Early Learning

The John Paul II Early Learning Centre (ELC) is a beautiful newly created space that merges both the indoors and outdoors. It is specifically designed to encourage learning, engagement, creativity and exploration.

The ELC has been purposefully built for students in our Ludo Program (age three to five years), Kindergarten and Prep. The outdoor space features a stunning nature play area, which includes a sand and water table, outdoor art space, and a beautiful wooden boat where children can learn through imaginative play.

Our experienced ELC staff provide a safe and nurturing learning environment and focus on providing students with the building blocks for long term literacy success.


Ludo “I Play”

This exciting new play-based learning program caters for children aged three to five years and is designed to support children in their transition to school. John Paul II is one of the first schools in Tasmania to offer Ludo on site. Led by experienced early-years educators in our brand new facility, children learn through play and are supported emotionally and socially by our caring staff.

Ludo runs Monday to Friday from 7.00am – 6.00pm, inclusive of school holidays.



In 2023, Kindergarten runs three days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8.30am to 3.00pm. Our Kindergarten students can also access our Ludo program on Thursdays and Fridays. The curriculum for Kindergarten is the Early Years Learning Framework.



Prep is the first year of compulsory full-time schooling for students. This transitional year provides students with all the same benefits of early learning whilst slowly transitioning the students to the broader school environment.


Setup for Success

This program is offered to all families in our local community with children from birth to five years old. Families are invited to engage in a fun learning environment, where they get to know other families in our School community, whilst helping their child to develop age-appropriate skills. The program is free and runs every Friday from 9.00am to 10.30am in the ELC.