Recently there has been a great deal of activity in the Early Childhood
Education and Care area. The Federal Government has made a large
investment in this area and many now understand the significance of this
time of life.
Some of this interest has stemmed from the emerging research into brain development. Some key driving factors around brain
development in the early years include:
At birth only some of the brains neurons are connected
In the first three years of life connections between neurons, the synapses, begin to establish pathways in the brain
By the age of three years the number of synapses out-number adult levels
The neural pathways that are stimulated most often become a permanent part of the brain
Children need to experience positive loving and caring relationships
in the early years to enable them to develop and maintain desirable
These positive experiences will allow children’s brains to form in a
manner that ensures appropriate cognitive functioning and ability to
establish positive social relationships
On the other hand negative experiences have been shown to have a detrimental affect on the vulnerable developing brain.
These and other factors have highlighted the importance of the early
years and the significance of ensuring the best possible experiences in
those early years. In recognition of the importance of the early years
of a child’s life.
Catholic Education has developed a positional statement that clearly outlines the importance of these years and the way Catholic Education approaches these years.
All Catholic schools in WA offer a range of services to the early years sector including:
- Three-year-old Kindergarten
- Outside School Hours Care (OSHC).
Costs for early Childhood Education and care services vary across
This is dependent upon a number of factors including
government funding, subsidies, family circumstances, school factors
and type of service. Please contact the school or service to ascertain
costs for your family.