Learning at preschool

Your child’s learning at preschool will build on what you have taught them at home.

Children learn through play. Your child’s interests will direct the learning experiences the teacher plans for your child through play.

Through these learning experiences, your child will explore and experiment. They will develop their skills in solving problems, communicating and socialising. They will also develop self-esteem, confidence and the foundations for their formal learning.

The learning program in preschool is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.

Preschool activities for learning

  • Puzzles and playing with blocks
  • Painting, drawing, cutting and pasting
  • Reading books and listening to stories
  • Talking and listening
  • Dressing up and playing in the ‘home corner’ or cubby house
  • Listening to and playing music
  • Dancing and drama
  • Climbing on equipment, balancing, running and jumping
  • Using computers
  • Interacting with other children one-on-one and in small groups
  • Playing with clay, play dough, sand and water

Supporting your child's learning

Children work best when parents or carers and teachers work together. You know your child better than anyone else, so you can help the teacher understanding your child by sharing information about their interests and any additional needs.

Here are some ways you can support your child's learning in preschool:

  • Find out as much as you can about the preschool, such as the routines and what your child needs to bring to preschool.
  • Get involved in your child’s preschool, such as volunteering as a helper.
  • Talk with preschool staff about activities you can do with your child at home, such as reading with your child.
  • Talk with staff about your child’s learning and raise any concerns or issues early, so you can work together to resolve them.
  • ٚTalk with your child each day about what they did at preschool.ٚ
  • Choose activities from our digital learning packs to support your child's learning at home.
  • Connect with other parents and carers on social media.

Helpful websites

  • Starting Blocks - learn about developmental milestones for children, what to expect from early childhood education and child care services, and search for these services in Australia.
  • Child Care Finder - find early learning and child care services near you.
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