0-1 Years
Healthy Beginnings
Research shows your baby’s earliest emotional, social and physical experiences will have a direct impact on their future resilience and wellbeing.

During Healthy Beginnings we build nurturing, warm and loving relationships that promote the holistic growth and development of your child through the first years of life.

Lifelong Learning: Healthy Beginnings is designed to gently transition babies into the learning environment and to establish secure attachments with educators. During their first year, babies develop a trust in people and their environment. Lifelong Learning: Healthy Beginnings supports those first connections to allow emotional security, self-identity and self-confidence to emerge. We capture your baby’s natural motivation to communicate and engage in all environments.

Throughout the play-based approach, educators are attuned to the individual preferences and personalities of babies and families, and support babies to engage in, explore and discover their learning environments and relationships.

Your baby is born ready and able to learn
Your baby is born ready and able to learn

Your child’s first five years are the most influential for their learning and development. This is when their brain develops faster than ever and when the foundations for ongoing learning are laid.

During this time, they need a supportive and nurturing environment that provides valuable opportunities to explore and practice new skills in different ways to support their learning.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), the governing body of early childhood in Australia, has identified the key times when new learning evolves:

Age Key Learnings
0 to 4 months Your baby learns by connecting with the people around them.
4 to 8 months Your baby becomes curious about their surroundings, and starts to play and communicate.
8 to 12 months Skills like problem solving, investigating and experimenting start to develop.
1 to 2 years They’re open to new challenges; your child is able to listen, concentrate and play.
2 to 3 years Their memory is developing and their imagination is soaring.
3 to 5 years Your child is fascinated by the world around them; they ask questions and try to understand their world.
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How you can help
How you can help
Emotional confidence
Show your child around their room and help them to establish a relationship with their educators.
Talk to your child about events that affect them: “Can we change your nappy now?”, “Should we have something to eat?”
Be confident when separating from your child. If you show you are happy to leave your child with other people, your child will feel safe.
Encourage and support their efforts to communicate with you.
Spend some time each day with face-to-face interactions with your child.
Establish a routine around drop-off and pick-up, including times and people.
Social connectivity
Talk to your child about what you see is happening with them: “I see you are tired”, “I see you are upset”. This establishes a very early understanding of language and emotions.
Encourage your child to independently play without requiring stimulation.
Provide opportunities for your child to establish connections with other children.
To strengthen family bonds and connections.
Listen to and interact with your child as they attempt to communicate with you and others.
Foundational learning
Read stories and rhymes to your child, encouraging enjoyment in books and storytelling.
Nurture their interest in learning, allow time on the floor uninhibited for them to explore.
Encourage and provide motivation for early movement, such as rolling over, sitting up and crawling.
Play music and encourage movement as you experience different sounds and rhythms.
Encourage your child to practice independence in feeding.
Physical health and wellbeing
Use old boxes for play and hiding spaces, encouraging imaginative play.
Provide materials that enhance sensory experiences.
Engage in physical play, both indoors and outdoors, and include water and other natural materials.
Spend time with your child on the floor lying, looking and exploring.
Establish routines for sleep, healthy eating and physical activity.