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My Story - How it all began!

“I have been in and out of the Education System over the last 18 years. What a journey! Those days were filled with classes varying with children who complete their homework perfectly on time every week, to children who hardly come to school with a nutritional piece of food in their lunchboxes. I have experienced vast differences in children, in schools, in colleagues and in communities. The curriculum over time has become ridiculously crowded and the creativity of our amazing teachers has basically come to a halt.


For years I’ve repeatedly said “I just want to create my own school” – and look here I am! Step to Prep has become ‘My School.’ The School Readiness Program, located on the Gold Coast has come to life after years of thinking and scribbling down ideas – millions of them. After having three of my own children, I continued to research which direction to take my career and it came back to the notion of doing what I know and love – Teaching.


I am enormously passionate about preparing children with a solid foundation in the year before they begin school . After spending a great deal of time in many Prep Classrooms, I know exactly what our children need to know to help them in the beginning stages of their school journey. With some basic skills and concepts taught and understood, the learning process and transition into school will certainly be far more successful.


Parents – let me help you!! Often parents are unaware, not to mention overwhelmed by the enormity of their child beginning school - which school to go to, private vs public, what children are suppose to learn before school begins. Some parents have the opinion that the teacher can do all the teaching – let me tell you, they can’t. Along with educating our children, Step to Prep also aims to reach out to parents in the community by providing advice and strategies to ease the pressure of the schooling phase.


Importantly, the decision to call our School Readiness Business ‘Step to Prep’ was made for that very reason. Our target market are children who are in their final year before beginning school.


While Step to Prep offers so much, our curriculum is not crowded, stressful or a luxury item. It is vital preparation! We explicitly teach basic content and skills to the children in small groups to ensure the teacher can get to everyone – several times within a session. The benefits to our School Readiness Program on the Gold Coast are an investment into your child’s future – you won’t be disappointed.”



Jo Jackson - Director | Founder | Educator


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