BCC Beginners

Prepare your 4-year-old for school

Our four-year old BCC Beginners program is a great place to start school! It’s a fun, creative play space full of learning and exploration.

This one year program is based within the College environment and introduces children to staff, facilities and College routines, preparing them for an easy and gentle transition to Kindergarten.

BCC Beginners gives your child a taste of College life the year before Kindergarten

Hear from our Head of Primary, Mrs Leoni McNeill

The aim of our BCC Beginners program is to help nurture each child in their learning in all areas and to help them to feel comfortable, while encouraging them to be adventurous as they explore their environment. Our desire is that children feel loved, safe and in a constant state of awe and wonder about the world they live in. It’s a great place to learn and explore, and of course most importantly have fun! 

A window into BCC Beginners

BCC Beginners takes place in purpose-built rooms that are safe and well-resourced, with age-appropriate facilities and materials.

BCC Beginners is a creative, explorative curriculum that helps support the social, spiritual, emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child. Children are immersed in a literacy and numeracy rich program to best prepare each child for the transition to Kindergarten.

Hear from our parents:

We have watched our son grow in confidence and school readiness due to his attendance at BCC. We can clearly see that this year is the foundation for his Kindergarten experience. We are so excited about our son’s school future now!

Big school is no longer the unknown. What a fabulous introduction to Belmont Christian College!

It is such a warm and comfortable setting, yet right on the College grounds! He has grown in confidence, and is so excited about big school.

The program is a gentle and nurturing environment that carefully encourages the growth necessary for Kindergarten.

Why Pre-Kinder?

BCC Beginners is all about laying down the emotional, social and spiritual learning foundations to ensure that when your child reaches Kindergarten, they are confident, happy and ready to thrive.

The BCC Beginners program involves using a range of age-appropriate methods, including games, story time, discussion, music and working in larger and smaller groups, to get them ready and excited for that moment they do start school.

Independence

Literacy

Mathematics

Communication

Fine Motor Control

Meet our BCC Beginners teachers

Mrs Tralee McNamara

BCC Beginners Coordinator

Bachelor of Teaching – Primary
Diploma in Early Childhood

Miss Sophie Gialouris

BCC Beginners Teaching Aide

Certificate III in Early Childhood

 

From our College Principal, Ms. Sharon Sopher

It is my privilege to welcome you and your family to Belmont Christian College.

Under God, our College exists to support you, as parents, in the education of your children.

As College Principal, I recognise that starting BCC Beginners is a new adventure, not only for your child, but for Mum and Dad too. We are so thankful that you are here.

Please know that our prayerful commitment is that your child will be loved and known by name. As a College, we are here for every single learner, and that includes your precious little one.

BCC Beginners will be filled with many wonderful memories and learning experiences that will form a strong foundation for the years ahead. We look forward to welcoming you into our College community and partnering alongside you in 2021 and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BCC Beginners like at Belmont Christian College?

BCC Beginners takes place in purpose-built rooms that are safe and well-resourced, with age-appropriate facilities and materials. BCC Beginners is a creative, explorative curriculum that helps support the social, spiritual, emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child. Children are immersed in a literacy and numeracy rich program to best prepare each child for the transition to Kindergarten.

The BCC Beginners program provides fun, stimulating, nurturing and engaging learning experiences. We talk to the children in formal and informal ways about God and emphasise how much He loves them. Our aim is to support each individual child to reach their full potential.

What are the operational hours and days for BCC Beginners?

BCC Beginners hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday. The BCC Beginners program runs in line with the College calendar term dates each year. Most children who attend BCC Beginners enrol in two or three days per week before going to Kindergarten.

What can my child expect on their first day at BCC Beginners?

Please arrive at 9:00am on your child’s first day and head to the main office to sign in. From there, you will be greeted by Mrs Leoni McNeil (Head of Primary School) who will happily walk you and your child down to BCC Beginners. You can help settle your child before waving goodbye. Your child’s first day is gentle, warm and welcoming with many fun activities planned inside and outside. BCC Beginners teachers will happily call you throughout the child’s first day to let you know how they are going.

What will my child learn in BCC Beginners in the College environment?

Belmont Christian College is a great place to give your child a wonderful start to their school journey. Children in BCC Beginners are involved in College life the year before Kindergarten commences.

The BCC Beginners program, for four-year-olds, takes place within the College environment, thus introducing children to staff, facilities and College routines. Children are immersed in a literacy and numeracy rich program to best prepare each child for the transition to Kindergarten. BCC Beginners children are engaged in hands on play activities both inside and outside. The children will also be taught by our specialty college teachers for Physical Education (PE). We also go to the library each week where children will engage in literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities.

What does my child need to wear to BCC Beginners?

Children wear the College sports uniform to BCC Beginners each day, along with the College hat. Please ensure they have enclosed, comfy shoes each day for outside play and sporting activities. Please label everything! If you require more help with purchasing parts of the uniform, please see the ladies in the school uniform shop located in B Block. For more information about our College uniform, click here.

Is there an orientation program for BCC Beginners?

The College has developed a comprehensive Orientation Program to ensure your child feels secure and confident, as well as excited to attend BCC Beginners.

We run a Parent Information Evening to ensure all questions are answered for parents, and this includes information specifically about BCC Beginners, as well as the whole College.  Due to current COVID restrictions, this information evening will occur virtually on Wednesday 14th October, 2020 from 5pm to 6pm.

We then have two Orientation Mornings for the children where they will spend time in the BCC Beginners environment with BCC Beginners teachers.  They will meet their new peers and engage in some fun games and activities that will help them feel safe and secure in the new environment. Our aim in BCC Beginners is to work alongside families to ensure every child feels safe, secure, valued and loved. In 2020, these two dates are:

1. Tuesday 17 November – 9:30am – 11:00am

2. Friday 20 November – 9:30am – 11:00am

Where will my child play at recess and lunchtime?

BCC Beginners have their own purpose built outside play environment that is fully fenced and safe. This play area has fun, age appropriate equipment. This is next to the Primary students’ playground. Students will be supervised for indoor play when there are extreme weather conditions.

Partnering with you

Communication between your family and the College forms a crucial part of the education journey.

Parent Directory

An up-to-date online directory summarising all key communication channels and need-to-know information between the College and families.

Community Hub

A place where you can catch up on all things BCC. Photos, videos, the latest newsletters and other media from the College Community can all be found here.

Uniform

Stay up to date with the BCC uniform requirements and find out how to purchase.

Transport

Discover the scope of our extensive public and private bus routes to and from the College.

Enrol your child in BCC Beginners

For enrolment into BCC Beginners, children should be four years of age by the 30th April, however, acceptance of applications for enrolment will be dependent upon the discretion of the Principal. This programs is intended as one-year program only. For Beginners, children may enrol for two, three or five days per week. The Beginners program makes for an easy and gentle transition into Kindergarten.