Educator to child ratio: 1-3
Our yellow room caters for children aged 0 – 3 years of age. The room is led by a Diploma qualified educator who has many years of experience working with and planning stimulating, high quality educational experiences for this age range.
Our ratio of 1 educator to 3 children exceeds the regulatory requirements for early childhood services and therefore allows our educators greater opportunity to give each child the attention and care that they deserve.
Our daily program focuses on offering experiences that support the development of each child’s language, social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. The experiences we provide are designed to be fun, captivating and enjoyable as we know that, for children, this is when the best engagement and learning happens. Throughout the day, we observe each child closely and tune-in to their particular needs and interests to inform our learning program.
We are located in a culturally diverse community and our educators reflect this diversity. We have many educators who are bilingual and we have ready access to translation services where needed.
Parents, grandparents and carers are all welcome at the service at any time throughout the day.
Blue Room (3 to 4 years) and Green room (4 to 5 years)
Our 3 year old kinder program is in the Blue room and our 4 year old kinder program is in the Green room.
Educator to child ratio: 1–10
The preschool years are an exciting time during a child’s learning and development. It is important to recognize that the preschool experience offers an important educational program in its own right, it is not only about preparation for school.
Within a high quality preschool program children learn many valuable life skills including: how to develop friendships, how to make good choices, a capacity for self-regulation, resilience, an ability to empathise with others and how to be responsible citizens within a community of learners. Alongside the development of these prosocial skills, children will develop pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills that will be foundational to their future academic success.
Our preschool programs offer inspirational learning environments which present children with opportunities to explore, discover, experiment, imagine, create, and solve-problems through an approach that is responsive to each child’s individual needs and interests.
The preschool programs offered in the ELC are delivered by fully qualified early childhood teachers in both the Blue and Green rooms together with a team of highly qualified co-educators. The programs initiated for the children are guided by the national early years learning framework and the Victorian early years learning and development framework.
Our ratio of 1 educator to 10 children exceeds the regulatory requirements for early childhood services and therefore allows our educators greater opportunity to give each child the attention and care that they deserve.
A typical day
Our days in the ELC are loosely organized around routines and a schedule that may vary slightly across each room. A degree of predictability across the week supports children to develop a sense of security and belonging within the learning environment. They are able to predict how their day will progress and develop their capacity to organize their time within it. Our days are specifically designed to allow children prolonged periods of time and opportunity to extend their own learning in accordance with their interests and with the support of their educators.
Elements of the schedule include:
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack
Shared group times for singing, drama and stories
PMP sports program (Blue and Green rooms only)
Library story time visits
The most significant predictor of school readiness and successful transition to school is a child’s social and emotional maturity. Surprisingly for many parents, it is not that a child can write their name, count to ten, recall the names of colours and shapes or recognize the letters of the alphabet. A child can know all of these things, but if they are not emotionally and socially ready for the school environment they will struggle to remain focused and learn.
The preschool program we offer helps children to develop their social and emotional skills. They learn to:
Communicate with others to express their needs, thoughts and ideas
Retain and follow instructions
Share and take turns with materials and resources
Self-regulate their emotions and interact with others in a prosocial manner
Be helpful, kind and considerate of others
Be inquisitive and curious about the world around them
Throughout their time in Blue and Green rooms, our educators take the children on regular visits to the school to attend a PMP sports program and story time at the library. A music teacher from the school attends the ELC once a week to provide a music program across all three rooms.
As we progress toward the end of the year, our Prep teachers come to the ELC to spend time with the children and the ELC teachers take the children across to the Prep rooms. This allows the children to get to know the Prep teachers and to become familiar with the Prep learning environment. In fourth term, a transition to school program is provided for parents and children who will be enrolling in the Colleges Prep-Year 9 program.