Three-year-old education programs (sometimes referred to as Pre-Kindy) operate at a school as part of an education course. A 3-year-old education program is only available to children who have already turned three years of age. It is not available to children who are under three years of age.
The program is provided to the children on a sessional basis. This means children will only attend for some portion of the week. This differs from programs offered to three-year-olds in child-care which are offered for longer periods of time and are bound by the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2012.
Each child participating in a 3 year old program in a Catholic school is encouraged to develop a positive self-image of themselves and others as they begin to live the gospel message.
The program is an introduction to the school community for children and their families and sets the foundation for future school learning. School readiness is promoted as children develop self-help skills, independence and self-efficacy.
A Catholic 3-year-old program provides a rich learning environment that caters for children’s development across the physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional and spiritual domains. Learning occurs through planned and spontaneous play experiences that are based on the strengths, interests and needs of each child.
While each service uses the Early Years Learning Framework to guide the development and delivery of the program, each will differ as it responds to the needs of the local community it is located within.
WA Catholic Schools offering 3-Year-Old Programs