Two years are better than one

A recent report released by the Mitchell Institute highlights the substantial benefits children receive from access to two years of preschool. The report finds that starting early and staying in for longer is beneficial for most children and that high-quality early learning programs help grow curious minds and develop emotional wellbeing.

The Early Learning Program at Toorak College provides the best educational start for your child.

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“As a young child grows, so does their identity and sense of self,” says Mrs Mandy Whitworth, Head of Wardle House. “We pride ourselves on having an Early Learning Program that has been designed to meet the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of preschool children.”

A typical day for students in Toorak College’s Early Learning Program includes play, music, art, movement, science, reading, and math activities. “Our teachers design learning activities based on the needs and attention spans of three and four-year-olds,” says Mrs Whitworth. “These experiences are then delivered in small groups throughout the day to ensure students are actively learning.”

As part of the three-year-old program, students are encouraged to explore and play both indoors and outdoors. They begin to learn early literacy and numeracy concepts and how to collaborate and co-operate with others. Recently, the students were paired up with buddies from the Senior School and together they explored number sequencing and number patterns.

Students in Toorak College’s four-year-old program build on their cognitive, social and emotional skills. They work independently and in groups to develop their reading, writing and problem-solving skills. Specialist art, music, library and science classes expose students to the wider school environment and ensure they are prepared for the next big leap at Toorak College – Prep!

“When children start school we want them to thrive, flourish and enjoy the challenges they are presented. This is why we provide many opportunities for our ELC students to experience the whole school,” says Mrs Whitworth. “These experiences make school seem less scary and intimidating as the children begin their next learning journey.”

To learn more about the Early Learning program at Toorak College, visit toorakcollege.vic.edu.au or call 9788 7234 to arrange a tour.