Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Welcome to the Isabella Plains Early Childhood School webpage.  I am privileged to lead IPECS as a place of learning where all young children thrive and belong.  Our school is located in the Tuggeranong district of Canberra and is one of six early childhood schools in Canberra specifically built to provide high quality education and care services for children from birth to 8 years old (year 2).  Our teaching approaches and practices are embedded with research and best practice in early childhood education where we are committed to providing children with the best start in life.  We achieve this by knowing all children and their families individually and through collaborating with each other and our families we work together to provide the best possible learning outcomes for children.

At IPECS, we believe that when we enrol a child at our we enrol a family and value strong partnerships with our families and wider community.  As an early childhood school, we have built a strong partnership with Communities@Work to provide birth to 8-year-old services.  Three core elements drive our service delivery including high quality learning, integrated service delivery and family participation and support.   We also offer a range of programs through collaboration with Kids Hope Mentors, Isabella Gardens Retirement Village, Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre and ACT Playgroups.

Our PRIDE (Play, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Effort) values are embedded in all that we do, and all children are explicitly taught and supported to demonstrate our values each day.  Through our core and specialist programs, we explicitly teach the learning skills, assets and dispositions required for 21st century learning using the framework of the 7 C’s which stand for Communication, Collaboration, Commitment, Craftsmanship, Creativity, Curiosity and Confidence.  Our specialist programs have been specifically designed to support children to develop learning assets, skills and dispositions required for 21st century global learners.  These programs include our Makerspace (ICT and STEM), Spanish and Sustainability.

Please enjoy exploring our webpage and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like a tour of our school.

Take care,

Simon Barker