Early Childhood Education

Notre Dame Early Childhood Charter

Three-Year-Old Kindy to Year Two

Notre Dame Catholic Primary School values the whole child, who is created in God’s image. Our Catholic faith is central to all learning. With Our Lady as our guide, we strive to live like Jesus. Our Mercy and Presentation values inspire us to live in service to others. Compassion and justice are modelled through building community. We strive to provide the best faith education for the children in our care.

At Notre Dame we foster the happiness of each child and provide them with a sense of agency within their learning. Every child is unique and able to learn. Childhood is a time of exploration, learning and developing relationships. Children need the opportunities and encouragement to take risks, make choices and learn to persist; developing the resilience to overcome challenges they may face along their journey.

Our pedagogy recognises the individuality of every child. We implement all mandated documents. A variety of teaching strategies and learning environments are provided through a play-based, inquiry learning approach. Respecting the developmental stages of each child we thus provide for differentiation. The child’s needs are central to every learning experience and value is placed in the process, not the product. This pedagogy enables the children to acquire the skills to become critical thinkers, in the 21st Century.

As Early Childhood Educators we build positive relationships by providing a safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment where children feel that they belong. We believe inquiry, investigation and experimentation leads to curious, creative and imaginative learners and allows them to apply their learning to real life experiences and be fully engaged.

Notre Dame Catholic Primary School acknowledges parents as the child’s first educators and we respect the unique qualities of each family. We aim to build close relationships and have open communication with the families of the children in our care. It is important to be inclusive, embracing all cultures, working collaboratively for the growth of our community.