Early Childhood Curriculum
Specific programs for Babies, Toddlers, Kindergarten and Pre-Prep children are prepared and implemented by qualified, dedicated staff who actively nurture each child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative development.
Learning occurs in active, interactive, individual and collaborative situations. The indoor and outdoor learning areas provide stimulating and challenging environments that support the well-rounded development of each child.
BABIES – from 6 weeks
Each baby is unique and has individual needs. The caring staff will work with parents to ensure that each child’s routine is followed, providing a smooth transition from home to the Centre. A stimulating environment will be provided for babies with activities appropriate for their age or stage of development.
Play is the central activity in childhood. For toddlers, play is the way they learn about themselves and their world. It is also the way they begin to master many fundamental physical, social and intellectual skills and concepts. Qualified staff will foster toddlers’ play in a supportive and caring manner.
Children learn by doing. In the child’s world, this means ‘play’. In the Junior Kindy program, children will be offered high quality play experiences that support initiative, creativity and self-esteem. This will allow children the opportunity to be responsible, to make choices and to be challenged in the friendly play-centred program.
The Senior Kindy program follows Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. The integrated play-centred program offers each child the opportunity and the time to play, to discover and explore, to question and predict, to wonder, to imagine, and to make things happen!
Specialist staff provide physical education and music classes for the Senior Kindy children, and the Head of Junior School visits regularly as part of a shared reading program. Students are introduced to key Bible stories and they enjoy their weekly chapel service.
PRE-PREP – from 3 ½ years*
The Pre-Prep program is based on Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. The focus is on child-centred activities which foster the development of social, emotional, cognitive, creative and physical skills. Working alongside children, teachers initiate opportunities for them to express their thoughts and ideas, to test their theories and to reflect upon their thinking.
Pre-Prep children also receive specialist physical education and music classes, and enjoy story time with the Head of Junior School. Students also have access to the school’s computers and library facilities, and they participate enthusiastically in their weekly chapel service.
Pre-Prep entry age * is related to the government-regulated Prep entry age (4 ½ years at 31 December prior):
|Date of birth||Pre-Prep||Prep|
|July 2008 – June 2009||2013||2014|
|July 2009 – June 2010||2014||2015|
|July 2010 – June 2011||2015||2016|
|July 2011 - June 2012||2016||2017|
|July 2012 - June 2013||2017||2018|