Early Childhood

At Padbury Primary School, we recognise that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. Our pedagogical approach (teaching and learning approach) is based on evidence based best practice, including a blend of child centred, inquiry play-based learning programs and explicit instruction.

Early childhood educators provide play-based learning so children can:

  • see themselves as capable and competent learners
  • learn new concepts and skills
  • express their individuality
  • develop a sense of identity and wellbeing
  • enhance their curiosity and creativity
  • build relationships and resilience
  • experience and understand difference and diversity
  • make connections between prior experiences and new learning.

Literacy and numeracy concepts are explicitly taught in K-2 classroom through numerous educational opportunities. This may include inquiry based investigative play or explicit instruction. Teachers set provocations which allow students to actively construct their own understanding and contribute to others’ learning. It is important students have agency, including opportunities to initiate, lead, collaborate and reflect on their learning. Students explore and investigate in engaging environments through authentic experiences that build on explicit concepts taught.

Teachers develop high quality teaching and learning programs which are stimulating and maximise opportunities for students to enhance and extend their understanding, guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards and follows the West Australian Curriculum and Kindergarten Guidelines.