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. 

IGS exceeds the National Quality Standard, providing quality education and care in all seven quality areas. See our Rating Certificate here.


IGS recognises the early learning years 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 catering for children from three to five years. Children enrol to Early Learning for two (Mondays and Tuesdays), three (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) or five days each week. 

The Early Learning Centre opens from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, for 50 weeks of the year.

Children can attend the Centre in one of two options:

  • Term time attendance: 8.35am to 3pm, during IGS school terms; or 
  • Extended Hours attendance: 7.30am to 6pm, 50 weeks of the year, including term breaks

Eligible families can access Child Care Subsidy providing financial assistance to help cover the cost of attendance at IGS Early Learning. In addition, all families in Early Learning will be eligible to receive fee relief of up to $2,110 for 4 year olds and $500 for 3 year olds. The fee relief is in addition to and will not impact on your Child Care Subsidy payments provided by the Australian Government.

Frequently Asked Questions

Languages and Music

At IGS, bilingual language immersion and music lessons begin from the first days of attendance in the program.

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 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.