For a ‘snapshot’ of ELC life please click on the photo above.
Life in the ELC is all about the children, their interests and their individual learning needs. Drawing from the best and latest Early Childhood educational philosophies and practices, the ELC’s play based programme encourages each child to become an active participant, deeply engaged in driving their own learning journey. Children are supported to pursue their own interests and explore new and stimulating experiences, whilst developing independence, resilience and confidence.
Play is fun, but it is also serious learning. Our play based programme offers children the opportunity to engage in the world in real ways, through exploration and experimentation. Children learn how to make choices and respond to situations as competent human beings as they use their executive functions of making decisions and taking responsibility.
In every part of our day the children’s curious natures are encouraged and fostered. Questions like “How do they make shaving cream?” or “Why are my shoes a different size to my thongs?” promote amazing individual investigations. Group brainstorming leads to other explorations such as “Why are dinosaurs different?” or “How does a rocket ship get into space?” Incorporating intentional and spontaneous experiences caters for a variety of learning styles and developmental abilities. A balance of free play, small and large group opportunities ensure that all children are involved and extended.
The HILLS ELC caters for children from 3½ years of age until they commence Reception. Our kindergarten program runs during school terms from 8.45am – 3.15pm and participates in the government’s Universal Access initiative, providing 4 year old children access to quality Preschool education for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
The Long Day Care Program is open from 7.30am until 6.00pm during school terms and Vacation Care is offered during school holidays. Our highly qualified staff team includes three Early Childhood trained teachers with extensive experience, as well as two Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care trained Educators. additional staff are employed to increase staffing rations to support children with specific learning needs.
Rosie Ferguson (ELC Director)