Early Learning

Preschool and Kindergarten - Learning Foundations

The foundations for every child’s development (including social, physical, emotional, and cognitive) are formed in the period from birth through to eight years of age. Parents are a child's earliest teacher and facilitate brain-building through play with infants and toddlers. 

In the ACT, Children between 3-6 years can attend free public preschool prior to kindergarten and primary school, a valuable time for developing learning foundations.   

Children learn best through play and play is essential for childhood development, for movement or motor skills, and social and emotional skills ie taking turns and sharing. Parents and caregivers also benefit from the social value of shared community play spaces, which can serve as hubs for informal social connections and for services such as playgroups. Children at play are developing their senses and responses to sensory input through complex neurological processes. See our section on 'Play & Learning' for more information on brain development and play.


Enrolment for preschool and kindergarten can be completed online.