Early Learning Centre

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 Policies

ELC Parent Information

You can download more information about the ELC’s policies and programs below. The CYS Parent Information guide includes B-12 information, policies, curriculum and procedures.

ELC News

Music Is Fun Band 2019

Music Is Fun Band 2019

  The fabulous ‘Music Is Fun Band’ visited CYS on Thursday May 23 and along with the Maitland Lutheran School and Ardrossan Area School we
ELC Nature Play

ELC Nature Play

The children have been waiting in anticipation to access the new Nature Play Area. The development of this area has had the children quite curious
Term 2 | Week 2-3 Video Roundup

Term 2 | Week 2-3 Video Roundup

Term 2 | Week 2-3 Video Roundup Term 2, Weeks 2-3 Video Roundup of school sport, activities, events and learning. Posted by Central Yorke School
Mothers’ Day High Tea

Mothers’ Day High Tea

The CYS Mothers Day High Tea on Wednesday May 8 saw over eighty mums enjoy a morning of classroom activities with their children, entertainment from
Rain, Rain Glorious Rain!

Rain, Rain Glorious Rain!

The wet weather gear has been dusted off and put to good use over the past week. In the ELC we value children having opportunities
Term 2 | Week 1 Video Roundup

Term 2 | Week 1 Video Roundup

  Term 2, Week 1 Video Roundup It was back to school this week, with seminars, literacy actviities, new school signs and the (unofficial!) opening
Mothers Day High Tea

Mothers Day High Tea

We’re opening up the classrooms on Wednesday May 8 for all our CYS mums, grannies, aunties and carers so they can receive a special pampering
ELC Visit to Point Pearce Campus

ELC Visit to Point Pearce Campus

To promote greater collaboration and creating stronger connections between the two campuses of Central Yorke School, the Early Learning Centre and Reception class visited the
Supportive Playgroups

Supportive Playgroups

The ELC continues to offer a Supportive Playgroup to children and their families on a Friday morning 9am to 11am during term time. The cost