1-3 Years
Early Experiences
Children at Lifelong Learning Centres are celebrated not only for who they are today, but who they can become.

During Early Experiences we grow the sense of self your child has developed through the experiences they have had and the relationships they have established in their first year of life.

Lifelong Learning: Early Experiences promotes a sense of self awareness, and builds capacity in children to make choices and decisions around events that impact on them. Our educators reflect on your child’s interests with you and your child, and adapt the learning to suit.

Our educators use your child’s inherent thirst for knowledge to guide them to practice early personal hygiene skills, self-feeding, independent dressing and managing their belongings, as well as other life skills, such as identifying their emotions, learning to self-regulate, displaying empathy, care and compassion, and respect for self, peers and environment.

Toddlers are great communicators, even before they are able to use language in a fluent manner. They understand what is being said and how to communicate effectively through sound, gesture and early language development. Our educators actively promote learning through interactions and conversations, explaining, speculating, inspiring, hypothesising and engaging your child to extend their thinking and learning.

How you can help
How you can help
Social connectivity
Encourage your child to explore sound and engage with you in conversation.
Support your child to interact with other children.
Provide opportunities for your child to play independently in both the outdoor and indoor environment.
Allow your child to help you complete daily tasks.
Encourage your child to show empathy and listening skills, and involve them in games that practice turn-taking and patience.
Play games with your child, encouraging participation and involvement.
Emotional confidence
Talk about their day in a positive light and sharing experiences.
Establish a consistent routine around drop-off and pick-up, including times and people.
Support and encourage your child as they begin to express their emotions.
Encourage your child to ask for help before stepping in to help them.
Show confidence in your child’s ability to cope in new environments.
Foundational learning
Allow your child to do things for themselves, such as washing hands, dressing and feeding.
Read stories and rhymes with your child and encourage enjoyment in books.
Nurture their interest in the world around them by asking questions and engaging in problem solving.
Sit and play with your child and encourage concentration and perseverance.
Encourage creative play, dressing up, building forts and role playing.
Physical health and wellbeing
Encourage children to practice tasks, like packing their bag, identifying their belongings, unwrapping food, dressing and putting on a hat and shoes.
Encourage early hygiene practices, such as toileting and washing their own hands.
Establish regular and predictable routines for healthy eating and sleeping and rest
Engage in physical play, including jumping, balancing, building and dancing.