Children learn in many ways, including through observation, interaction, play and real-life experiences. Play or active learning, is the central component of the preschool program. It is the fundamental medium for young children's learning and is central to an effective preschool curriculum. It is natural activity for the children through which they make meaning of the world around them.
The preschool program is planned to cater for each child's interests and needs, and to foster development of certain abilities, attitudes and skills which will assist their educational development. The preschool program remains flexible, integrated, challenging and open ended, thus permitting teacher and children the choice of engaging in a variety of integrated play based experiences across the Foundation Learning Areas:
- Sense of self and others,
- Health and physical understanding,
- Social living and learning,
- Cultural understanding, and,
- Understanding environments.
At preschool, children are encouraged to:
- Develop self-confidence and self-help skills
- Use language to communicate with others
- Form basic concepts which help them understand their world
- Share and co-operate with others
- Develop positive attitudes towards learning
- Develop skills and abilities
- Make friends
- Learning skills of building relationships with individuals and groups in various contexts.