The Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides a positive and enthusiastic introduction to education for boys and girls between the ages of three and five years. The program operates five days a week and offers a full day program. Children can attend for five days, three days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) or two days (Tuesday and Thursday).
The ELC offers a safe, creative and challenging environment which encourages children to explore this secure setting in their own time and at their own pace.
Preference is given to families in order of enrolment. Children commencing in the Three Year Old Group must have had their third birthday by 31 January in the year of entry and children entering the Four Year Old Group must have had their fourth birthday by 31 January in the year of entry. We encourage parents to discuss their child’s particular requirements with teaching staff before commencement.
Before and After Care Programs complement the ELC Program to maintain a balanced day for the children and to accommodate the needs of working parents.
The children become an integral part of the school and this is enhanced by their participation in specialist classes such as Music, Library and Physical Education, and a Buddy Program with the Year 3 boys.
All boys at the ELC will have a place in Prep at Trinity if desired.
Our day is structured in such a way to allow lots of time for uninterrupted play both indoors and outdoors, time for group experiences such as music, movement, stories and discussions as well as specialist classes.
We have long recognised that the children with whom we work come to the Early Learning Centre with many well-established skills, with great enthusiasm for learning, and an interest in their new environment and new friends.
They come to enjoy the experience of developing friendships within the group – and with new adults – to be joyful, to experience humour in different situations and to have fun.
First hand experiences form the basis of our educational program and are our “tools for learning”. It is an interactive environment where children are encouraged to choose and direct much of their own learning. The environment is set with clearly defined areas of interest and equal importance is placed on both the indoor and outdoor environments. This makes choices clearer for the children and enhances their concentration.
The most important goal of our curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging them to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners.
The activities we plan for children, the projects they initiate and we encourage and support, the way we organise the environment, select experiences and activities, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a positive start to school.
The play based program is planned, organised and supported by early childhood teachers and staff. It takes into account the varying developmental skills and needs of each child and also builds upon the many strengths and skills they bring to the Early Learning Centre.
Parents and extended family members are valued for the rich contributions they make – whether this is sharing skills, ideas and particular interests, providing raw materials or assisting on a daily basis in the Early Learning Centre.
We welcome and encourage parents to participate in the programs at whatever level they choose. Some prefer to be actively involved, assisting children with different projects, reading stories, cooking or sharing special interests they may have.
All children love to have mum, dad or a grandparent spending time in their special place, and their involvement provides further enrichment to the children’s experiences.
Links Within the School
Our aim in being actively involved in the wider school community is to develop in the children a true sense of “belonging” and being valued members of such a community. On many occasions we have welcomed the Headmaster, the two Deputy Heads and the Head of the Junior School who all enjoy opportunities to share special experiences with the children. These interactions give senior staff opportunities to observe the growing skills and abilities of young children and clearly show the children they are important within the whole school environment.