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.   

Preschool and kindergarten children learn best through play! Play is essential for childhood development - children need to move - run, jump, climb and balance - to develop a range of motor skills. Physical play with others helps to build social and emotional skills as children practice taking turns, leading, following, 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 information on brain development and play.

Partnering with educators

Parents and carers are a child’s first teachers and advocates for their children. We model relationship behaviours to children and, together with teachers, are creating the template for future learning. 

Quality early childhood education is founded on partnerships between teachers and parents. Collaboration builds mutual trust and respect and is a cornerstone of high-quality programs for children. Through partnering with families, educators plan experiences through play that help children develop skills in social and emotional learning, the foundations of language and literacy as well as science, technology, engineering and maths. Children also experience dramatic play, creative arts, and physical activity. They are developing foundation skills they’ll use their whole lives.