CO-EDUCATIONAL 3-YEAR-OLD AND 4 YEAR-OLD
Inspired by Reggio Emilia, our Early Learning program is a celebration of childhood.
Lauriston’s co-educational Early Learning program is a place where children feel loved, respected and valued.
Our highly trained and attentive educators deliver 3-year-old and 4-year-old kindergarten curriculums grounded in robust inquiry and play-based learning which supports children as they build social skills, solve problems, indulge their curiosity and engage with the world around them.
The end result is children who express themselves confidently, have solid foundations in literacy and numeracy and love to learn.
We welcome you to our Kindergarten, to see for yourself the inclusive community we nurture and the learning opportunities for your child.
Director of Kindergarten
“The imperative to give all children a strong early start is more and more pressing. Children’s early experiences have a profound and long-lasting impact on individual children’s well-being and happiness during childhood, as well as their later life outcomes.”
― OECD Early Learning Matters Report, 2018
The importance of a quality kindergarten
A growing body of research highlights just how vital a quality kindergarten education is in establishing a child’s emotional maturity, self-esteem, resilience, and capacity to learn.
At Lauriston, this comes through a careful combination of structured and free play that we believe is crucial in the development of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills.
Along with the vital work of developing pre-numeracy and literacy capabilities, our planned Kindergarten programs develop skills in STEM, the creative arts and an appreciation of culture, to broaden the children’s self-awareness and empathy with others.
When your child becomes a part of our Kindergarten community, our dedicated and passionate educators seek to both know and understand them as individuals. It’s a connection that allows us to help reveal their ideas, positively challenge their thinking, and develop their sense of identity.
This comes through an emphasis on interaction with people, materials, and real-life situations to help each child establish their foundational physical, social, emotional, and cognitive skills. It’s a grounding that’s seen Lauriston’s Kindergarten create generations of confident, lifelong learners.
With these foundational skills, children have the best chance of managing the world around them, forming healthy relationships, overcoming sadness, disappointment and frustration, and expressing emotions in socially acceptable ways.
By nurturing a collaborative dialogue with our students, Lauriston’s early childhood educators guide the children to develop the skills needed to achieve throughout their time at school and beyond.
The Lauriston difference
When your child becomes a part of our Kindergarten community, our dedicated and passionate educators seek to both know and understand them. It’s a connection that allows us to reveal their ideas, positively challenge their thinking, and develop their sense of identity.
At Lauriston, we have many of Australia’s best. Educators who collaborate with each child to identify their interests and opportunities to learn. By building this relationship with each child, they guide them in achieving tasks, while developing their skills, aptitudes, and confidence.
Kindergarten is a child’s most important developmental window. So, along with developing pre-numeracy and literacy skills, our educators have created programs to develop capabilities in STEM, foster a love of the creative arts and celebrate culture. Together, they broaden the children’s understanding of themselves and their place in the world.
A focus on wellbeing
At Lauriston, children learn that making friends is all about kind acts and kind thoughts; about showing empathy and caring for each other. The innate sense of wellbeing this instils enables children to confidently face the challenges of life beyond the kindergarten gates.
Unstructured play in nature lets children explore their environment, develop language skills, learn to negotiate and regulate their emotions. That’s why we’re passionate about our optional 4-year old Bush Kinder, held every Friday at the Urban Forest. It allows children time for games of imagination and creativity in the natural world.
In keeping with the importance of the early learning years in a child’s entire education journey, a building project is currently underway. This project will transform and re-imagine the learning and play spaces at Lauriston.