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4+ Years Preschool Program

Transitioning to School

Many parents are interested in the skills that children need prior to starting school. Traditionally, the skills required were reading and writing; now schools prefer to teach this once children start school. The NSW Department of Education has developed a list of skills that may make starting school a bit easier.

Our program allows children to develop these skills, by exploring topics that interest them.

Please don’t hesitate to talk to our staff if you have any questions.

Personal/Social Skills:

  • Adapts to unfamiliar settings and new experiences

  • Can say own name and address

  • Can finish a task and tidies up afterwards

  • Uses the toilet independently

  • Plays co-operatively with other children – shares and takes turns

  • Can sit and listen to a story for a few minutes

  • Is curious about the world

  • Can share an adult’s attention with several children

  • Participates in imagination play


  • Talks to other people about familiar objects and events

  • Answers and asks simple questions

  • Makes needs known

  • Follows simple instructions

  • Uses books for enjoyment or looking at pictures

  • Identifies pictures in books, magazines, on television or video

  • Uses a variety of things (pens, pencils, textas, paint brushes) to draw, to scribble or to write

  • Joins in singing familiar songs

Physical Skills

  • Uses scissors to cut along a straight line

  • Enjoys a variety of indoor and outdoor play

  • Can put on and take off jumpers, shoes and socks independently

  • Makes and designs things using a variety of materials

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Mathematical Skills

  • Recognised that numbers can be used to count

  • Uses words like ‘many’, ‘a lot’, ‘more’ and ‘less’

  • Identifies things in a group that are different

  • Sees differences in shapes

  • Differentiates between opposites, such as up and down, under and over, in front and behind, night and day

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Cressy Road Early Learning is a privately owned, family run centre, with a strong commitment to participative, consultative and collaborative management.