Early Childhood

Parent Handbook coming soon

Our Philosophy

At Allendale Primary School, we believe that a quality educational program should build on children’s individual strengths, ideas, culture, abilities and interests to develop the whole child. At Allendale, children in the early years will have every opportunity to learn and succeed through a blend of explicit/direct instruction, meaningful play, engaging activities, hands on experiences and in innovative learning environments where they are required to make decisions, problem solve and extend their thinking. 


We believe that: 

  • Children should be nurtured, supported and feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. 
  • Children should feel safe, supported, heard and trusted through positive relationships between children and staff. 
  • It is important to have inclusive practices that support the needs, rights and dignity of every child. 
  • Partnerships with families, early intervention with external agencies and connections to the local community are crucial to support children’s success and development. 


We believe that: 

  • It is important that programs in the early years have a balanced combination of explicit instruction and intentional learning experiences which prepare students for literacy and numeracy success in life;
  • Evidence and research based instruction will set up our students for success;
  • A quality program views children as capable and competent learners who have agency and engage with an inquiry-based integrated program;
  • Children need to be taught to identify and regulate their emotions to build resilience, empathy and respect;
  • As reflective educators we will continue to develop innovative practices. 

Learning Environment

We believe that: 

  • Student creations and voice are integral features of classrooms to evoke a sense of pride and belonging; 
  • Students will show respect and care for the physical and learning environment around them;
  • Flexible learning spaces will promote inquiry, differentiation and research based practices;
  • The environment should provide children with opportunities to learn new skills that promote agency, 
    problem solving, risk taking, curiosity, inquiry and collaboration.