Our Morningside Kindergarten Program is Government Approved and has a structured, play based program led by Miss Tracy, one of the owners of Puss in Boots. The Kindergarten program focuses on helping children develop a wide range of essential skills and preparing them for their transition to school. It runs for at least 15 hours per week and 40 weeks per calendar year (which means that your child should attend at least 3 days per week). Unlike community kindergartens which offer a rigid 8.30am – 2.30 pm, five-day fortnight program and are closed on school holidays, the Kindergarten program offered at Puss in Boots allows for flexibility for working families.
Take part in play-based learning.
Expand their physical abilities.
Build their confidence.
Enhance their social skills.
Develop a positive approach to learning.
Use problem-solving skills.
Explore early literacy and numeracy.
Miss Tracy is a four-year, university qualified, registered teacher who has extensive experience in a variety of school settings. She has established a balanced curriculum that develops children’s skills, knowledge and understandings and which supports their continued learning, helping better prepare them for Prep.
Miss Tracy is also a member of Morningside State School P&C.
Puss In Boots Kindergarten children learn through play. During play they make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking and teamwork skills, communicate, and develop a positive sense of themselves.
Kindergarten is an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in school. This environment helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others.
Miss Tracy and our other educators observe, ask questions and listen to children’s ideas. To nurture their curiosity and motivation to learn, educators use children’s interests and ideas to create experiences. Even a simple, chance event – such as a child’s discovery of a snail in the outdoor play area — can be turned into an exciting opportunity to learn!
At our Morningside Kindergarten, children’s language skills are nurtured in a ‘language-rich’ environment. Their language skills are stretched by asking thought-provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary during their daily experiences. Children have many opportunities to sing, talk about favourite books and act out stories. Your child’s cognitive skills are strengthened by engaging in a wide range of hands-on experiences that challenge them to observe closely, ask questions, test their ideas or solve a problem.
To prepare children for the academic demands of school they are offered a wide variety of games and activities that help them acquire numeracy and literacy skills. For example, matching, sorting, counting and board games build children’s understanding of numbers, categories and sequences, which supports later math learning.
Putting together puzzles encourages children to notice patterns, plan ahead and problem-solve. To sustain children’s excitement and motivation for learning, our Morningside Kindergarten program introduces early literacy and math skills not as isolated exercises, but in the context of experiences that are interesting and meaningful to children.
In order to learn, a young child needs to feel cared-for and secure, be able to spend time away from parents and build trusting relationships with adults outside the family. Our high-quality Kindergarten program nurtures warm relationships among children, teachers and parents. Miss Tracy and the other educators will build close, personal connections with each child in their care.
Children learn social skills and emotional self-control in ‘real-time’. Four-year-olds learn through their experiences and Miss Tracy will make time for those ‘teachable moments’ when she can help children learn to manage their emotions. Our educators don’t automatically step in to resolve children’s conflicts for them; they have a good sense of when to let children work out their own problems and when to intervene.
At our Morningside Kindergarten, the children’s sense of competence and self-worth grow as they learn to take care of themselves and help others. Miss Tracy and the other educators appeal to a young child’s desire to engage in responsibility by offering them opportunities to help in the classroom. Children are expected to wash their hands before eating, keep personal belongings in their locker, and pack away. Throughout their school years, much of children’s learning will take place in the company of their peers. In our high-quality Kindergarten program, children are introduced to the behaviours required to participate successfully in a classroom.
A young child’s physical development allows them to explore their environment — and to challenge themselves in new ways. Puss In Boots Kindergarten provides several opportunities daily for children to run, climb and play active games. A variety of activities are offered to help children develop fine motor skills and build their hand-eye coordination and balance.
When your child is ready to begin their journey in school, you can feel assured that their attendance at Puss In Boots Kindergarten has assisted in building their resilience, knowledge, skills, and confidence to do well.