Quality early learning creates the environment for children to develop the confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential. Learning habits established early can last a lifetime.
The National Quality Framework (NQF) is a set of standards that all early learning services need to meet to make sure our children have the best possible start in life.
Qualified educators have the skills to spot potential learning or developmental issues early, before they become bigger problems later in the child’s life. Research shows that preschool children taught by an educator with a diploma or bachelor degree score 30 points higher on their Year 3 NAPLAN tests than children taught by a less qualified educator, or children who did not attend preschool at all.
Play-based learning is a tool that allows us to give a child a wide range of opportunities to learn, develop and reach their full potential.
Quality early learning supports children in their transition to school and life by helping them:
- Develop good communication and social skills.
- Build coping skills, resilience and self-discipline, which are essential for school.
- Practice fine and gross motor skills.
- Develop basic maths, literacy and general knowledge.
Examples of quality early learning program experiences include:
- Small group sessions with storytelling, singing and dancing with children of all ages to develop communication skills.
- Art experiences for children to express themselves, create and develop their fine motor skills.
- Experiences to help children regulate their feelings and emotions, and interact with their peers.
- Sunscreen and hand washing songs to help children understand the importance of sun safety and keeping healthy.
- Experiences that teach children skills they need for primary school—like basic pre-literacy and counting, how to sit still, listen and ask questions.