Learn the basics at Mother Kate's
AT MOTHER Kate's Early Learning Centre in Wondai, children are at the perfect place to socialise and make friends, as well as learn the fundamental basics of schooling.
According to Bec Wessling, the director of Mother Kate's Early Learning Centre, these fundamentals include speech development and exposure to literacy and numeracy.
"We found that we were having a few children with speech development issues. We touched base with Bush Kids and they gave us feedback on how to best help children that we find fall into those areas, but don't fall into the category of needing extra help.
"It's our way of helping those children get ready before they start school," she said.
Mother Kate's connects their children with a range of different services from the Bush Kids.
"In pre-kindy, they do a lot of story time and get exposed to different sort of texts and literacy, and we participate in the Bush Kids Read and Grow program every year for our pre-kindy and kindy programs. It's exposing the children to literacy, stories, and then activities that follow on from those stories.
"This helps them be able to understand written texts and different types of media and it also allows them to gain their skills of sitting in a group and participating with their peers," Ms Wessling said.
For the regular curriculum, suggestions from family members are highly prioritised.
"Our curriculum is very family input orientated, so if there is any interest from home, then we can sometimes bring it into the centre. Often what they're learning here is an extension of what they're already learning about at home.
"We do a lot of school readiness, which is more than just your ABC's and 1-2-3's, it's about social interaction, and getting them ready to be able to handle the social side of interactions," Ms Wessling said.
Mother Kate's also lets the children participate in meaningful excursions.
"We do a lot of community excursions, we go visit forest view at the Wondai Hospital up here and for NAIDOC week we go to the Wondai State School a fair bit.
"We've also been to the butcher and the IGA and like to give the children more exposure to real life areas that they might visit when they're with mum and dad," Ms Wessling said.
The fun doesn't end there, either. The early learning centre also likes to let the children, and their families, join in on festivities.
"For our Christmas party, we do a mini festival where we have a jumping castle, face painting and sausage sizzles. There are also a lot of activities set up around the centre, where each room does a song for the families.
"We'll also have Santa visit... Our end of year Christmas party is a bit of a big deal," Ms Wessling said.