Kindergarten is an important first step for children into the wider social and educational world. The State Government provides a subsidy for children to attend kindergarten the year prior to starting primary school.
The City has the largest number of preschoolers of any municipality in Australia. Casey has 44 kindergartens, with 39 run by Council and 5 operating independently under committees of management.
Kindergarten is an important year for every child, it is the foundation stone, upon which formal education will later rest. The kindergarten year occurs at a time when children have achieved a level of mastery in language, co-ordination and social skills along with thinking and logical reasoning. It is the perfect timing for exploration, and investigation, and the learning of life skills through trial and error.
Kindergarten helps to prepare children for life in the everyday world, by encouraging the development of, listening to one another, speaking, allowing others to speak and share ideas, respect for one another and the world around them, turn taking, patience, seeing themselves as one of a larger group, curiosity, and a love of learning and finding out.
Council's aim at kindergarten is for children to learn about themselves, who they are and what they can achieve, and to like the individual that they are. Kindergarten encourages self confidence, self reliance and resourcefulness through play and gives children the skills and processes to cope with and solve situations that occur at home or later at school.
Kindergarten is a special year that gives children the opportunity to just 'BE', to think of ideas, try them out, and discover feelings of self satisfaction and the joy of success.