1. Who teaches Prep?
Registered primary school teachers and current state preschool teachers teach Prep. With their professional knowledge and expertise, these teachers are ideally placed to deliver the Prep curriculum.
Prep uses the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines (EYCG). The guidelines are based on active learning, which includes inquiry and play. In Prep, children:
More information about the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines is available at the Queensland Studies Authority .
An old adage states: 'tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand'. The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning where children and teachers work together to explore, observe, ask questions, discuss observations and seek answers about everyday experiences.
By selecting topics to study that interest them, children build on what they already know and do. Answers are discovered by exploring resources such as books, and the Internet and talking to visitors to the school. Children are encouraged to think about what they have learnt and how best to communicate their findings.
When children play, they make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking skills, collaborate, communicate and develop a positive sense of self.
There are many different types of play and these change as children grow older. In Prep, children participate in fantasy, exploratory, directed, educational and free play, as well as physical play and games with rules.
It also means that children will play in different ways at different times of the school day. Play can occur indoors and outdoors. What children learn during play will depend on the questions they pose and the way that they investigate. In this way, play develops social and personal learning, language and communication, early mathematical understanding, health and physical ability and active thinking processes.
The Prep curriculum provides scope for teachers to address the specific learning needs of children in their classes. Those children who show an interest in and a readiness for early reading and writing are supported.
Prep is designed to provide the foundation that children need to succeed at school by developing:
The Prep classroom is a fun and exciting place for children to learn and generally consists of an open space for group and individual activities with a carpeted area for story telling and singing, and a wet area for painting and construction. The classroom also includes a kitchen and preparation area and access to an outdoor learning space.