Kangaroo Group

3.5 years to 5 years

Kangaroo Room – Room Routine

6.30am – 8.30am Centre opens. All ages combined indoor / outdoor play
8.30am – 9.40am Possums and Koalas separate to own playground
9.40am – 9.45am Kangaroo playground to be tidy, wash hands for morning tea
9.45am – 10.00am Morning Tea
10.00am – 10.15am Group Time – flash cards, choosing activities, show and tell
10.15m – 11.45am Inside Play – planned and spontaneous activities
11.45am – 12.00pm Pack up
12.00am – 12.15am Group Time – Music, Transition to lunch
12.15pm – 12.45pm Lunch Time
12.45pm – 2.00pm Rest Time
2.00pm – 2.30pm Quiet activities
2.30pm – 2.40pm Group Time – Story Time, Sunscreen, Transition to afternoon tea
2.40pm – 3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.00pm – 5.00pm Outside play
5.00pm – 5.30pm All children combine in Kangaroo playground
5.30pm – 6.30pm Inside play, children combined
6.30pm Centre closed

This is only a guide and is flexible to children’s needs and interests.

Kangaroo Room – Short Term Goals

Term 1

  • To encourage children to use the toilet independently
  • To teach children about personal hygiene
  • To teach children to respect their friends, teachers and toys
  • To assist children to separate from parents easily
  • To ensure children are happy
  • To recognize their own name in written form
  • To learn honesty and good manners when appropriate

Term 2

  • To recognize their own belongings and be responsible for them
  • To use manners without prompting
  • To encourage children to choose activities of their own choice
  • To use language to express needs and wants
  • To participate in whole group activities
  • To be familiar with room routine and the rules of our room
  • Name art work with premade written labels
  • Look after our resources and return them to their correct places

Term 3

  • To develop friendship with children
  • To be able to name friends and classmates
  • To recognize basic concepts
  • To write their name on their own art work
  • To display caring attitudes to friends and peers
  • To develop the self confidence needed to attempt new skills
  • To be able to interact positively with other people

Term 4

  • To encourage children to write their own names
  • To recognize left from right
  • To be able to put shoes and socks on their correct feet
  • To spend time focused on activities to develop concentration and attention span
  • To display school readiness skills, sounds, letters, number recognition
  • To have adequate fine motor control to use pencils and scissors
  • To be able to look forward to the idea of starting school

Kangaroo Room – Long Term Goals


  • Name the days of the week
  • Retell stories or events
  • Follow three step directions
  • Recognize shapes
  • Recognize and name colours
  • Can count to 20+
  • Recognize numbers to twenty
  • Recognize own name and can tell full name on request
  • Point to and name body parts
  • Remember words to songs and finger plays
  • Match pictures
  • Classify objects by size, shape and colour
  • Complete puzzles
  • Can tell address
  • Can make patterns with blocks or beads

Emotional and Social

  • Will participate in 10 minute carpet time
  • Respect other people and their property
  • Develop a sense of fairness
  • Will develop and follow class “rules”  and guidelines
  • Greet adults and friends
  • Learn to express feelings through language
  • Show affection
  • Prefer to play with friends rather than engage  in solitary play all the time
  • Share toys and resources with others
  • Engage in dramatic play with roles
  • Have the skills to communicate needs to teachers and friends
  • Help at tidy up time
  • Actively care about their classmates

Fine Motor

  • Drawing – can hold drawing materials in tri pod grip, objects, people and basic shapes
  • Painting – some wrist action in painting and can grip apparatus using, thumb, fingers and palm
  • Threading – objects onto string
  • Cutting – along straight and curved lines
  • Turn pages of a book
  • Develop hand-eye coordination through digging, pouring, carrying, pick up objects and manipulating play dough
  • Can increase sensory abilities through various textures
  • Hand dominance is fairly well established
  • Build structures from models

Gross Motor

  • Walk backwards, heel to toe
  • Walk along balance beam
  • Skip using alternative feet
  • Catch a ball with hands
  • Jump from small height
  • Jump forwards and backwards
  • Climb ladders and A frames
  • Hop on one foot
  • Kick a ball
  • Bounce and catch big ball


  • Increase vocabulary – 1500 words or more
  • Tell a familiar story while looking at pictures in a book
  • Defines simple words by function
  • Recognize the humour in simple jokes
  • Produce sentences with 5 to 7 words
  • State the name of own town, birthday and parents name
  • Answer telephone appropriately
  • Use would and could appropriately
  • Use please and thank you
  • Use past tense of irregular verbs consistently
  • Use past tense inflection to make regular verbs

Self Help Skills

  • Can make choices
  • Care for and identify belongings
  • Pack away and use equipment appropriately
  • Take responsibility for own toileting
  • Attempt personal grooming skills
  • Dress self completely

Assert themselves (seek assistance or help others)