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KindiLink

KindiLink is a play-and-learn initiative for Aboriginal three year old children who attend with a parent/carer.

Our three year old KindiLink playgroup is all about fun and play. Our relaxed and social sessions provide hands on activities and experiences that are oral language rich and can boost learning to carry on at home with families. Children and their families can participate in many activities including; story and song time, craft, cooking, shared fruit, indoor and outdoor play, learning games, incursions and excursions.  Families are encourage to contribute to the running and planning of sessions, as we like to recognise that they are their child’s first and most influential teachers. We like the children and families to feel welcome and to forge friendships with school staff as well as other families. All areas of child development are strengthened by participating in our program which will ensure a smoother transition into Kindergarten.

KindiLink sessions are run at East Kalgoorlie Primary School each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:30am to 11:30am in our Family Central building.  Transport is available upon request.  Please phone the school office on 9021 2542 to arrange.

How is KindiLink different to Kindergarten?
KindiLink is for three year olds attending with a parent/carer and only at the selected KindiLink schools. KindiLink is in addition to Kindergarten at the selected KindiLink schools. Kindergarten is for all four year olds, who attend without a parent/carer and is available in all primary schools across the State.

What does KindiLink provide?
KindiLink provides six hours a week of high quality play-and-learn sessions for children and their parent/carer at participating schools, at no cost to families.  Parents are supported to be actively involved in the play-and-learn activities with their children.

What is KindiLink seeking to achieve?
KindiLink aims to boost children’s learning in the year before they start Kindergarten and to forge strong and supportive links between home and school.  The teachers and assistants who plan and deliver the sessions work alongside families to help them prepare their own children for success at school.  KindiLink focuses on developing the social, emotional, language and cognitive capabilities of Aboriginal children.

Who can participate in KindiLink?
KindiLink is for Aboriginal children in the year prior to them being eligible to attend Kindergarten.  Where capacity exists, younger siblings may also attend.  Children and families from outside a KindiLink school’s catchment area are welcome to participate in KindiLink.  Where capacity also exists, and with support from attending families and the local community, non-Aboriginal children and parent/carers may be invited to participate.

Why focus on Aboriginal children?
The 2015 Australian Early Development Census found that many Aboriginal children in Western Australia were doing well but it also found that 47.5% of Aboriginal children were vulnerable on one or more developmental domains compared with 19.5% of non-Aboriginal children and higher than the national average of 42%. NAPLAN 2015 data indicated that only 66% of Year 3 Aboriginal students in Western Australian public schools met the national minimum standard for reading compared with over 95% of non-Aboriginal students.

Who runs KindiLink sessions?
The sessions are planned and delivered by early childhood teachers and Aboriginal and Islander education officers using evidence-based programs and practices, including the Early Years Learning Framework.