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Early Years Services (Birth to Five Years)

Children's learning in their earliest years sets important foundations for life.

When their natural curiosity in the world around them flourishes, there are significant benefits to their communication, confidence and language development.

Our early years services will partner with your family as your child continues to grow as a creative and competent person.

We know your family is unique, that's why our early years services come in many shapes and sizes...

Supported Playgroups in Catholic Education (SPiCE)

SPiCE playgroups are run by a trained coordinator one or two sessions a week in schools. SPiCE is based on the successful Learning Together program which uses a strengths-based approach to engaging with families.

The focus of SPiCE is on literacy and numeracy development and on engaging families in their children's learning from birth.

Early Learning Centres

Early Learning Centres provide education and care on a regular basis to children before school age. Run by educators who hold approved qualifications, ELCs also allow eligible families to access the Commonwealth Government Child Care Subsidy.

Alive Catholic Early Learning Centres offer child-centred early learning for children from 6 months to 5 years. The Centres are based on educational excellence, quality staff and close relationships with families.


Preschool programs, sometimes called Kindergarten, are offered by a qualified teacher for up to 15 hours per week for each child and the curriculum is also available in early learning centres. Catholic Education South Australia has a number of dedicated preschools available to children in the year before commencing Reception. 

Occasional Care

Occasional care services offer education and care to children primarily on a part-time or casual basis for children under school age, with oversight by educators who hold approved qualifications. Our occasional care services are located in our school communities. 

Community Playgroups

Community playgroups are usually run by parents or can be run by staff from the school community. Parents and their children engage in play-based activities. These are held once or twice a week.

Little Scientists Project

The Little Scientists project promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our early years services and the first year of primary school.

Transition to Reception

Our schools welcome your child and family to the first year of primary school.

Please contact your chosen school to find out more about the Transition to Reception opportunities they provide.

Together we can make the transition into school a smoother process for both your child and your family.

Find an Early Years Service

You can search for specific Early Years Services on the directory of Catholic schools in South Australia.

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