Why Integrated Kindergarten and Preschool Programs in Childcare Are the Way to Go!
It goes without saying, you want to give your child the best start to life. The first five years are hugely important for a child’s learning and development and setting them up for future success. We know there’s several options out there when deciding on your childcare journey, and sometimes it’s hard for families to know the difference between what’s on offer.
At Guardian Childcare & Education, we are really proud of our dedicated two-year Preschool / Kindergarten program, led by our specialist degree-qualified Teachers. Families sometimes ask what we offer children aged 3-5 years old in a long day care setting that sessional care doesn’t, so here’s our opportunity to share some information – and why these differences matter for your family.
We believe that our two-year Kindergarten / Preschool program is the best choice for both children and their families. Why? Let’s break it down and look at what our programs offer within long day care hours.
Flexibility to Support your Busy Family Life
We all know how hectic life can be, right? So many of us are juggling work, family commitments, and so many other demands, it’s hard to fit everything in. That’s why an integrated Kindergarten / Preschool program offering great flexibility is such a good choice.
Unlike sessional care, which has set days and times, our two-year program offers flexibility; YOU can choose the schedule that works best for your family.
Our programs are embedded throughout the whole day, every day, with families using our Centres on days and times that suit their busy lives. It makes your life easier while ensuring your child gets the best care and education possible; regardless of which days they attend. Our long day care hours offer ideal flexibility, and each child still receives the full benefits of our incredible learning programs.
Incredible Learning Experiences – All Day, Every Day
Now, let’s talk about the learning. Our dedicated two-year Kindergarten / Preschool program provides a comprehensive structure that goes beyond the limited hours of sessional care. Your child gets to experience a full day of engaging activities and both planned and spontaneous learning experiences.
Of course, reading, writing and numeracy skills are embedded in our programs, across fun activities throughout every day. But it’s about so much more than just ‘book learning’; it’s about a holistic approach to early childcare education. Children in our care are involved in all sorts of cool stuff—educational games, hands-on projects, and interactive play. It’s all designed to spark their curiosity, ignite their creativity, and help them develop important skills for life.
Developing social skills and strong relationships
Many children at our Centres move up from the Nursery onwards, which allows them to form strong friendships and feel comfortable and secure in our familiar environments, the perfect foundation for learning. Our Preschool / Kindergarten program gives children ample opportunity to socialise and build on these friendships.
They’ll be surrounded by their peers, engaging in supervised play, and building those essential social skills. Learning to share, communicate, and work together with others is a big part of their development, and these programs create the perfect environment for that. Plus, let’s not forget the fun they’ll have —it’s like a social club for your little one!
Children can also build long-term relationships with their educators, often over several years. These educators have an in-depth understanding of each child in their care,, contributing to the creation of a secure learning environment where your child can thrive.
Smooth Transition to Big School
You know what else is great about integrated programs? They help ease the transition to formal schooling. Our learning programs are aligned to the Australian school curriculum to ensure that children have developed the important skills (cognitive, social and emotional) to be set up for success from Day One.
So, when the time comes for your child to move up to school, they’ll be well-prepared with a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and routines that will make the transition smoother for everyone involved. It’s like giving them a head start in their educational journey!
Let’s sum it all up.
Integrated kindergarten and preschool programs in childcare are a win-win for both you and your little one. The flexibility offered allows you to juggle life’s demands without sacrificing your child’s learning and education. The comprehensive learning experience on offer, combined with the opportunities to play and build strong friendships, sets them up for success. And the seamless transition to school? It’s like giving them a golden ticket to future achievement.
So, go ahead and choose the integrated Preschool / Kindergarten option. Your child will thrive in a program that values their individuality, sparks their love for learning, and gives them a solid foundation for the road ahead. It’s all about making the best choice for your family.
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