Early learning programs

DIS early learning programs use a progressive play-based experiential interactive learning model. Curriculum in the early years programs is based on  The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia that aligns with the Australian Curriculum

The importance of play in early childhood

Experiential learning researchers are in universal agreement that there is a strong link between play and learning for young children.  As children learn through purposeful, high quality play experiences, they are building critical foundational skills for cognitive development and academic achievement. These include verbalization, language comprehension, increased vocabulary, imagination, questioning, problem solving, observation, empathy, co-operation skills, and learning another’s perspective. Play is a vital part of a child’s life for optimal development, socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally. 


Playgroup at DIS is suitable for children from 12 months to 3 years old. Playgroup operates Monday to Friday from 9.00 am until 12.00 pm on a ‘drop in’ basis. Children may attend from one to five sessions each week. There is no requirement to pre-book and children pay as they attend. The cost is $14.00 per session. Invoices are not issued.

Playgroup activity is based on the principles of The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.
Children at DIS learn through play, which is central to all DIS early learning programs. We encourage active creative play and provide a range of activities to encourage your child’s physical, social and creative development.

Playgroup is not a ‘child-care’ center.

Our playgroup coordinators and their assistants facilitate activities but children must be accompanied and cared for by an adult. There are a few positions available each day for older more independent children to attend unaccompanied, but prior agreement must be made with playgroup coordinators.

At the end of the session, children will be collected from the playgroup room and children will only be handed over to persons known to staff.

Children are required to bring a healthy snack, a hat, change of clothes and have sunscreen and mosquito repellent applied at home. This can be reapplied throughout the session upon parental request. We encourage you and or your nanny to comply with our nappy change policy that is displayed on the change room wall. Please let staff know if your child is in the process of ‘toilet training’.

Form more information please look over our Playgroup Information Booklet

Last update: March 7, 2015