right - thanks - i think i get the gist of it. It's like school before they actually go to school?
I wont be sending DD in that case then. We are quite happy with her daycare centre, who has a learning programe in the 3-5 year olds rooms anyway - so i guess its similar. They go to school long enough now, so i will let her be babied for another year... plus we would have to find childcare for the period when kinder would finish until we finished work - unless they are able to go to the afterschool care programe associated with the primary school?
hello Mr Google. BBL
Preschool isnt "school" per say, any learning they do is play based and it may be very similar to childcare (dont know though have never used it). They have 3 staff to 18 kids and a rough day is
9-9.30am free play (various activities are set up like building blocks, marbles, mobilo construction, drawing).
9.30am sit down for welcome song where they say hello in various languages and then use a different greeting for roll call, like "Bula" when their name is called
thats followed by a group activity where they might do some cooking or make something or talk about things
10.30am morning tea of shared fruit
then outside play - again free play and all sorts of equip like sandpit, obstacle courses, cubby house, climbing set & slippery slide, trikes
1pm quiet time & stories then more games, painting and activities
3pm home time
And preschool is only for 4-5 year olds, DD's is a government one and costs practically nothing - $170 per year. There is no after care associated with our preschool but is at primary school.
From what I've learnt about kindergarten next year its along the same lines, I was worried about next year and the "formal learning" aspect but having visited the school and attended an info night I feel alot better. There's lots of play, activities and learning too but not in the way you'd consider school.
Just out of interest what do they do at childcare for 3-5 year olds?