Early birds

Parents, carers and families are the first and most important influence in a child’s life, instilling the attitudes and values that will support young people to participate in schooling and contribute to broader local and global communities into the future. 

Catholic schools in Tasmania recognise that supporting families is important for children and their education. As such, a number of Tasmanian Catholic schools offer the Birth to Four Years (B-4) program aimed at providing enriching experiences to families and their children prior to them commencing school.

Learning, particularly in the early years, is based on the premise that young children are actively involved in their own learning. The program supports families as they endeavor to fulfill their vital role as the primary educators of their children and allows schools to develop positive relationships with families to encourage them to become involved in their child’s education and learning.

Learning, particularly in the early years, is based on the premise that young children are actively involved in their own learning.

Opportunities for families to connect with other families can be limited by distance, work and care. The Birth to Four program aims to provide a community in which families can engage with others. The program also aims to encourage developmentally appropriate activities and enable families to support their children in developing early literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills.

The program offers families support and information, and provides them with an environment in which to interact that focuses on their child’s learning.

Families who are interested in attending B-4 should contact their local Catholic school to determine if the program is available.

Annie Nolan
Education Officer: Early Years

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