A session at Wombats Playschool

Playschools are specifically designed for 3 and 4 year old children, to prepare them for preschool. Wombats Playschool is a structured program, run by a trained teacher, which focuses on the needs of the children. The children participate in a variety of activities, which encourage them to form relationships with their peers, interact together and develop skills to build on once they begin more formal school.  Some of these activities include singing games, craft, painting, play dough, outdoor play, physical activities, language activities, numeracy games, free play and experiences in a large group.

Our current program for 2017 consists of the following:

Blue Wombats: Monday and Wednesday 9.15am – 1.45pm

Red Wombats: Tuesday and Thursday 9.15am – 1.45pm

Green Wombats: Fridays 9.15am – 1.45pm

We do follow a timetable so children can feel secure in knowing the routine, yet it is flexible so that we can take advantage of weather and experiences that interest the children.

Our days in 2017 run as follows:

9.15 – 9.30 – Arrival of children

9.30 – 9.45 – Welcome/Mat Time

9.45 – 10.30 - Inside Activities

10.30 - 10.45 - Fruit Break

10.45 - 11.15 Resume Inside Activities

11.15 - 11.30 Group Time/Music & Movement

11.30 - 12.30 - Outside Activities

12.30 - 12.40 - Group Activity

12.40 - 1.10 - Lunch Time

1.10 - 1.20 - Relaxation/Meditation/Yoga

1.20 - 1.30 - Story Time

1.30 - 1.45 - Group Time/Farwell

Please note:

Inside play includes, but is not limited to

  • Puzzles, books, big blocks and lego table (with duplo);
  • Home corner – dress ups, cooking, shops, café, post office;
  • Tactile activities – playdough, slime, finger painting etc;
  • Craft activities – threading, painting, drawing, gluing, box construction, themed craft activity (ie. for Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas) etc;
  • Construction toys – lego, mobilo, k’nex, gears and wheels, magnets, marble track etc;
  • Imaginary play – dinosaurs, cars and track, trains, wooden blocks, Little People, dolls house etc;
  • Fine motor table activities – threading, peg art, hammering cork shapes etc;
  • Drawing – with pencils, crayons, textas etc;
  • Games – picture bingo; matching games, memory etc;
  • Other table activities – fuzzy felts, magnets etc;
  • Science/Discovery table – birds, the ocean, silkworms, magnets etc;

Special activities/projects – cooking, larger scale construction (ie. papier machie), making bird feeders etc.

These inside activities allow for both structured activities and free-play to suit the child’s individual needs and interests.

Outside play includes, but is not limited to:

  • Playground;
  • Swings;
  • Sandpit (with trucks, diggers, rollers, shovels, bowls, pots, pans and outside oven);
  • Gross motor activities – bikes and scooters, obstacle course, tennis, basketball, soccer, golf, cricket etc;
  • Art activities – painting using different paints, mediums, materials, brushes, hands, paper machie;
  • Tactile activities – seeds and funnels, shovels, water and water wheels, slime etc;
  • Quiet outside activities – farm animals, dinosaurs, superheroes, small cars and track, books;

Imaginary play – cubby house (made out of A-frames and blankets), tents, steering wheel with chairs to make car or bus, blocks for constructing buildings; hobby horses, hats, etc.

These inside activities allow for both structured activities and free-play to suit the child’s individual needs and interests.

Group time includes, but is not limited to:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Language
  • Songs
  • Stories
  • Show and Tell
  • Mystery Box
  • Guest Speakers

The following in an overview of the teaching program and is subject to change.

March

  • Help with separation from parents
  • Basic/simple activities
  • Helping children learn the routine and basic rules of Wombats
  • Begin body awareness

April

  • Begin Easter activities
  • Getting to know the group – names, faces, etc
  • More body awareness

May

  • Start scissors work – free cutting
  • Begin harder puzzles (6-8 pieces)
  • Mothers Day craft

June

  • Begin colour work – red, blue, yellow, green

July

  • Begin Show and Tell
  • Begin cutting straight lines
  • Use pencils and markers more
  • Fine motor skills – more threading, etc

August

  • Gross motor skills – work in hopping, jumping, skipping, sliding, throwing, balancing, walking backwards

September

  • Begin counting and number work (1-5)
  • Longer stories – develop attention span and listening skills
  • Fathers Day craft

October

  • Working on shapes and matching skills
  • Sorting and classifying
  • Begin writing names – using dots

November

  • Working on social skills
  • Group projects, etc
  • Table games – working together

December

  • Christmas activities and clean-up
  • Small Christmas concert
  • Final evaluation and check-list update