Do you often worry if your child is ready to start “big school”? Do they already attend but you wonder if they could benefit from a little extra support?
It is now commonly accepted that child happiness and wellbeing is directly linked to their success at school. Grow OT is a local Shire business that specialises in fostering that wellbeing by getting kids to feel positive about school.
Let’s break it down.
What is Grow OT?
Grow OT is run by Occupational Therapist Yasmin and School Wellbeing Teacher Ben. Both have years of experience in the education sector and are passionate about helping kids feel more positively about school and learning.
What are the different classes available?
Grow OT offers classes in School Readiness, Friendship Skills and Social Groups. It’s essential that children know how to create and cultivate healthy relationships with others as this is a great contributor to their happiness at school. Equally, if a child does not feel adequately equipped to deal with the demands of big school, they may struggle.
Grow OT also offers Tutoring, Occupational Therapy and Gross Motor Programs.
What do the classes focus on?
School Readiness classes are suitable for children starting Kindy in 2024. Classes are in groups of up to six children and may be run by Yasmin and Ben together or individually, depending on the skill being taught.
Classes help students feel prepared for “big school” focusing on three main skill areas:
Skill 1 – Preparing: learning to un/pack bags, using a lunchbox, learning to sit still and waiting your turn to speak.
Skill 2 – Fine Motor Skills: writing your name, using scissors, playing games.
Skill 3 – Learning: recognising sounds, verbal comprehension and counting.
Friendship Skills classes are aimed at Kindy-Year 2 (5-7 year olds) or Year 3-6 (8-11 year olds). Classes are held in groups of 4-6 children at a time.
Core skills taught include learning the art of friendship and being able to introduce yourself, having a conversation plan, managing conflict and looking at healthy and unhealthy friendships. This is done through explicit teaching and engaging games.
The Social Groups class is run by Yasmin and focuses on developing planning and organisational skills, working collaboratively with others, social interaction and time management, amongst others.
What is the current availability and what does it cost?
There is availability in the School Readiness class in Term 2. They are held on Fridays at 9.30am-12pm. Cost is $100 per week, there are 6 sessions in total.
There is limited availability in the Friendship Skills class in Term 1. They are held on Wednesdays at Cronulla and Fridays at Sutherland. Kindy class is held at 4-4.45pm and Primary class is at 4.45-5.30pm. Cost is $45 per week and it is an 8 week commitment.
For an even better deal, make sure you reference MOTS – readers can get 25% off Friendship Skills and School Readiness Classes!
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