Early Years Program
Starting school is an exciting time. Your child meets new people, makes new friends, learns to be more independent, discovers new understandings and knowledge, interacts within new boundaries and begins to establish a unique social identity in the classroom and playground.
At St Helena's it is understood that the early years of learning are among the most significant periods of growth for children. Experiences during this time not only affect cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and physical development, but deeply influence dispositions to learning and children's views of themselves as learners.
We know the vital role in children's brain development of play-based problem-solving with other children, and the role of adults in supporting, scaffolding, facilitating and monitoring learning.
The curriculum we provide is based on current research into young children's learning. The following six factors associated with preparedness for school and later success underpin our programs:
- social and emotional competence with a focus on social learning and independence
- health and physical wellbeing, particularly in making healthy choices and gross- and fine-motor development
- language development and communication, focusing on oral language and early literacy
- early mathematical understandings with emphasis on early numeracy
- active learning processes with a focus on thinking, investigating, and imagining and responding
- positive dispositions to learning
More information on the Early Learning Centre (PDF)