Early Learning

We understand that children are active investigators seeking ways to make meaning of their world. Our program is designed to encourage exploration, investigation and play both in and outdoors.

Supporting your child’s curiosity

At Toorak College, we understand that children are inquisitive and curious in nature; constantly seeking ways to make meaning of their world. We appreciate that the early years of schooling are the foundations on which children develop habits, participate without reservation and prosper in a breadth of experiences that serve them well for the rest of their lives. It is a unique stage where young minds learn and see things for the first time.

Our Early Learning program is influenced by the principles and practices of Reggio Emilia, in which children are recognised as capable and resourceful. Through a balance of play-based learning and intentional, explicit teaching, we instil in our students a sense of excitement and natural curiosity about the world, giving them the courage to explore, investigate, discover, create and grow.

Each day our children experience a plethora of play-based activities and the explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy that meet the needs and attention span of three and four-year-olds.

We complement our program with a diverse range of specialist classes that assist in developing each child’s academic and personal growth. These classes run each week and are taught by specialist teachers:


Science, Robotics, Construction and Technology

Creative Arts

Visual Art, Movement and Out and About

Performing Arts

Music, Drama and Dance

Language and Cultural Appreciation

Mandarin and Library

Health and Wellbeing

Physical Education, PMP, Mindfulness and Nutrition

Early Learning Programs

Benefits of Early Learning at Toorak College include:

  • Introduction to early years Literacy and Numeracy programs.
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and specialist teachers.
  • Action in the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) in our Dance Studio.
  • Exploring the love of literature in the Wardle House Library.
  • Using a variety of art techniques in our Art Studio.
  • Further development of a sense of belonging through our Buddy Program with our older students.
  • Extended Day care.

Our challenging and engaging learning programs also promote an inquiring mind and encourage children to be active community members.

For more detail on Early Learning at Toorak College, download our Early Learning Student Experience brochure today.

Find out more about our co-curricular offerings or come and see our School for yourself. Book a tour today!

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We also offer a Playgroup program designed for children aged 2 and 3 years old. Find out more.