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Early Learning Centre ELC students in uniform smiling atPortside Christian College Newport Adelaide South Australia a Western Suburbs School

Early Learning Centre

What we value


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.

For more information on our Early Learning Centre or to enquire about enrolment, please contact Mrs Alison Thomson, College Registrar by email or by her direct line (08) 7071 4864.

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Join our ELC Community

To complete an application for our current Centre, located at 1 Causeway Road New Port please click the Apply now button.

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NEW Centre - Expressions of Interest

Our ELC will be moving to our new location at Marion Street Ethelton in mid 2024. To express interest in this new location please click the Expressions of interest button.


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.

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Nature Pedagogy at our Early Learning Centre


'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 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."

Claire Warden

- Nature pedagogy and experiential learning educator

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Parent Partnership at our Early Learning Centre


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.

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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.

Graphic of Story Park for online reporting at  Portside Christian College Newport Adelaide South Australia a Western Suburbs School

Portside Christian College ELC investment

The College is committed to maintaining fees that are as economical as possible for families, whilst striving to achieve excellence in every aspect of education delivery, encompassing the academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical components of your children.

Our ELC is an approved Long Day Care centre catering for students aged between three and five years. The service operates between 7:15am and 6:00pm and has a 4-week break over the Christmas holidays.

The daily fee is $116 and does not include lunches. Families may be eligible to access the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), depending on their personal circumstances.  

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Our Early Learning Centre Uniform

Need to learn more about the uniform for your child please view our full uniform information here.

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ELC handbook

Download our ELC Family Handbook to find out all you need to know about the Portside ELC experience. 

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Our New Centre

Due for completion in 2024

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