Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Music connects language and social skills

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher greets parents as they bring children to preschool. He supports children as they engage with play activities. His warm, gentle manner is evident as he creates a climate of inclusion and quiet enjoyment. He uses music to invite children to join the group and engages them in songs and circle games where they practice English language and learn to follow instructions and work together. He reads a story to introduce concepts about similarities, differences and opposites. The teacher meets with a parent to discuss their child’s learning and development over the year and to plan for his transition to school.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.1
Support student participation
Career stage
Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.5
Report on student achievement
Career stage
Report clearly, accurately and respectfully to students and parents/carers about student achievement, making use of accurate and reliable records.
  1. How can you help students to settle in quickly, attend to tasks and engage with others?
  2. How could you use story and song to build students’ language understanding and use?
  3. What are the most effective ways to create and maintain supportive relationships with families that enhance students’ learning?
Atherton Gardens Preschool
Year level
Early Childhood
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Atherton Gardens Preschool is located in the City of Yarra in inner-suburban Melbourne. In this linguistically and culturally diverse setting, most children and their families have English as a Second Language. The teacher therefore focuses on fostering students’ language learning and social skills and puts considerable effort into building strong, trusting relationships with families and the community. He has developed effective strategies to involve parents in their child's learning as well as to report on each student's progress.

Content provider
Early Childhood Australia (ECA)

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