The Early Years (ELC)

At the Early Learning Centre (ELC) teaching and learning is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) framework and the Australian National Early Years Learning Framework.

In addition to that, we infuse our daily activities with the Reggio Emilia approach. This is a specialised philosophy focused on preschool education. It is student centred and builds a love of learning. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and self-discovery.

Our aim is to extend and enrich children’s learning from two to five years and ensure a smooth transition to Foundation Year.

We believe that our program provides all children the best start in life, equipping them with knowledge and skills to create a better future for themselves and for their world.

Our Early Years program has a specific emphasis on inquiry and play-based learning.

It recognises the importance of communication, along with social and emotional development. Play-based learning is a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations.

We work in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators.

Our goal is that all our young students become:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident and creative individuals
  • Active and informed citizens

Children joining our ELC 2/3/4 classes participate in hands-on activities, discoveries and explorations.

We put great emphasis on authentic learning experiences; therefore, every child’s voice is heard and respected.

The children are at the centre of everything we do. We welcome interested parents. Please contact us, if you need more information.

Tiny Explorers

“Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known.” —Loris Malaguzzi, The Hundred Languages of Children

The learning environment for our Little Explorers program is designed to develop inquiring minds, whilst fostering creativity in the early years.

The focus of the Tiny Explorers Program is:

  • Expression of creativity through imaginative play, singing, dancing and art & crafts projects
  • Developing a sense of caring and kindness
  • Sensory play exploration to enhance children’s fine motor skills

In this program, parents bring their younger children between the ages of 6 months to 30 months old. We meet every Wednesday from 10 – 11.30am in the Early Learning Centre.

Please refer to the school calendar for special events / no school dates.

Morning tea is provided.

Spaces in our Tiny Explorers program are limited, so contact us today to secure your spot 092 111 136 or 015 729 007 if you would like further information.

Or email admissions on [email protected]

Specialist Program in the Early Years

Our Early Years students take part in specialist program that allows them to continue their journey towards awakening their full potential. This is achieved through the exploration of Music, PE, Swimming, and Languages and Culture.

Languages and Culture

During two 20 minutes sessions every day, students are immersed in the language and traditions of both the Khmer and Chinese cultures.

Music

Students spend one 30 minute session each week listening and responding to music through the use of movement and dance. They also begin to explore how instruments can be used to recreate music and sound.

PE

During four 30 minute sessions each week, students are exposed to a range of different sports, exercises and games. This allows them to develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as a genuine love for physical activity.

Swimming

Through the use of our state of the art swimming facilities, students spend one 40 minute session each week developing an understanding of water safety and increasing their confidence in the water.