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0:02 Great kindy can make such a difference to the child’s education. I’ve seen the
0:08 benefits in my own children and my grandchildren, their confidence their
0:11 social interaction their communication skills.
0:14 It’s so great when you look at them and see the change.
0:17 So when she first went there, she was shy, by the second or third day she was right into it
0:22 the educators made her feel comfortable,
0:24 she made friends easily, and now I can’t stop her from talking.
0:28 They seem to come out of the shell more and they were able to participate more
0:32 and not be isolated.
0:34 If I would have kept them at home they would have been isolated.
0:37 It’s a safe environment, a happy environment, you can see that with my
0:41 daughter that I encourage her to be herself and to push herself.
0:45 It also teaches here the basics maths, science and with reading.
0:52 Most kindies are really trying hard to improve the way that they engage
0:55 with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and children one is employing more
0:59 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, having more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
1:02 cultural activities in the center. With the kindy subsidies, all Aboriginal
1:06 and Torres Strait Islander children attract the subsidy some kindies can actually be
1:09 a hundred percent subsidized. She’s more confident in herself,
1:13 she likes to do more stuff, drawing, reading. You ought to encourage all parents to head
1:20 down to their local kindy, have a talk to the educators and get on to the website
1:23 and have a look.
1:24 There’s a lot of information out there. A parent can teach a child so much, kindy
1:29 can teach that little bit extra, and together it really works well.
We all know that parents have an important part to play in the education of little ones. Cairns community member Ray Sambo spoke to parents and carers in Far North Queensland to discover more about their experiences of kindergarten and early years education.
Parents talked to Ray about their little ones who have attended or are attending kindy now, and how their lives have been touched by the experience. They talked about the benefits of play-based learning at kindy, how it helps prepare kids for school and how their children have built resilience and confidence through attending kindy.
Lisa’s little boy attended kindy last year and said he really enjoyed all the different activities available. ‘The play-based activities are fantastic, and all the arts and crafts,’ she said.
Renee’s little girl is currently attending kindy in Cairns, she said it was a safe and happy environment. ‘It encourages my daughter to be herself and to push herself, and the teachers encourage it too,’ she said.
Linda said she thought kindy helped her little girl with transitioning to school. ‘Going to kindy helped her in going to Prep. Things like reading, writing and listening to the teacher,’ Linda said.
Scott’s little boy loved kindy so much, he wanted to go every day! ‘He loves kindy, he wanted to come on his days off. He is always saying “kindy today, kindy today”,’ said Scott.
You can hear more from parents in Far North Queensland by viewing the latest videos on the Department of Education’s YouTube Channel.