The School Readiness Program exists to provide support to children who require extra assistance in school behaviours and routines that we take for granted. For those who are about to enter mainstream school and the classroom, this can often be a confronting and chaotic environment.
A classroom has been created at the Melrose Park building to prepare children for the mainstream school environment. Students are gradually introduced to commonplace school experiences, followed by school-based support during their actual transition if needed.
The School Readiness Program provides children with skills and knowledge through school-based experiences so they can enter school with confidence. It also 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.
A comprehensive report is provided that will outline the targeted skills covered within the program. This report can be forwarded to the school to outline the child’s strengths and areas that may require assistance. There will also be a list of recommendations to assist parents, carer’s and educators so that they may have a greater understanding of the child’s needs going into the new year at school.
When and Where?
The program runs over 12 weeks period in line with the school terms commencing for a few weeks at the end of term 3 and then into term 4. The children will ease into the school day with 2 x 3 hours a days for the first six weeks. The program will then move to 3 x 4 hours a days over the last six weeks. This progression is to help build school readiness skills and resilience while offering a positive school experience. The School Readiness Program is run in our purpose built classroom setting at Melrose Park.