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THE HEAD START PROGRAMME
In 2008, Henderson Valley School introduced a Head Start Programme designed to give children the best possible transition from pre-school to school.
Children's readiness for formal learning is developed through a comprehensive literacy and numeracy programme, and a range of developmental play activities such as playdough, sand and puzzles. These activities enable children to develop relationships with others, to be involved in problem solving and turn taking, and improve language acquisition.The play activities are planned by the teacher to focus on specific skills.
As all five-year olds are at different developmental stages, individual needs are catered for by varying the amount of time each child spends in this class. Children will be assessed against social, reading, writing and maths guidelines.
When children have demonstrated they have acquired most of the skills, they will transfer to a Year One class where they will stay for the rest of the year.
An integral part of the success of the Head Start is the importance of prior visits. These visits have been carefully planned to give maximum encouragement to children and give our littlies and their parents an opportunity to get to know the school and the teacher