Rais­ing the bar for kindy ed­u­ca­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News -

THE new Kinder­garten Cur­ricu­lum Guide­lines will pro­vide greater clar­ity for teach­ers, says Cottes­loe Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Gra­ham Dart.

The guide­lines were re­leased last week and will pro­vide a clear set of di­rec­tions to support kinder­garten teach­ers.

Mr Dart said the mile­stone guide­lines would help pre­pare chil­dren for the next years of school and equip them with a cu­rios­ity for learn­ing.

“It pro­vides more clar­ity with­out tak­ing away the flex­i­bil­ity for teach­ers,” Mr Dart said.

“Be­fore this, the ed­u­ca­tion has just been fo­cused on so­cial learn­ing, now there will also be con­tent for teach­ers.

“It will be planned learn­ing through play and will pro­vide more di­rec­tion for teach­ers.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier said teach­ers could ad­just the guide­lines to meet the needs of stu­dents.

“All chil­dren de­velop at dif­fer­ent rates and come to kinder­garten with vastly dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences,” Mr Col­lier said.

The min­is­ter said the School Cur­ricu­lum and Stan­dards Au­thor­ity sought in­put from schools and teach­ers in the de­vel­op­ment of the guide­lines.

The guide­lines would di­rectly help stu­dents tran­si­tion into the com­pul­sory years of school­ing.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d425341

Nico, Har­ri­son and Flynn at play.

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