Enrolment - School Readiness
Many parents struggle to know when the right time is to send their child off to school or preschool, and when it is better to keep them back for another year.
Until the age of seven, children continue to have wide variations in their development. There is no one quality or skill that children need to do well in school, but a combination of things contributes to success. These include
· Good health and physical wellbeing
· Social and emotional maturity
· Language skills
· An ability to solve problems and think creatively and
· General knowledge and awareness of their world.
What we must remember is that every child is an individual - each develops at a different rate, with some children being stronger in some areas than others.
At Alvie Consolidated School, we expect children to start school with majority of these:
· Action has been taken for identified vision, hearing and dental problems.
· Knows their name and has a basic awareness of self, family and community.
· Can follow basic rules and routines.
· Has a basic understanding of hygiene and is able to use the toilet and wash their hands.
· Able or learning to tie shoes, do up buttons, zips, etc.
· Able to Eat unassisted.
· Able to follow clear in instructions such as put toys away when asked.
· Developing gross and fine motor skills.
By law, your child must have an immunisation status certificate to enrol in primary school. The certificate is a statement showing which immunisations your child has received prior to starting school.
The School Entry Immunisation Status Certificate (SEISC) is the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) Child History Statement, issued when your child turns five, however you can request a statement from ACIR or from myGov online, at any time. The school keeps these records on file to assist quick identification of unimmunised children.
In the event of a disease outbreak, unimmunised children, can be quickly identified and excluded from school until the risk of infection has passed. If your child’s immunisation status is unknown, then your child may be excluded as a precautionary measure.
Enrolling in primary school is a good time to ensure your child’s immunisations are up to date. Children starting school are exposed to large numbers of people and to a range of potentially dangerous diseases. Immunisation is a proven and safe way to protect your child against vaccine-preventable diseases that cause serious illness and sometimes death.
Your child’s transition to primary school should be a very positive experience. At Alvie Consolidated School, we offer a thorough transition program. We believe it is essential that your child engage in all parts of their transition process.
In order to make your child’s transition effective we recommend the following:
1. Parents and guardians undertake preparative activities outside the school.
2. Parents and Guardians establish a relationship the school Principal and Prep teacher.
3. Children attend all Prep transition days at the school
4. Parents and guardians follow the support recommendations when the child starts school
The year before school
· Ask your child what they think about starting school.
· Encourage your child to ask questions about going to school.
· Help your child stay healthy. Make sure they have regular health and dental checks and keep immunisations up to date.
· Encourage children to do things on their own. This could be dressing, going to the toilet, washing their hands, unwrapping their food, opening/closing their drink bottle and lunchbox.
· Talk to friends and other families about what school is like.
· Talk to your child’s kinder teacher about home activities that may help your child.
· Continue to regularly read to your child.
During the summer holidays
· Show your child where the school is and talk about how you will get there.
· Arrange play times with other families whose children will be going to the same school. It helps if your child knows children at their school at the start of prep.
· Practise the things your child will need to do to get ready for school (e.g. putting things in their bag, remembering to take a hat).
· Confirm before or after school care arrangements and explain these to your child.
· Be positive about starting school and enjoy your child’s excitement.
· Consistently read to your child.
· Attend school open days, during education week, enrolment week and information sessions.
· Introduce yourself to the Principal and classroom teacher. Expect them to ask you questions about your child and your family.
· Read all materials given to you relating to the school, especially your child’s transitions, and ask questions if you need more clarity.
· Attend transition interview with your child’s classroom teacher