Graduation from Kindergarten is a very special event in our children’s lives.
The dictionary defines “graduation” as the act of receiving a degree or diploma after engaging in a period of study.
Although it may seem like fun and games, Kindergarten children have, without a doubt, been deeply immersed in a challenging period of learning. According to the Queensland Government’s “The Early Years Count” website, 90 per cent of a child’s brain development takes place in the first five years, and by the age of three, a child’s brain has more synapses (connections) than at any other time in their life. Brain development in the early years builds the foundations for all future brain development in a person’s life, which is why, “a quality early childhood and care service helps kids develop and build important skills.”
Through play, our children have explored and learned about the world around them. Over the course of their pre-school years, they have grown in every possible way - not just physically, but in all areas of development. What they have learned in this time, about themselves, about others, about how things work, why things happen, how to solve problems and work together, is amazing! We have witnessed and supported this transformation, and we are incredibly proud of each and every one of our Kindergarten graduates.
Achievement of this magnitude absolutely deserves to be celebrated! We want our children and their parents to know that their time in pre-school was precious, and that every second of it was valuable, so we offer them this special opportunity to celebrate the closing of their Kindergarten years and the beginning of new experiences to come. The children will be moving on to new discoveries and accomplishments, but they will take with them, and build on, the rich experiences that we shared, and that is worthy of celebration.
We know it is vitally important that significant transitions are acknowledged and celebrated with our children. It is even more important that we do it in a way that is meaningful for them, so they are consulted on the graduation events and involved in every step of the preparations.
This year, our Kindergarten children commemorated this milestone accomplishment with family and at a special Graduation event, followed by a disco. They enjoyed the ceremony where they received their graduation certificates and sang their graduation song, “Colours of Australia.” After the ceremony they cut their special Graduation Cake, showed off their moves on the dance floor at the disco, and shared some delicious food while socialising with friends and family. Photos were taken, and precious memories were made that will last a lifetime. Congratulations, Kindy!
Would you like to know more about why “The Early Years Count” and what you can do to support your child’s learning and development journey during this vital period of their lives? Check out these great resources:
Sign up for The Early Years Count Newsletter for great information, ideas and tips to make the most of the pre-school years.
Learn about Play Stars, a Queensland Government initiative providing every family, with a child under one, with a free 12-month family membership to Playgroup Queensland.
Learn about First 5 Forever, a family literacy program developed by State Library Queensland, for 0-5 year old children before they start kindergarten and school.
Triple your positive parenting skills through the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)
Use StartingBlocks to find an approved and quality-rated Kindergarten for your child
Contact us at Skippy’s Early Learning Centres to discuss your individual needs and get one-on-one advice from our qualified and experiences Early Childhood Educators.