Junior Joey's


Junior Joeys is a free Kindergarten transition program for children getting ready for big school.

Our Goal: To provide an opportunity for children getting ready for big school to interact in a variety of social and educational experiences in a structured and fun learning environment.

Junior Joeys offers a variety of learning opportunities through the early introduction to the school setting and familiarisation with school routines and environments. This is achieved through:

  • Exposure to social interactions with other preschool-aged children and older students through our Better Buddies program. 
  • Ongoing development of fine motor skills through art and crafts activities, group activities playing games, participation in music and dance activities and a range of gross motor and outdoor skills.
  • Exposure to literacy skills such as storytelling and sequencing; numeracy concepts such as numbers, matching, sorting and shapes; learning technologies such as interactive whiteboards and iPads; themed days that encourage creative and imaginative play; science-based activities that encourage inquiry learning and creative thinking.

The Learning Intentions of Junior Joeys


  • To develop numeracy skills in counting from 1 to 1 up to 20
  • To recognise numerals in the environment
  • To recognise and count groups of objects
  • To organise objects into categories
  • To create simple patterns
  • Be able to understand simple positional language.


  • To recognise and write their own name
  • To recognise some letters in print
  • To understand simple book conventions - title, author, illustrator, the beginning of reading/writing
  • To recount a simple story in a sequence
  • Tells a story based on pictures
  • Gives a short speech to the group with the use of prompts.

School Readiness

  • Develop an understanding of the 5 L's of listening
  • Develop an understanding of the feeling thermometer and how to solve problems in appropriate ways
  • Learn about the areas that are in bounds and out of bounds in the school
  • Following 2 and 3 step instructions
  • Organise equipment in the classroom and pack it away after use
  • Take turns in games and in classroom activities
  • How do we move around the school.

Motor Skills

  • Use scissors correctly to cut around an object
  • Develop a dynamic static pencil grip
  • Develop basic ball skills
  • Jump and hop in games
  • Develop balance
  • Develop confidence in using playground equipment.


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