Blue Room-Pre Prep Room
In the blue room, we believe in assisting your child with a smooth transition to school.
Our program caters for individual needs and interest of each child, whilst also concentrating on developmental learning goals. An important focus is on building independence, confidence and resilience.
Exploration of early literacy and numeracy through play gives your children the tools required to feel confident entering into prep.
Blue Room FAQ’S
Q- Blue Room Drop off and pick up?
A- Caregivers are to sign their child/children in and out of the kindy each day on the iPad located in each room or in the foyer. Parents are welcome to join their child for the first 5 minutes of each day while they are settling in.
Important drop off procedures:
1. Please ensure at drop off that you DO NOT LEAVE until the educator has acknowledged your child’s arrival.
2. Please ensure sunscreen has been applied to your child on or before arrival all year round. Each room has a supply of sunscreen for your use. Please make sure you have signed the sunscreen application chart.
Encourage your child to be independent by helping them get used to:
- Putting on and doing up his or her shoes
- Eating and drinking without help (opening lunch boxes, wrapping and unwrapping school lunches and drinking from drink bottles)
- Caring for and putting away playthings
- Using a tissue
- Going to the toilet independently
- Using playground equipment safely
- Carrying his or her own bag and placing into their locker.
- Identifying his or her own belongings
- Walking to their room- We discourage carrying your child to and from their room.
Important pickup procedures:
- Greet your child and ask them about their day. Please allow time for your child to show you what they have done for the day, collect their belongings. Check communications pockets and plastic buckets for your child’s clothes. We encourage you do this together.
- Please ensure you DO NOT leave until you have said goodbye to an educator in your room.
- Please ensure that your child DOES NOT play in the playground at pickup.
Q-How does the blue room prepare children for prep?
A-In the Pre-prep class, learning is viewed as a journey that values the natural process of inquiry. Through the child’s thoughts, ideas and observations, many questions emerge. Connections are made between these ideas and the environment and teachers become facilitators who co-explore learning experiences with the children.
The Pre-Prep class acknowledges that development is unique for each child and occurs at varying rates from child to child. Adjusting to new environments is supported by the development of safe and trusting relationships and the development of self-esteem and confidence. The Pre-Prep environment at Canossa Kindergarten allows children to be active inquirers and life-long learners.
The Pre-Prep program will follow the Queensland Early Years Curriculum Guidelines and will provide a natural progression to Prep.
In Pre-Prep you would see the children enjoying the following activities:
- Motor skills
- Circle time
- Literacy and numeracy learning engagements
- Playing in the playground
- Books, puzzles, games drawing
Quick Guide to QKLG- Quick Guide Link
Q-Do you provide transition statements?
Q-When should I discuss any concerns I may have?
A- If you have general questions regarding your child you can discuss at drop off or pick up. If your concern requires a little more time its best to setup a time to talk outside drop off and pickup times. Please send an email to our room to organise a suitable time.
Q-When should I keep my child away from kindy when sick?
- fever of more than 38 degrees C. As well as a fever, they may be irritable, lethargic, crying or refusing to eat or feed, or have a stuffy nose or be a bit wheezy. All these are signs that your child needs to stay at home until they are better.
- A respiratory illness, such as bronchiolitis, croup or flu. Keep your child at home until they are better, particularly if they have a fever, too. If your child has whooping cough, keep him at home for five days from when your child starts antibiotics or 21 days from the start of coughing.
- Diarrhoea and vomiting. Your child could have a stomach bug. If your child has diarrhoea and vomiting they should stay at home until 24 hours after his last episode.
- If your child has infectious conjunctivitis (pinkeye) and discharges from their eyes he shouldn’t go to childcare. They should stay home until the discharge has stopped unless your doctor has diagnosed non-infectious conjunctivitis.
Please refer to Queensland health time article for more information- timeout Article
Q- Celebrating birthdays in the blue room?
A- At Canossa, we understand it’s a special time for your child to be able to spend their birthday with their kindergarten friends. We have implemented a non-food related celebration to make the day special for your child and their classmates.
Due to a number of allergies and our healthy eating policy, we have implemented a non-food related celebration. This includes:
- – A special birthday card is presented to your child at assembly including a happy birthday sing along.
- – Each child will receive the first letter of their name to decorate with their classmates as a take-home gift from Canossa.
A few key rules for each room are as follows:
- Any birthday party invites are to be placed in the family’s communication pockets located in each classroom.
- No party bags/gifts are to come to kindy.
- No birthday cakes, ice blocks or any food related items.
Q-Can I check on my child during the day?
A- You can always call or email our Director at any time during the day to see how your child is going and how they are settling in. The Director will always call you if your child remains upset and at any time during the day they are unsettled.
Q-Do you promote sleep time?
A- Yes. Some may sleep, however others who don’t sleep are encouraged to relax and recognise that their bodies need quiet time.
Q-How can I help my child make friends?
Q-How to know if my child needs addtional support?
If you have any concerns in regards to your child’s development, please see the lead educator in your room. For more information please go to Development Milestones Article
Sam- Lead Educator