Early Years & Care

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 pathways

  • 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
  • Kindergarten
  • Pre-Primary
  • Outside School Hours Care (OSHC).

Costs for early Childhood Education and care services vary across Catholic Education.

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.