At Berrinba East State School, our approach to quality Early Years Teaching centres on three core pillars.
At Berrinba East State School we work closely with our partner Kindergartens and Early Years Neighbourhood Network to ensure successful a successful transition to school for students and their families. We achieve this by –
- Embracing the belief the 'School needs to get ready for the child' as opposed to the idea that the 'Child needs to be ready for School'.
- Using Transition Statements to inform teacher planning and professional development.
- Planning collaboratively with Kindergarten Teachers to create curriculum and individual plans.
- Use Age Appropriate Pedagogies as our framework for planning instruction.
- Engage play as a teaching strategy. This includes exposing students to our Nature Play and RAMSR (Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation) approaches.
- Employing and Early Years Coach that works across both the school and local Kindergartens.
Evidence Based Practice
- Using the 3A – Abecedarian approach across Kindergarten and School to develop Oral Language.
- Embedding Age Appropriate Pedagogies as our instructional approach which provides flexibility to meet the developmental needs of our students.
- Embracing child development research and acknowledging that Prep is the bridge between Kindergarten and formal schooling.
- School staff and Leadership play an active role in the local Early Years Neighbourhood Network.
- Long range Kindergarten transition programs involving weekly visits to the school commencing in Term 2.
- The school's JumpSTART program orientating students with school from Term 3.
- Invitation to Kindergarten, Prep-Prep and Kindy LinQ students to all major school events.
- School staff (including Teachers, Speech Therapist, Specialist Teachers, Deputy Principals and Principal) regularly visiting local kindergartens.
Our approach has been very successful enhancing oral language development, fostering positive relationships and enhancing engagement for our students. Our work in this area was acknowledged by the school being announced as winners of the Network 10 State Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years.