Preschool Room

3.5 years – school age

Welcome to the Happy Valley Community Children’s Centre’s Preschool Room. This is a brief summary of the expected learning experiences for your child while in our care at Happy Valley Community Children’s Centre.

For the full summary, please download our Preschool Room Information Booklet.

The Preschool Room environment allows children to be cared for between 3.5 – school age (or until they are developmentally ready to transition to Kindergarten).

In the Preschool Room, we value and support the development of decision-making skills. We begin to include the children in the decision-making processes that affect both them and those around them, listening to what they have to say and involving them and their opinions in the process. Our carefully planned play environments are rich in stimulating resources that provide opportunities for children to learn as they discover, improvise, create and imagine.

Our team of educators support children as they explore their environment, extending their play through intentional teaching. We create programs that respond to and build on, the interests of the children. During play, our Educators present concepts and challenges for the children to investigate and expand on. These extensions help to develop key skills through both structured activities and imaginative play, supporting cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

Learning Experiences

For each child in the Preschool Room, we encourage and observe their learning experiences across five categories: physical, social, emotional and cognitive, and language as per the Developmental milestones, the Early Years Learning Framework document and the National Quality Standards.

Children’s independence and social skills develop with an increased understanding for learning and cooperation while attending preschool/school. Children develop the ability to work alongside their peers sharing moments of joy in a collaborative environment, displaying problem solving skills and supporting each other when working in a group setting.

Children have a stronger sense for identifying when a peer is hurt or in distress, offering them assistance and showing them comfort. They become more connected with the world around them and learn to distinguish themselves from their peers. There are bouts of emotions as children learn to express themselves. Our Educators support this through role modelling, acknowledging their feelings and encouraging the children to make positive choices.

In this age group children show significant development against their cognitive milestones, building on their memory, recalling events correctly and telling recent stories. They will follow simple instructions, have a longer attention span and can answer simple questions. They are building and constructing with materials while demonstrating a greater understanding of opposites and positional words. Children can count by rote, having memorised numbers. They touch objects to count which fosters an understanding of the relationship between numbers and objects. They also begin matching and naming colours.

Children begin to develop a strong confidence and capability with their language, speaking in sentences and using many different words. They ask us many questions and can answer simple questions. They tell us stories, talking constantly with enjoyment and experimenting with new words. We often observe children asserting themselves with words, taking part in conversations and using adult forms of speech whilst enjoying jokes, rhymes, and stories among their peers.

Children in the Preschool Room show increased independence in day-to-day tasks and further develop their motor skills, hopping, jumping, galloping, and running with ease. We observe and support increased agility using play equipment, including balls, hoops and obstacle courses. They enjoy learning simple rhythm and movement and further develop their fine motors skills, cutting independently with scissors, exhibiting hand preference, and reproducing a variety of shapes in their drawings.

Learning Outcomes

There are many examples that reflect the learning outcomes suggested for the age groups within this room. For specific examples that relate to the five learning outcomes, please see the Early Years Learning Framework document, Belonging, Being, and Becoming, on the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority website.