Early Learning

Open-ended, child-directed learning

We provide a dynamic program which encourages children to explore and discover their world. Central to this is the learning of Languages and Music.

At IGS, we harness the natural curiosity and energy of our youngest learners. We draw upon a broad mix of theories and philosophies in early childhood education to ensure children enjoy new and exciting opportunities for developmental play and in-depth learning. Our program is underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework, the national curriculum of early education and care services. 

 

Preschool and Transition

IGS recognises the early learning years (Preschool and Transition) as crucial. By fostering natural curiosity and creativity, we help form the foundation of future learning. Through our stimulating program, children have the opportunity to drive their learning, ask questions, investigate and challenge ideas and actively engage in new experiences.

Learning from investigations is powerful. It is through play that children internalise concepts and learn a diverse range of skills including the ability to share, cooperate and communicate with one another.

We focus on open-ended, child-directed learning. We aim to create memories with experiences that stimulate imagination, creativity, decision making and problem solving.

Our Classes

There are four class groups in Early Learning: two Preschool class groups (for 3 to 4 year olds) and two Transition class groups (for 4 to 5 year olds). Children can enrol to Early Learning for two (Mondays and Tuesdays), three (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) or five days each week. 

Early Learning hours are from 9am to 3/3.30pm. Before Care is available in Early Learning from 7.30am to 9am, and After Care is available for children enrolled in Early Learning from 3.30pm until 6pm. At IGS, Vacation Care is also available during school holiday periods, from 7.30am to 6pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Languages & Music

At IGS, bilingual language immersion and music lessons begin in Preschool.

The daily program includes a 30-minute language experience in either French, German, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese. Language is natural and authentic, and children are exposed to their second language through songs, rhymes and games.

Music is an integral part of the program. Music experiences take place for 20 minutes each day and are taught by our specialist music staff using the Orff Schulwerk method. Children enjoy singing, clapping, dancing, chanting rhymes and making rhythms using their hands or a variety of instruments.

Like to find out more? View our Early Learning Handbook.

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