School readiness program for migrant families

CUMBERLAND Council, in collaboration with the Samah Project, is introducing a school readiness program designed for children aged four years and above.

School readiness is not just about holding a pencil and writing your name.
It encompasses the wide range of skills and knowledge that provide a strong foundation for future progress and achievement in the school years and beyond.
Program facilitator, Samah Project’s Eman Serhan says the sessions focus on imparting essential skills such as alphabet recognition, fundamental phonetic sounds, numerical understanding and fostering independence, all achieved through playful learning.
“Parents will attend the classes with their children as the program will outline ‘school readiness’ and what is expected in a way that migrant parents may not understand,” she said.
“We will be explaining the routines of school as well as the importance of self-care skills such as opening a lunchbox, putting on school shoes, using the toilet independently and building on the child’s attention span, concentration and listening skills.
“We will also explain to parents to how to ask for specific support at school if their child is in need of it.”
Classes will be held at Berala Community Centre every Tuesday for eight consecutive weeks from February 6.
Ensure your child and yourself are wearing comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes and bring water bottles.
Spaces are limited, with bookings essential at or