Junior Joeys

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


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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.

Learning opportunities include:

Introduction to the school setting and familiarisation with school routines and environments by :

Exposure to social interactions with:

  • Other preschool aged children;

  • Older students through our Better Buddies program.

On going development of :

  • Play using a variety of resources;

  • Skills using scissors, pencils and other mediums, through art and crafts activities;

  • Group activities playing games;

  • Participation in music and dance activities;

  • A range of gross motor and outdoor skills.

Exposure to activities involving:

  • Literacy skills such as storytelling, and sequencing;

  • Numeracy concepts such as numbers, matching, sorting and shapes;

  • Learning technologies such as interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads;

  • Themed and dress up 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 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, 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 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 (ie collect glue,scissors,pencils) and pack 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.


Testimonials from parents

What do you think your child gained from the program?

  • “Definitely meeting some friends that will be in the same class; more interaction and being socially prepared for school. Knows what to expect when starts school, not so daunting.”

  • “I think she will now feel a lot safer starting school next year after spending so much time there already and learning about what kind of things she will be doing.”

  •  “A thirst to learn more.”“Confidence, friendships and an understanding of the school rules, systems and expectations.”

  •  “His writing has already improved and he is excited to start school.”

  •  “I think he is following directions better, his writing (tracing) is improving. He is very excited about starting school now.”

  •  “Ready for Big School now!”