The period from birth to 8 years is a time of remarkable growth with brain development at its peak. During this time, children are highly influenced by the environment and the people around them. It is a time of holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing (UNESCO, 2016).
St Paul’s is committed to ensuring students transitioning to kindergarten receive the best possible start to their schooling. Our dedicated kindergarten teachers and Learning Support Team visit our early learning centres to gain as much information as possible about the students coming into our care. Our transition and orientation programs are family-friendly and designed to promote relationships between staff and students.
The Diocesan Early Learning Policy (2017) draws on a set of belief statements which make declarations about the Early Learner in Catholic schools. It is founded on the image of the child and underpins all we do at St Paul’s.
The Early Learning Policy comprises the following Guiding Principles:
The Six Declarations
The Key Elements
Which are critical to early learning
Play is a very powerful context for learning in which students can organise and make sense of their world, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations. At St Paul’s, we use play as a learning experience for students to not only socially interact with each other but also to engage with the curriculum at many different levels. The teachers enrich this expereince with many opportunities to engage with their environments and notice the learning around them.