Family Handbook - Skills for school and life | Goodstart

Early learning for 3 to 5 year olds

The world is an exciting place for this age group. They can be superheroes one minute, and shopkeepers the next. This certain belief that they can be anything they want to be is something we never want them to lose.

Between the ages of 3 and 5 is a time when children expand their horizons. They open their world to more people and form wider friendship groups where they can learn from each other and test ideas together. Being challenged by different points of view helps children build stronger problem-solving skills, and being exposed to diversity helps them learn to negotiate with others.

The program we develop for your child’s learning at this stage encourages:

  • Thinking, exploring, questioning, wondering and learning how to learn.
  • Developing language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
  • Solving problems and reasoning.
  • Relating well to other children and adults.
  • Resolving conflicts, playing co-operatively and being assertive.
  • Developing independence, self-esteem, self-confidence and managing emotions.
  • Understanding the world around them.
  • Belonging, being part of a community, and connecting with others.
  • Developing a lifelong love of learning, discovery and new experiences through play and activity.