Our ELC is a nurturing and supportive environment where three, four and five year-olds can grow and develop their love of learning and foster their natural curiosity. Our program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, which is based on the idea that a child who is happy will learn best. Building strong foundations for individual learning maintains our focus on belonging, well-being, expression, and engagement of the whole child.
As children approach school age, we focus on extending their abilities, challenging their thinking and developing their confidence to make their transition to the main school something which children can approach with confidence. Our core values of Being, Belonging, and Becoming ensure that we promote the development of positive qualities for well-rounded children.
Our team of passionate educators believe the most powerful way that children learn is through play, delivered by high quality programs and aesthetically inviting play spaces. We value and place great importance on collaborative group work and the sharing of thoughts and ideas. Learning projects are creative, inviting and challenging, allowing the children to build on existing knowledge and make new discoveries.
Our time together will see the children discover many things about themselves, others and the world around them. Throughout the week the children participate in specialist programs of physical education, music and library. Our immersive Greek language program delivers authentic language learning through child initiated interests, play and engaging activities. Our bush adventure program values the benefits of nature play for children in our school grounds and surrounds. Children have opportunities to learn from local Darebin Rangers and Wurundjeri elders, immersing themselves in nature play in our school grounds and surrounds.
We hope your child’s time with us in the Early Learning Centre is positive and enriching, a place where children develop a lifelong love of learning.