St Denis endeavours to provide a 3-year-old program within a rich learning environment that is concerned with the development of the whole child.

Our 3-year-old education program provides an introduction to schooling for children and their families and sets the foundation for future school learning. The 3-year-old education programs is only available to children who have turned three years of age.

The program is provided to the children in one full day session (9am-2.45am)

Our Philosophy for the Pre-Kindergarten Program

The program emphasis is developmental and provides children an opportunity to learn through play-based activities.

The National Early Years Learning Framework forms the foundation of the Outcomes and Aims of our 3 Year Old Program. In accordance with this Framework our practices and program will promote the following 5 Key Learning Outcomes;

  • Curriculum-3YO programChildren have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators.


The Pre-Kindergarten program aims to:

  • provide an environment supportive of the Catholic ethos which acknowledges the innate spirituality of every child, fosters the child’s ability to wonder, experience awe, overcome difficulties, love others and reflect God their creator
  • provide a happy, stimulating and supportive environment where the children feel welcome, secure and valued
  • provide a program that will cater for a wide range of developmental abilities and interests allowing children to develop to their fullest potential, spiritually, cognitively, linguistically, physically, socially and emotionally
  • provide a program that will emphasise learning as an interactional process. The child interacting with the environment, through a balance of teacher initiated or directed activities, free play and discovery learning
  • encourage children to become self-reliant and to be able to make choices
  • develop in the children the ability to communicate verbally and non-verbally their thoughts, ideas and feelings

Parents please be aware that enrolment into our 3 Year Old Programme does not guarantee your child a place for Kindergarten for the following year; you will still need to go through the normal enrolment process for Kindergarten.