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    Default 4 year old kinder??

    Just wondering what peoples experience is with 4 year old kindergarten at a stand alone kindergarten or at a long day care which has a registered kindergarten programme? Is one preferable to the other?? Pros and cons??

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    Anyone?

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    We have tried both, and personally I would recommend the stand alone kindergarten for pre-prep. Of course it depends on your child and your working circumstances (eg if you need long day-care) but a stand alone kindergarten offers a program tailored to the pre-prep age group. There are no babies and toddlers crying while you drop off your pre-schooler so the atmosphere is lovely. The equipment is also a bit more interesting because it can be tailored to older children. All the children are in the same age group and the classmates and teacher are the same each day so it is much more like school. Our kids attended a C&K kindy (Wynnum Manly Community Kindergarten) and I can't speak highly enough of the program. Good luck with your search.

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    It depends what you want. A big part of early childhood education is the teachers. Many sessional teachers are mature which can be good and bad. Just remember that children learn through play and there was a huge shift in the 80's to use this time for formal lessons. There is no need to do a letter each week or whatever. A good teacher will incorporate literacy etc into the program and the children will respond to it.
    There are a lot of great kindergarten teachers who work in long day care because it is actually hard to get a job in a sessional centre when you are younger.

    Just look at the program, are they responding to the interests of the children or just going with a teacher led program?

    Hope that helps and in the end go with your gut feeling


 

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