Carabella Early Learning Centre | Pre School Room
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Pre School Room

Our preschool room is where all the life skills come together and children gain independence, self-regulation, sharing and co-operative play as they prepare for the transition to school.

Listening and following instructions is an integral part of the day, as is being part of both small and large groups. Literacy and numeracy-based concepts are introduced through play rather than in the rigorous pencil and paper-based school format. We believe our approach encourages a foundation and disposition to learn.

Confident and involved learners who are inquisitive and creative learn best when deeply immersed in hands-on experiences.

CARABELLA's Philosophy

We also embrace teachable moments as they spontaneously occur in addition to teacher-directed instruction. We believe that “school readiness” should be embraced in everything we do.

As an addition to the planned parts of the day, we also spend a period of the afternoon engaged in activity that promotes listening, following instructions and sitting at a table together as a group in readiness for school.

We introduce literacy and numeracy concepts in a game-based format rather than stencil and pencil work children will use in formal education. This approach prepares children for a disposition to learn, giving them the tools and foundation to question and investigate rather than the stress of fixed, performance-based outcomes

The Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 1: For children to have a strong sense of identity

Outcome 2: For children to be connected with and contribute to their world

Outcome 3: For children to have a strong sense of wellbeing

Outcome 4: For children to become confident and involved learners

Outcome 5: For children to become effective communicators 

preparing for school

We understand that the transition to school is often a daunting prospect. Will my child be ready, will they know enough, will they cope without me, what exactly do they need to know before they go?

With this in mind, we approached our local schools to see what they felt children needed to know in order to ease the transition to formal education. Our programme reflects this as well as the Australian Early Years Learning Framework.

Language and Literacy

Ability to communicate effectively with both teachers and peers

Speaking, listening and comprehending meaning

Making needs known

Using books for enjoyment

Identifying pictures

Joining in familiar songs, poems, rhymes and stories

Understanding instructions and asking questions

Recognising own name in print and making attempts to write it

Using language to act out  stories

Using written symbols  and understanding that these make meaning


Sorting and categorising objects

Rote counting

Recognising patterns in the environment

One to one correspondence counting

Matching written numbers to counters or objects

Number recognition


Use of dice

Playing board games

Contribute to mathematical discussion

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Experience using scissors, pens, pencils, crayons and textas

Ability to use above to make marks on a page/attempting to write

Use of play dough to strengthen the muscles in fingers, wrist and forearm

Ball games, skipping, hopping, climbing, running, chasing

Pencil grip

Building and manipulating with blocks and lego

Movement and spatial relations

Social Competence

Not excessively dependant on adults

Have the capacity to empathise

Positive relationships with peers

Display a capacity for humour

Assert themselves appropriately

Enter discussions, take turns, show interest and compromise

Invite others to play and work

Finish a task and tidy up afterwards

Takes care of own belongings

Creative Arts




Dance and movement

Clay and dough modelling

Rhythm and tone

Emotional Adjustment

Being able to cope without their parent/guardian

Being able to sit and listen, do as adults ask, follow basic instructions and concentrate for a short period

Being able to express feelings in acceptable ways

Be able to focus on a task

Able to follow directions

Cope with transitions

Understand, follow and formulate rules

Cognitive Skills

Intellectually inquisitive and able to use language to communicate

Eagerness to learn and keenness to participate

Learning to think, reason, question, experiment and problem solve

Initiate play from their own ideas and extend their own interests

Use reflective thinking

Information Technology

Use props as imaginary technologies

Use computers to play games

Understand the use of a keyboard and mouse

Investigate literacy and numeracy-based games with others

General Skills

Natural curiosity

Dressing self-including buttons and zips

Independent toileting and hand washing

Use playground equipment safely

daily routine

These times are a guide only and are always flexible in response to the changing needs, individual routines and developmental needs of the children within the junior pre school room.


7:00am   Carabella opens

7:00 – 8:00   Breakfast is served

8:15 – 8:45   Group One: Outside     Group Two: Carpet area      Group Three: Tiled area

8:45 – 9:15   Indoor Learning Experiences

9:15 – 10:55   Indoor / Outdoor play

9:45 – 10:15   Morning Tea

10:55   Pack away time

11:45   Make beds for rest time

12.00   Group Time / Music and movement

12:30pm   Lunch Time

1:30 – 2:30   Rest Time

3:00 – 3:45   Afternoon Tea

3:45 – 6:00   Outdoor Play

Want a tour?

We offer a Centre tour about once a month, with more frequent visits towards the end of the year when we offer places for the following year. Simply click the register button to find out more.