Early Learning Programs

Through each stage of the St Joseph’s Hectorville Early Learning Program, we help inspire our littlest ones into a life of curiosity. This early exposure to the school environment, can also support any fears parents may have in ensuring a smooth transition into school, and all the way through to Year 6 graduation.


Preschool is the perfect introduction to school life for your 4-year-old, and an integral part of early learning.

Our Preschool program is focussed on the child learning through play as they develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

Preschool is available Monday to Friday (during the school term) with each child eligible for 15 hours per week. Equivalent to the 15 hours is the choice of one of two group options:

  • PS Group 1 option:
    Mon, Tues 8:30am – 3pm & Wed 8:30am – 10:30am
  • PS Group 2 option:
    Wed 1pm – 3pm & Thurs & Fri 8:30am – 3pm.

Our Preschool is a vibrant and dynamic place, where strong relationships are formed between educators, children and parents, acting as an excellent way to build confidence, capability and belonging in the school environment.

“We are really impressed. It’s been great seeing how instantly comfortable our child feels and most importantly that she is happy especially with all the learning and activities she does every day.” – Preschool family

In the St Joseph’s Hectorville preschool setting, we believe that children are capable of learning individually and with others through various means. We use the Belonging, Being and Becoming Curriculum to guide this teaching.

Beginning school for our littlest learners can be daunting, but the beauty of starting their journey with our preschool ensures they have the advantage of feeling confident, safe and secure in their surroundings and the people within it.

An added bonus is that our preschool offers a mid-year intake for children who turn 4 years old from 1 May through to 31 October. This supports a family’s opportunity to ensure their child can enter the school environment and gain authentic learning experiences as soon as they are old enough.

Get in touch with our team or book in a tour here – we love hosting new visitors. Enrolments can be made online.

Occasional Care

Occasional care is available for half and full-day sessions (for children who have turned 3 years, and are toilet-trained). These sessions provide independent exploration, structured activities and hands-on learning, offering children exposure to a variety of skills and knowledge in early learning literacy, numeracy, science and social skills.

  • Morning session: 8:45am – 11:45am
  • Afternoon session: 12pm – 3pm
  • Full-day session: 9am – 3pm
“I love it and my son loves it! He always comes home happy. It’s always clean and feels good to go there.” – Occasional Care family


Our growing Playgroup program is available to children 0 to 4 years of age who are not attending Preschool. Parents and carers to work together to provide their little one with opportunities to learn, socialise and build friendships.

Playgroup is supported by our Playgroup Facilitator who will have a range of toys, activities and other resources upon request.

Sessions are held every Thursday morning during the school term from 9am – 10:30am for just $5 per family.

You can book your place via the QKR App – please report to the Front Office if you haven’t attended before.

How to set-up QKR App & Book here.

For more information, contact our Playgroup Facilitator via email playgroup@sjh.catholic.edu.au

*Please note, Playgroup is not available in 2023.