Our ELC program has been developed from Reggio Emilia inspired practise where children are viewed as independent and capable and acknowledged as active citizens in their community.
Our small group size with a maximum of 30 children provides a play based learning environment that enables educators to offer children developmentally appropriate experiences that support and enhance their learning.
Literacy and Numeracy development occurs in all areas of children's play and is supported by programmed daily group times. Through structured literacy group times, children learn about vocabulary development and phonological awareness (rhyme, tone, segmenting parts of words and sounds). Literacy activities also include comprehension of texts and concepts of print (author, illustrator, plot, reading left to right, top to bottom of page).
Planned numeracy group times and table top activities support the developnent of counting, recognising numerals, ordinal number, spatial and directional concepts, as well as sorting and classifying.
Tegan Pollard and Katie Price
Connection to Country
We live on Ngadjuri land, we play on Ngadjuri land. The Gums Bush Block is two acres of Ngadjuri land located behind the Centre, with magnificent tall eucalypts, flowering plums, olive trees, fallen logs, creek, open grassy spaces and a meeting place. The Ngadjuri people are the group of Indigenous Australian people whose traditional lands lie in the mid north of South Australia extending from Gawler in the south to Orroroo in the north.
As part of our ELC program, children explore the Bush Block all year round to observe and experience the seasonal changes that occur in our natural environment.
On arrival in the Bush Block, educators and children come together at the meeting place, a log circle surrounding the fire pit. We sit and discuss the possible risks and hazards that may be present at each visit and ways to ensure our personal safety and the safety of others.
Once we have equipped children with these skills the children are more likely to become capable and confident risk takers as they explore their ever changing natural environment out in the bush block.