Getting Ready for Kindergarten
- Talk with and listen to your child about daily activities. Strong oral communication is a solid foundation for learning.
- Encourage your child to speak about their feelings, actions and needs with other children and adults.
- Find opportunities where your child can interact with children their own age.
- Provide opportunities for your child to manage alone when toileting, dressing, tidying and eating.
- Discuss personal safety routines. Encourage your child to know their name, address and telephone number.
- Read to your child regularly. Select a variety of books of different lengths and subjects.
- Support your child’s fine motor skills by drawing, cutting, gluing and handling playdough.
- Encourage running, climbing and playing outdoors. Use television and technology wisely.
- Embrace everyday learning opportunities. Read signs, packages and labels, count household items and play board games.
Parents and guardians worried about their child's readiness for Junior Kindergarten or Senior Kindergarten should contact their child's school principal as early as possible. Schools are a good source of information and may be able to help parents get support for their children.
For more information, please call your local school principal.
- My Toilet Learning
- Speech Checklist 3 – 5 year olds
- Developmental Checklist Age 3
- Developmental Checklist Age 4
- Developmental Checklist Age 5
- Full- Day Kindergarten: Question and Answer Guide for Parents
- Reading and Writing with Your Child
- Doing Mathematics with Your Child
- How Does Learning Happening?
- Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: Getting Ready for School
- Ministry of Education –Kindergarten Once School Starts
- Five Counties Children's Centre Resources