Welcome to the Central Yorke Early Learning Centre.

The Educators at the Central Yorke Early Learning Centre believe and develop their practices and pedagogy around the child being the centre of everything we do. We believe that all children’s wellbeing, culture and dispositions for learning are supported through relationships and play and that children are competent and capable learners who need to be challenged in their learning.

ELC Philosophy: The value of play

The value of play is reflected in our Centre philosophy and in our daily program. Play:

  • Is children’s work.
  • Occurs and has equal value in both the outdoor and indoor learning environments
  • Occurs in environments which are inviting and engaging through the use of inspiring spaces
  • Is supported and maximised through periods of uninterrupted play.
  • Is supported through open ended learning experiences
  •  Is supported through the nature play pedagogy
  •  Is promoted by Educators who are advocates for children’s play.
  •  Is supported through the use of loose parts both natural and manufactured materials.
  •  Is supported through authentic materials and resources.

ELC Relationships

The value of relationships is also reflected in our Centre philosophy and in our daily program. Relationships:

  • Are vital in children feeling safe, secure and supported.
  • Underpin children’s learning and development
  • Are reciprocal by working together with children and families
  • Are strengthened and developed through a welcoming environment
  • Are developed by respecting and working with the community through community involvement and engagement.
  • Are a way of respecting the culture of children and families
  • Create a sense of belonging for children, families and educators.
  • Between educators are respectful supports their own and others wellbeing.

ELC Programs

The Early Learning Centre offers a range of programs for children and families birth to 12 years of age. These programs include, the Preschool Program, Rural Care Program and Playgroup.

ELC Parent Circulars

ELC News

ELC Performing Arts

In our Week 10 ELC Performing Arts lesson we used puppets and pretended we were giants, played a huge xylophone … ...

Fostering Whole School Relationships

Relationships is one of the three school values at Central Yorke School. Why relationships? Relationships support and influence a child/student ...

ELC Whale Drums

The ELC worked with Mr Tuck today making whale songs on the new set of Djembe drums. Students improvised rhythms, … ...

Writing In the Early Years

Children engage in ‘writing’ in the early years, through mark making, scribbling, drawing, painting and experimenting with the formation of … ...

CYS Musical – Hat Trick

Musicals have become a much-anticipated feature on the school calendar and are an integral part of the school commitment to … ...

Continuity of Learning

CYS children have the unique opportunity to begin their learning journey with us from Birth through to Year 12. The … ...

Healthy Eating

At Central Yorke School we recognise the importance of healthy eating in supporting children and teens to grow and learn. … ...

ELC Outdoor learning Upgrades

We are excited to share our new upgrades to the outdoor learning environment. Over the holidays we were fortunate to … ...

ELC Update – Oral Language

Oral language has been a focus for our children in their development over the course of the term to foster … ...