The School Readiness Program provides children with skills and knowledge through school-based experiences so they can enter school with confidence. It is conducted within the last two weeks of the holidays so the children are able to transfer their school behaviours more easily.
The program also provides children who are already in a school environment with an opportunity to refresh their skills after a long Christmas Holiday Break. The program encourages language development, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as improved physical health by having a focus on the following key learning areas:
- Morning Routines
- Transitions both between tasks and locations
- Managing distractions and conflict
- Care for self
- Ask and responding to questions
- Social Skills
- Making friends
- Break time eating and associated behaviours
At completion of the program, children will:
- Successfully navigate morning routines and rituals of a class by demonstrating those skills with minimal prompting.
- Learn to transition between tasks, classroom spaces and rooms independently.
- Independently show appropriate behaviours during break times.
- Choose appropriate behaviour while sitting on the mat and at a desk.
- Manage distractions and disruptions with little to no prompting.
- Be able to ask and respond to questions asked individually and in group situations.
- Engage in social skill activities in a pair and group situations.
- Appropriately, with support, manage conflict situations.
The children will demonstrate understanding by:
- Following instructions after one telling.
- Sitting appropriately on the mat or at their desk.
- Asking and responding to questions independently.
- Ignoring disruptive behaviour.
- Seeking out other children to become friends with.
When and Where?
The Intensive School Readiness Program is an 8 day program offering 32 hours of face to face time. It is conducted at our Melrose Park office Monday to Friday the first week, then Monday to Wednesday the second week.