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Smooth transition for preschoolers


The relocation of Loreto College’s preschool program to the Junior Primary Learning Centre in Term 2 last year is proving beneficial for children as they make the transition to school.

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Principal Dr Nicole Archard said the program, previously located in the Early Learning Centre which opened in 2018, has been “growing from strength to strength”.

“We honour the uniqueness of each preschool child and provide a safe and secure environment that nurtures a strong sense of belonging, optimism and positive wellbeing,” Dr Archard said.

“Through play-based learning, open-ended provocations and inquiry projects, our preschool children are encouraged to explore, imagine, innovate, take risks, investigate, problem solve and engage in critical thinking.”

Surrounded by an award-winning nature garden and adventure playground, the Junior Primary Learning Centre has been redeveloped over the past three years, commencing with Reception to Year 2 and then the addition of a STEM room and two preschool rooms.

Early literacy, numeracy and science learning experiences are combined with art, drama, dance, design and physical movement to form the integral components of the preschool program.

“With guidance from our educators, our preschool children structure their own learning and develop the skills of respectful listening, negotiating and teamwork,” Dr Archard said.

“Working in partnership, our curriculum celebrates and reflects the histories, cultures and traditions of our children and their families.”

Children also enjoy specialist lessons in Music and Chinese and borrow books each week from the Junior School Library. Preschool children participate in the Loreto Junior School biennial musical, as well as other college events such as Book Week, Mission Day and Grandparents’ Day.

“When our preschool children are ready to start school, our transition program ensures they feel secure, confident, and ready to move into a school setting,” Dr Archard said.

The Loreto Early Learning Centre has more than 100 children a day attending the centre with 180 children enrolled on a weekly basis.  It caters for newborn babies to five year olds.



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