Responsibility & Belongings