Coledale Public School

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Kinder Orientation Program

Kinder Orientation and Transition

Starting school is a big milestone for children and their families. The Coledale school community will welcome your child and you as we spend the next 7 years learning and growing together.

Children can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July that year. By law, all children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday.

When your child starts school is an individual decision. You may wish to discuss this with your child's preschool teacher, carer, doctor or your local primary school. Our teachers are trained to work with your child regardless of their age or level of development.

Children develop at different rates and learn skills in different ways. At Coledale we respond to the needs, learning styles and rates of progress of individual students.

Children start school with a range of experiences, skills and abilities. In the first week of school Kindergarten students will undertake the Best Start assessment. The assessment allows teachers to spend one-on-one time with each child, learning about their literacy and numeracy abilities. This helps teachers plan effective teaching and learning programs. The assessment does not require students to prepare or study.

Transition to school sessions are held in October each year and you should make contact with the school for more information.

The aim of Kinder Orientation is to ensure the students' transition to Kindergarten is relaxed and supportive. Kinder Orientation includes tours of the school facilities and 4 sessions. As well as time for the children to socialise and become familiar with their new surroundings, the sessions provides parents with the opportunity to meet one another and form support networks with parents already at the school. Information is also provided for the parents through very information sessions.

Ready for School Checklist (pdf)

Best Start Numeracy Guide (pdf)

Best Start Literacy Guide (pdf)