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For many children, kindergarten can be their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in school.

This environment helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others. In order to learn, a young child needs to feel cared for and secure. A child is able to spend time away from parents and build trusting relationships with adults outside the family. High-quality early childhood programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers and parents. And teachers build a close personal connection with each child in their care.

Young children learn social skills and emotional self-control in ‘real-time’. Three, four and five-year-olds learn through their experiences and good teachers make time for those ‘teachable moments’ when they can help children learn to manage their emotions. They don’t automatically step in to resolve children’s conflicts for them; they have a good sense of when to let children work out their own problems and when to intervene.

Children’s sense of competence and self-worth grows as they learn to take care of themselves and help others. Teachers appeal to a young child’s desire to engage in responsibility by offering them opportunities to help in the classroom, for example, watering the plants.

Children are expected to wash their hands before morning snack, keep personal belongings in their locker, and pack away. Throughout their school years, much of children’s learning will take place in the company of their peers. In a high-quality early childhood program, children are introduced to the behaviours required to participate successfully in a classroom.

It has been a pleasure to watch this group of children, families and teachers grow and develop as the year has progressed. We have formed some very strong connections with each other, which is the starting point in order to be able to get the most out of your children.


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