Preschool is crucial to a child’s development and ultimate success at school, laying the foundation for all the learning this is to come.

So while we teach the foundational skills necessary to succeed in school, once they get there the elements for success become ever more clearly defined.

There are seven main areas that will dictate a child’s success at the big school.

The 7 key elements for success at school are:

  • Confidence
  • Curiosity
  • Intentionality
  • Self-control
  • Relatedness
  • Capacity to communicate
  • Cooperativeness

In support of these objectives, your child’s teacher at school will be aiming to develop your child’s proficiency in all of the below areas:

  •  Extend group involvement and language, including engaging with longer, more involved stories.
  • Boost self-confidence through activities and social interactions with both other children and adults.
  • Enhance the clarity of self-expression through practice, practice and more practice.
  • Finish tasks that they start.
  • Follow increasingly complex instructions.
  • Complete increasingly complicated puzzles.
  • Learn about science and the environment.
  • Develop higher-level problem-solving skills.
  • Gain a stronger sense of independence.
  • Learn to play more complicated games and follow rules.
  • Refine skills including color, cutting, drawing and shape recognition.
  • Strengthened resilience; learning to accept outcomes and handle setbacks and frustrations without getting upset.
  • Make informed, responsible decisions and accept the consequences of those decisions.

Kindergarten is a really exciting time for children and parents alike; we’re taking a big step into the unknown together – that’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

But every child goes through it and comes out the other side stronger, more confident and self-assured.

Approaching the transition positively with your child is the best way to ensure they can dive into the benefits of the big school right away.