Learning at preschool

Your child’s learning at preschool will build on what they have been learning at home.

Children learn through play. Let the educators know what your child likes to do at home, and what their favourite toys and games are. This will help the educators plan fun and engaging activities for your child that also teach them new skills.

The preschool program delivered in a service is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.

Learning every day in every way through play

  • Playing games with others.

  • Learning about culture, community and family.

  • Appreciation and care for the environment including sustainability practices.

  • Moving the body and being active.

  • Expressing self through painting, craft and collage.

  • Listening to, making and moving to music.

  • Learning about numbers, counting, measurement, patterns and shape.

  • Listening to, making sense of and creating stories, songs and rhymes.

  • Using senses to explore the environment including sand, clay, water and natural materials.

  • Using tools and resources to be curious, investigate, construct and take apart.

  • Imaginative play including role play, puppets, engaging with the natural world and making up games and stories.

Supporting your child's learning

Children learn best when families and the preschool work together. You know your child better than anyone else, so you can help the educator understand your child by sharing information about their interests, experiences and relationships at home.

Sharing information about your family’s cultural background also helps educators create environments and experiences that make your child feed safe, secure and supported.

Here are some ways to support your child at preschool:

  • Find out as much as you can about the preschool, such as the routines and what your child needs to bring.

  • Ask about ways you can get involved in your child’s service, such as sharing a skill or interest.

  • Talk with educators about play-based learning activities you can do with your child at home.

  • Talk with educators 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.

  • Connect with other parents and carers.

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.

  • Early childhood education and care finder – find a service provider for early childhood education and care near your home, workplace or other location.


  • Teaching and learning


  • Preschool

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