LBLC have a strong transition to school programme and policy to support our children and families while they get ready to begin a new stage in their education journey. Helping children to have positive and rewarding experiences as they move from early childhood education to school sets them confidently on a pathway to continuous learning. Early Literacy Panel Report (NELP 2009) states that there is strong evidence on the importance of eleven aspects of literacy learning in early childhood. Of these the most significant are:
Alphabet knowledge and phonological awareness are needed for decoding and encoding (reading and spelling), while vocabulary is needed for comprehension. We believe that all children need to be given opportunity to learn basic literacy and numeracy skills, especially in their last six months at the early childhood centre. They should not have to wait until they go to school to learn skills that they are naturally drawn to acquire.