The early learner is the child in the age span from birth to eight years old.
For Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, the focus of early learning is the transition from pre-school to Kindergarten, and the school years of Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. Nurturing the spiritual, emotional, social, academic and physical development of young children has a direct impact on the adult they will become, and the availability of appropriate experiences in the early years affect the development of the child’s brain.
Early learning is more than just a preparatory stage assisting the child’s transition to formal schooling; it is the time when a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs must be met in order to build a solid foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.
St Patrick’s has a strong focus on early learning. An emphasis on play, creativity, curiosity and positive relationships shape the children’s learning. Children are naturally motivated to play, and we use play as a context for learning. This play-based approach to learning involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning.
The teacher encourages children’s learning and inquiry through hands-on activities and peer-to-peer interactions that aim to promote critical thinking skills to solve problems, make decisions and organise information.