Parklands' unique kindergarten program is governed by Montessori principles and practices for three and four year olds. Children may start when they turn three and continue into the two year programme as four year olds.
Kindergarten at Parklands encourages children to be responsible for their own learning and to seek help from one another as well as from adults. Montessori practical life activities channel each child's natural enthusiasm and curiosity into real life skills to encourage independence and responsibility.
Through a balance of freedom and discipline, children develop respect for themselves, others and the community. Over time a cheerful, cohesive community emerges in the classroom. Each child follows his or her interest and works at his or her own pace free from competition, compulsion and grading. Self-discipline, respect, patience, persistence and concentration - vital lifelong dispositions - develop as a result and prepare children well for the new school environments they encounter when they move into Pre Primary.
Pre-Kindergarten (PK - 3 Year Old)
All PK children will attend a Wednesday morning session from 8.45am to 11.45am.
One other 8.45am to 11.45am session will be allocated to each child. These will be mixed sessions comprising 12 K and 4 PK children.
Kindergarten (K - 4 Year Old)
The children will be divided into two groups with one attending full day sessions on Mondays and Thursdays and the other on Tuesdays and Fridays.
These full day session run from 8.45am to 3:10pm.
Both groups will attend an afternoon session on Wednesdays from 12.30pm to 3:10pm.