Early Learning Centre
What we value
AT PORTSIDE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
Our Early Learning Centre provides a warm, nurturing and challenging environment for children from the age of 3.
Our team of trained educators are committed to presenting a rich learning experience for 48 weeks of the year, where children develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually as unique human beings.
We embrace our families in supporting their children to transition from home to a new learning community, and we guide children to establish learning behaviours and relationships that are life impacting.
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ABOUT PORTSIDE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
Meet our Director
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our Portside Christian College Early Learning Centre!
We recognise that beginning a more formal stage of education is a significant time for each child and their family and it is our pleasure to ensure this time is an exciting and positive experience.
It is our intention for children’s cognitive, social and emotional, physical and spiritual development to flourish as they experience belonging in our loving and supportive ELC family. It is our desire that families experience our community in this way and the journey of parenting is enhanced in meaningful ways.
Our caring and skilled staff interact with children and acknowledge their uniqueness and God-given potential. Each day, the children’s strengths and competencies are enhanced in our friendly and supportive learning environment.
We would love to chat with you further about what our ELC can offer your family. Please feel free to contact our Registrar Mrs Alison Thomson for more information on 08 8341 5133 or email@example.com
Parent Partnership at our Early Learning Centre
A VILLAGE RAISES A CHILD
We believe that relationships are at the heart of our pedagogy. We aspire for our ELC community to be an extension of your own family and your community. We value partnering with families and building connections as this supports children's learning and development.
At our Early Learning Centre all of our families are encouraged to be involved in their child's learning and to build relationships in our community.
We refer to each of our rooms as a 'neighbourhood' and our community as our 'ELC Family'. We embed this view through all aspects of our program.
Personalised documentation for every child
Portside Christian College Early Learning Centre uses Storypark to manage and share information with our families. With Storypark the educators will share photos and updates with you about your child in a safe portal. Storypark enables you to communicate directly about your child with the educators.
For more information on Storypark please speak to a staff member in ELC or email us.
Nature Pedagogy at our Early Learning Centre
LEARNING FROM AND EMBRACING NATURE
'Nature pedagogy' is a term we use to describe how we embrace nature as a key way of working with children. We bring nature into our classrooms with plants and class pets and connect outdoor spaces such as our frog garden, mangroves and excursions to local areas.
"Nature play has proven benefits of outdoor play ranging from a great sense of wellbeing and better self discipline to improved concentration, imagination and social skills."
- Nature pedagogy and experiential learning educator
Reggio Emilia Approach at our Early Learning Centre
Our integrated play-based program is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, which we interpret from a Biblical worldview within our Australian context. This approach offers children time and opportunity to explore, discover, question and predict as they wonder, imagine and create.
We use Reggio Emilia to frame our thinking and learning approach, to observe what children know and are curious about, and to understand what challenges them.
Our New Building
Due for completion in 2024
All ELC details in this handbook
Download our ELC Family Handbook to find out all you need to know about the Portside ELC experience.
View fees for Portside Christian College ELC
Need to learn more about fees for your child please view our full fee schedule here.
Our Early Learning Centre Uniform
Need to learn more about the uniform for your child please view our full uniform information here.