Kindergarten Programs & Transitioning to School
Starting Kindergarten is an important and exciting milestone for parents and children. It is an opportunity for a child to develop their skills, confidence and independence in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
At Jenny’s Early Learning Centre, we are committed to ensuring the best possible program is created for children in their Kinder year! Each child enrolled in our Kinder program receives their very own FREE Kinder shirt, additional shirts can be purchased at cost price.
All of our Kinder Programs are operated by a University qualified Early Childhood Teacher. We have a team of Educators who form genuine bonds, who create amazing experiences and love creating beautiful experiences for everyone! We love getting out into the community and being part of our local area – Jenny’s kids are active members of our local area!
We are obviously biased but we think our Kindergarten programs are stronger than a stand alone program, our list could stretch a mile however just 3 key reasons are listed below-
- We know your child – we know children learn best in a setting that they are comfortable with, children can have a large adjustment heading to school. Keeping a consistent environment for children moving into our Kinder programs helps them learn from the first day with established friendship groups and relationships with our Educators.
- Our Kinder Program runs for more days and more weeks of every year giving children the most amount of preparation for the following school year
- Our Kinder teachers are supported by additional staff and Centre Directors meaning they can focus on the important things such as educating the children
The Jenny’s ELC kindergarten education program is developed according to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.Offering a variety of activities, resources and experiences, our program is designed to meet the individual needs, interests and abilities of each child.
Our Kindergarten program encourages your child to grow, learn and discover through play-based learning. Each child has the opportunity to explore, discover, try out new ideas, and gain knowledge about themselves and the world around them.
We encourage your child to explore art, dance, music, play, and movement in a way that develops their language, critical thinking, and fine motor skills. Your child will become an effective learner as they build on their communication skills, self-confidence, creativity, and develop abilities in reading, writing and mathematics.
Accessible 5 days a week, our Kindergarten program typically runs from approximately 9.00am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. Program hours may differ between centres, so check with your Centre Director to confirm.
New families, we’d love to meet you! Call and schedule a visit to your nearest centre today!
Transitioning to Primary School
Preparing your child for formal schooling is a big part of the Jenny’s ELC kindergarten program.
We ensure that your child is well prepared for the challenges of early schooling by discussing (with your permission) the developmental and transitional needs of your child prior to commencing Primary School.
Throughout the year our children and teachers will take part in a variety of experiences to ensure a smooth transition for your child. Our Teachers attend information sharing evenings with local Prep teachers to help ensure your child has the smoothest transition possible.
Various times throughout the year our Kinder Room will participate in excursions and incursions, with the idea and scope of educating them about the community around them. Some of these excursions may even be to a local primary school.
Our educators are always happy to discuss your child’s progress in informal discussions, and we also make specific times available throughout the year for more formal and private conversations. Here, you can set goals with the Kindergarten teacher and discuss the possibility of extra support for children with additional learning needs and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Relationship with Schools
With many primary schools in our local area, Jenny’s ELC strives to develop close relationships with the neighbouring Bendigo schools. This helps to ensure the smoothest transition possible to more formal education. The development of a confidential ‘Transition to School’ document keeps you and your child’s school up-to-date with the cognitive and social development of your child as they enter primary school.
Talk to your Centre Director today to learn about how to prepare for the challenges in your child’s transition.