Enrolling your son in Pre-Kindergarten is a big decision, and one that requires due consideration. Is it too soon? How do you know if your son is ready? Will it be beneficial? The list of questions is endless.
Assuming your son is ready, there are many benefits of Pre-Kindergarten.
1. Research shows that participating in a quality Pre-Kindergarten programme can significantly increase positive education and life outcomes for children.
2. The long-lasting benefits of Pre-Kindergarten can be seen in assessment results for Year 3 students, where children who attended Pre-Kindergarten obtain consistently better results in all areas.
3. Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data demonstrates that children who attend Pre-Kindergarten are also less likely to be developmentally vulnerable on arrival at school.
4. A landmark UK study showed that students who attended two to three years of Pre-Kindergarten obtained higher overall scores in their end-of-school exams, better grades in English and Maths, and took final year exams in more subjects.
5. Analysis of international test results (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study - PIRLS and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study - TIMSS) show that children with at least two years of Pre-Kindergarten achieve much higher scores than those who did not attend Pre-Kindergarten.
6. The Abbott Pre-Kindergarten programme in New Jersey, which provides two years of high quality Pre-Kindergarten programmes to all children in priority communities, found much greater benefits for the children who attended from age three.
7. The Pre-Kindergarten year/s teach boys how to learn and prepares them for the school environment for an easy, less stressful transition to school. In particular, it gives the boys time to:
- learn about School expectations, routines and daily transitions
- develop self-help skills and independence
- develop social skills and relationships with peers and staff
- explore the School environment and know where things are
- meet and interact with boys in other year groups
- learn what it means to be a Trinity boy
- learn how to wear the uniform
- learn through play!
- Pre-Kindergarten is a very important year for parents too. It provides parents the opportunity to develop relationships with other parents early, and develop a social network and informal support system where, together they will share in the wonderful experiences that await their boys as they move through the School.
If you are considering a private education for your son, the article Why a private education matters in the early years may offer some insights to help in the decision making process. Pre-Kindergarten at Trinity is a unique educational choice that makes a positive difference. Trinity boys transition into their Kindergarten year with the confidence, knowledge and understanding that only Pre-Kindergarten can provide.
For over a hundred years Trinity Grammar School has educated boys in mind, body and spirit. Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we aim to know, understand and nurture every student to help them realise their potential, passions and purpose in life.
To find out why we are one of Sydney’s leading schools for boys and to learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten programme, download our Pre-Kindergarten prospectus.