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STEM in early childhood

Building skills and interest in STEM learning starts in the early years. Young children are natural scientists as they notice their world, test their ideas and share discoveries through a sense of wonder and play.

Educators use the Early Years Learning and Development framework to develop foundational skills in STEM. The framework helps children to:

  • develop diverse skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  • transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
  • find meaning in their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
  • express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  • begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work
  • use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking.

As the most important people in a child’s life, parents can also make a difference by exploring STEM learning at home.

STEM Learning Team

Phone: 8463 5926
EmailEducation.STEM [at] sa.gov.au