EVERY Tuesday and Thursday, Bowen Road Primary School hosts a fun and educational program with various activities for little learners.
Held weekly between 9am and 11am, Launching into Learning (LiL) is designed for children to develop early learning skills.
LiL coordinator Tracey Williams said the free program connected the community with their local primary school.
“We have found that families who attend LiL, including pre-kindergarten, settle into school life more easily,” she said.
“They are familiar with the school, the teachers, the routines and expectations and the children who attend have developed important skills which provide a solid foundation for their future schooling.”
Ms Williams said it was also important for parents and children to meet “like-minded families.”
“Many of the school’s population don’t speak English and are new to the area, so programs like LiL can help families feel connected to their local school,” she said.
“It creates a solid educational foundation for the children, which also develops their English and provides a supportive and social environment for families, parents and carers.”
Sophie England’s daughter Aaliyah, aged three, has attended sessions for more than two years.
“I’ve been bringing Aaliyah since she was six weeks old because it seemed like a good way for her to socialize and meet new people,” Ms England said.
“It benefits her greatly with her confidence and communication, as well as teaching her to share with other children.”
This school term, LiL will focus on learning about the local community and people who work in it.
Caption: Launching into Learning coordinator Tracey Williams (far right) with parents and children of Bowen Road Primary School.