Family Handbook - Skills for school and life | Goodstart

    Learning the skills for school and life

    Early learning for 3 to 5 year olds

    The world is an exciting place for this age group. They can be superheroes one minute, and shopkeepers the next. This certain belief that they can be anything they want to be is something we never want them to lose.

    Between the ages of 3 and 5 is a time when children expand their horizons. They open their world to more people and form wider friendship groups where they can learn from each other and test ideas together. Being challenged by different points of view helps children build stronger problem-solving skills, and being exposed to diversity helps them learn to negotiate with others.

    The program we develop for your child’s learning at this stage encourages:

    • Thinking, exploring, questioning, wondering and learning how to learn.
    • Developing language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
    • Solving problems and reasoning.
    • Relating well to other children and adults.
    • Resolving conflicts, playing co-operatively and being assertive.
    • Developing independence, self-esteem, self-confidence and managing emotions.
    • Understanding the world around them.
    • Belonging, being part of a community, and connecting with others.
    • Developing a lifelong love of learning, discovery and new experiences through play and activity.

    Dramatic play becomes more complex and imaginative as children develop their self-confidence. Pretend supermarkets and cafes and post offices give educators new opportunities to help children hone their social, literacy, language, communication, mathematical and decision-making skills too.

    As the children get older our educators introduce more sophisticated ways of learning with projects that encourage and enable them to investigate and explore more complex ideas around life cycles and growth.

    Encouraging children to collect objects like rocks or feathers or leaves, and organise them into different categories, is a great way for educators to help children learn about concepts like similarity, difference, patterning and sorting.

    Making music gives children opportunities to explore concepts like rhythm and beat while they develop self-confidence and creative expression.

    We find innovative and engaging opportunities to give children responsibilities that will help them build confidence and self-esteem. Children explore aspects of early literacy before they move on to school

    Government-approved kindergarten and preschool programs.

    Many Goodstart centres offer high quality government-accredited kindergarten and preschool programs with bachelor-qualified early childhood teachers. For more details about Goodstart kindergarten and preschool programs, please ask your Centre Director for a copy of our kindergarten or preschool booklet or click here to find out more.

    Some Goodstart centres offer before and after school care, and vacation care, for children up to 12 years old. This gives you the convenience of dropping your children to the one location, while they have fun and enjoy educational age appropriate activitiesand continuity of care during their early school years.