Early Learning Years

The Diocese of Broken Bay is committed to the education of the whole child by providing learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate, recognising the unique experiences that families and early learners bring to school.

We are committed to ensuring children become life-long, self-directed learners. Brain research shows that the first five years of learning have a great influence on the child’s future.  Challenges and inspirational learning opportunities foster a sense of curiosity, wonder and awe which nurture the child’s spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential. Children never stop asking “Why?” and ‘How?”. This passion for discovery of learning will fuel a lifetime of achievement.

       Play is a child's work
  • Play promotes creative problem solving skills
  • Play involves exploration, investigation and creativity
  • Play is self-motivating and rewarding
  • Children use play to help cope with real life issues
  • Play offers opportunities to develop friendships and an understanding of social skills through patience and perseverance

Through play-based learning and small group instruction, children develop a strong foundation for learning in all areas, including language, literacy and numeracy.  They also engage in healthy physical activities and the arts, developing social and emotional skills through interaction with their peers and the educators who guide them.

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Recognising what children bring to school in the early years is supported through a positive start to school by:

  • Engaging parents in the transition to school process, developing relationships and trust;
  • Teachers working within the early years context, connecting to the prior to school experience;
  • Developing learning environments that promote positive attitudes to school and learning.

Kidsmatter website

Play to learn projects

early learning statement

Click here to read the Diocesan Early Learning Statement