Kindy & Pre-primary

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At our Darlington Campus, students in our Kindergarten and Pre-primary benefit from small class sizes, specialised teaching staff and a purpose built Early Learning Centre (ELC). Everything is designed to bring out the best in each individual child.

Learning is underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework and the West Australian Curriculum, focusing on the concepts of  Belonging, Being and Becoming:

‘We are learning how to belong in the ELC and our school, exploring being three-year-olds to six-year-olds and becoming confident participants in our ever-changing world.’

Teachers follow the International Baccalaureate  Primary Years Programme* to provide a play-based, inquiry approach to learning that emphasises fundamental skills in literacy, numeracy and physical development, creativity and social skills.

The ELC teachers work collaboratively to give the students a greater range of experiences. The Kindergarten and Pre-primary students play together outdoors in our ‘big back yard’, which scaffolds their social and emotional development. ELC students are also involved in combined events throughout the year, building relationships between students, teachers and families.

We recognise that it is through play that young children construct meaning and define themselves as members of a learning community, and it is this that enables ELC students to enter Year 1 confident in their ability to learn, make friends and enjoy school.

For more information about the Early Learning Centre, please read through our parent handbooks or call us on 9298 9100.

Kindy – Parent Handbook

Pre-primary – Parent Handbook

  • Helena College is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. Visit our PYP page to learn more or for further information about the IB and its programmes, visit
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