St Joseph’s has a strong focus on play-based learning in our early childhood classrooms.


At St Joseph’s School, we offer high-quality early childhood education for children from the age of three years onwards. Our early childhood programs allow children to develop at their own rate, following their own interests with a strong play-based foundation.

Each child is a precious and sacred gift who possesses their own unique talents and abilities. Our program enables our children to experience the joy and wonder of the world in a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment. Our program takes into account each child’s aptitude to learn through a variety of learning experiences, including a balance of teacher-initiated or directed activities and exploratory and investigative play. Children are directly involved and active in their learning; discussing what they know, what they would like to know and what they have learnt.

We believe that all children are strong, competent and unique. We aim to develop a positive attitude to learning and a thirst for knowledge while providing a happy, stimulating and supportive environment where children feel welcome, secure and valued.

At St Joseph’s, early years education is based on:

  • Our Catholic faith being central to all that we do.
  • The education of our students is grounded in Gospel values.
  • The voice of the child is paramount.
  • Embracing a sense of community.
  • Working in partnership with parents.
  • Play-based and inquiry-based learning approaches that encourage children to engage and challenge their learning in a range of environments and contexts.
  • The understanding that learning is intentional and should be centred around children’s interests and wondering about the world.
  • The process of learning is more important than the product.
  • Educators modelling questioning and the inquiry process across all aspects of learning.
  • Listening to encourage children to test theories, justify reasoning, assist in developing plans, etc.
  • The Early Years Learning Framework, the Western Australia Curriculum, the Kindergarten Guidelines and the National Quality Standards are used as a basis for planning within a Catholic context.


Please take a look at our Virtual School Tour to see how we structure our classroom and outdoor spaces for play-based learning experiences.

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