A love of learning starts at the Early Learning Centre (Pre-Kindergarten – Pre-Primary) where we welcome the opportunity to nurture and develop our youngest students, from the age of three. As we know that children learn best when they feel safe and comfortable, we deeply value the relationships with our littlest students and their parents.
Our early years program follows the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the WA Kindergarten curriculum and the WA curriculum (in Pre-Primary), developed by the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority. The EYLF describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just ‘be’ - time to play, try new things and have fun.
Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.
Our teaching and learning marries the balance between laying the foundation for literacy and numeracy and providing play-based, child-led investigations, leaving time for children to initiate their learning. We focus on providing the students with opportunities to engage in experiences that enhance their natural desire for learning through adventurous and stimulating activities. We value play and we value nature and the unique and safe setting of our ELC is perfect for students to explore, imagine and wonder.
Bushland Play is integrated throughout the Early Learning curriculum at Southern Hills Christian College. We are blessed with one of the largest outdoor learning areas in Western Australia. The students get dirty, challenge themselves and learn a lot about self-management, decision making, and risks through natural play.
It is no surprise that the atmosphere at our ELC is playful, engaging and fun. The routines and structure of the ELC prepares our students for the more formal learning of Year 1 and beyond.
We welcome parent involvement and treasure the opportunity of partnering with parents to raise their child. Parents are invaluable to the Early Learning program, and we ask you to volunteer throughout the year as a Parent Helper. This includes helping with children’s activities, cutting fruit, packing up, and joining in the fun. Children enjoy having family members visit them. It is an important part of the transition from home to school, and gives you a chance to participate in their learning.