At St Joseph’s School, we offer high-quality early childhood education for children from the age of three years onwards. Our early childhood programs allow children to develop at their own rate, following their own interests with a strong play-based foundation.
Each child is a precious and sacred gift who possesses their own unique talents and abilities. Our program enables our children to experience the joy and wonder of the world in a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment. Our program takes into account each child’s aptitude to learn through a variety of learning experiences, including a balance of teacher-initiated or directed activities and exploratory and investigative play. Children are directly involved and active in their learning; discussing what they know, what they would like to know and what they have learnt.
We believe that all children are strong, competent and unique. We aim to develop a positive attitude to learning and a thirst for knowledge while providing a happy, stimulating and supportive environment where children feel welcome, secure and valued.
At St Joseph’s, early years education is based on:
- Our Catholic faith being central to all that we do.
- The education of our students is grounded in Gospel values.
- The voice of the child is paramount.
- Embracing a sense of community.
- Working in partnership with parents.
- Play-based and inquiry-based learning approaches that encourage children to engage and challenge their learning in a range of environments and contexts.
- The understanding that learning is intentional and should be centred around children’s interests and wondering about the world.
- The process of learning is more important than the product.
- Educators modelling questioning and the inquiry process across all aspects of learning.
- Listening to encourage children to test theories, justify reasoning, assist in developing plans, etc.
- The Early Years Learning Framework, the Western Australia Curriculum, the Kindergarten Guidelines and the National Quality Standards are used as a basis for planning within a Catholic context.
Please take a look at our Virtual School Tour to see how we structure our classroom and outdoor spaces for play-based learning experiences.