Early Years


Establishing literacy and numeracy foundations

Primary: Early Years Program (Prep-Year 1)

The caring and supportive environment that our Redeemer Prep and Year 1 learning community provides is an ideal start for our young learners educational journey.

Students are at the centre of all that is done in the early years at Redeemer. They begin their educational journey full of wonder, ideas and information and we see it as our role to nurture, grow and develop that sense of wonder and discovery.

With a focus on a love of learning, our Prep and Year 1 students explore the thrill and wonder of a rich environment of words and literature. Literacy, including a focus on reading through sounds and connecting vocabulary to digital mediums, as well as through real world experiences, provides the launch pad for developing fluency and confidence with all communication.

Prep

Prep classes have the support of a full-time Teacher Assistant in each class to assist in the high quality teaching and learning programs on offer. This also provides an extra set of hands to support the pastoral care needs of this age group as they transition into the formal school setting.

Specialist Lessons

Specialist lessons in Mandarin, Music and Health and Physical Education (HPE) provide age-appropriate opportunities for our Prep and Year 1 students to learn, play and perform in a variety of ways.

Play

The outdoor space for the Prep and Year 1 students allows learning to happen both inside and outside of the classroom ensuring that students connect with nature in a more authentic and hands-on way. The outdoor space has been designed in consultation with outdoor play-space specialists to provide areas for students to be active, use their imagination and be creative.

Reggio Emilia Approach

Prep and Year 1 teachers use the Reggio Emilia Approach to inspire their teaching and learning experiences for students. This approach to early years education allows students to connect with their peers to develop the confidence and creativity to take risks and open their minds to the discovery and learning that awaits them.

Parent Engagement

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to be active participants in their child’s education. To celebrate the successes and joys that are such an integral part of the early years of education at Redeemer, we offer VIP & Me mornings to regularly allow parents and caregivers to engage with their children in the classroom setting.