How is Prep Different to Kindy?

By July 13, 2015L2, Prep, School
Brisbane speech pathology prep readiness

The school environment is different to childcare in the sense that there is much greater expectation on your child. Your child is now expected to do more independently and to show their ability without assistance.

Language Concepts

A Prep aged child should understand language concepts like ‘before’ ‘after’ ‘first’ ‘last’ and so on. This is vital for being able to interpret and follow instructions from teachers. Can they be clearly understood by strangers?

Narrative Skills

Your child should be able to tell a coherent story about an event in the past with a beginning, middle, end and a cohesive theme. “Yesterday we went to the shops. My brother fell down and daddy laughed.”


Early Literacy

Your child should know what sounds letters make. Can they tell you the first sound in ‘cat’ is a /k/ sound?


Social Skills

Your child should at least be beginning to share with others, verbally initiate play with others and ask adults appropriately for things. Do they use their words when upset to tell you what’s wrong and how to fix it? Can you verbally negotiate with them? Can they ask for help appropriately before getting too upset?

What Can You Do?

First, if you suspect that your child may be having problems in any of the areas above, act now. We can’t stress this enough. 6 months is a lot of time, if you use it wisely. Please don’t wait till October or November. Talk to us now and sort it out. Often we can advise you on what you can do at home to fix things without the need for further therapy. We also excel at teaching and showing childcare educators how to help.

Author Gam

Gam loves using his skills as a speech therapist to help school-age kids with literacy difficulties (reading, comprehension, sound awareness, the whole bag!) and as a person who used to have a stutter as a child, is interested in stuttering as well. With lots of experience as a speech pathologist working with people with autism and a patient, flexible, client-directed style, Gam is good at making speech therapy fun and not ‘work’. Gam is also the author of a journal article, published in Cortex, Impaired semantic inhibition during lexical ambiguity repetition in Parkinson’s disease. Gam is a registered provider under the FaHCSIA Helping Children with Autism and Better Start programmes. When he isn’t doing something more fun, like therapy, he’s also the director of ChatBox (Brisbane Speech Pathology).

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