For ages 4 yrs – 5 yrs
Our Pre-prep program at Underwood Play and Learn Child Care is our Approved Kindergarten Program led by our Early Childhood Teacher.
The room is licenced for 22 children with 1 Teacher and 1 Assistant and children in this room who are then moving to Prep will be 4yrs old by June 30th.
Let’s get ready for Prep …….not really at Play and Learn Child Care Underwood!! What??? What is being ready anyway? It will be so different for each child and each family. So often parents rely on markers such as knowing colours and letters as being school ready and that could not be further than the truth.
Prep teachers often tell us that if a child can look after their own belongings at school they will be eternally grateful…. But that doesn’t sound as glamorous at the end of the day does it…. “Oh..by the way your Billy put his pencil in the pencil holder today” said NO Teacher ever…..but at Play and Learn Child Care Underwood those life skills are just as important as learning our colours.
Our kindergarten program is based on the Queensland Curriculum guidelines and a copy can be found at
We look at children holistically and our programs are play centered – (hence our name) Block play, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, dress ups, dancing, stories and singing are just a few things your child will enjoy.
Fun environments ensure that children learn best. When children are pressured to rote learn, recite and spend long periods of being directed and lectured by adults learning actually becomes far more difficult. When is happens naturally driven by children interests it has greater meaning and therefore retained more easily.
Getting ready for prep is:
- Using language to communicate ideas and feelings.
- Co-operating with peers without hitting /pushing and biting.
- Adjust to separating from their primary caregiver
- Working independently
- Expressing ideas and thoughts though the arts
- Developing language for problem solving ie. Words like “lets negotiate”
- Mastering fine and gross motor skills – I cannot write if I don’t know where my body is in time and space.