Early learn­ing head start

Stirling Times - - News -

OS­BORNE Park pre-school­ers are among the first in Aus­tralia to be part of a pi­lot pro­gram teach­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, math­e­mat­ics and en­gi­neer­ing (STEM) through play-based apps and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Prince­ton Pre-school is one of 100 Aus­tralian pre-schools, and five in Perth, se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Early Learn­ing STEM Aus­tralia (ELSA) pi­lot.

The pro­gram gives chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore STEM sub­jects at an early age through hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and dig­i­tal learn­ing.

Chil­dren will have ac­cess to four play-based apps through­out the year, with one re­leased each term.

Pre-school di­rec­tor Ali­son Wade said the school was “ec­static” to be par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“STEM in the early years pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port chil­dren to build these foun­da­tion skills and habits of mind in prepa­ra­tion for for­mal school­ing and be­yond,” she said.

Stir­ling MHR Michael Keenan vis­ited stu­dents at the pre-school and said the $6 mil­lion pro­gram helped chil­dren de­velop skills in­clud­ing sort­ing and match­ing while learn­ing numbers and pat­terns.

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