Our Programs.


Each day educators plan a variety of experiences for children based on their interests, skills, knowledge and development. Experiences are planned for individuals, small and large groups of children. Educators are present in the experience to scaffold children’s learning and respond ‘in the moment’. We also see spontaneous events, such as the discovery of a beetle, as wonderful opportunities for children’s learning.

Our programming is guided by The Early Years Learning Framework – a curriculum framework which assists educators in providing quality experiences, interactions and programs for young children. Play is seen as the most effective means of learning as it engages the whole child. Our program is also informed by children’s experiences with their families, and connections with the local community.

During the course of the day children may engage in many experiences which may include: arts and crafts, construction, puzzles and manipulatives, stories, discussion, music and movement, sand and water play, play dough and messy play, dramatic play, gardening, cooking and gross-motor play.


At Dashing Ducks Pre-School we believe play to be the best vehicle for children’s learning as it engages the child holistically. Our curriculum acknowledges that children learn individually, in groups, and with guidance from educators, families and communities. Our program is supported by the National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework.

Please also see our learning spaces for more information about our curriculum.

The National Quality Framework

The National Quality Framework is the result of the Council of Australian Government’s Reform agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care. The reform agenda supports universal access to Early Childhood Education and ensures delivery of nationally consistent and quality Early Childhood Education across sectors and jurisdictions. Read More

The Early Years Learning Framework

Describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning. The Framework also “recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy), social and emotional development.”

For more information on the Early Years Learning Framework please see:

Information for Families

Information for Families in 20 Languages

The Early Years Learning Framework