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Early Learning Centre

Our sequential programs for three-, four-, and five-year-old children are influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education and aim to match and challenge each child's developing abilities and interests.

Our enquiry-based project approach embraces the many languages of childhood and encourages children to become enthusiastic participants, actively contributing to their own learning.

Children are encouraged to make discoveries, develop theories, imagine, explore and interpret. The programs also promote a love of learning, independence, co-operation and confidence.

Access to Junior School facilities, resources and specialist staff complements the programs for the three-year-old kindergarten and four-year-old pre-prep children. Music, library, computers, the perceptual motor program, swimming, visiting performers and excursions further enhance the learning environment for our pre-schoolers.

The program for children under three years of age aims to develop the skills of independence, listening, communication and sharing. The emphasis is on sensory exploration and unstructured activities, through which children can explore fully their own creativity. Indoor and outdoor activities are balanced throughout the day and further encourage development in cognitive, social, emotional and gross and fine motor areas.

A Partnership with Parents

Parents and families are always welcome at the Early Learning Centre. Our ‘open-door' policy encourages parents to visit the Centre to discuss their child's progress at any time. Parent Information Evenings are held to provide opportunities for discussion of various aspects of early childhood development and education. These consolidate the vital links between the home and the Centre. The benefits of a mutually supportive relationship between the home and the Centre cannot be over-emphasised, as children develop confidence and healthy understanding of themselves and others in a social context which respects and recognises individual differences.