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

Book Week 2020

Book Week 2020

This year we began our preparations for Book Week at the end of Term 3. Each student was given a mask to decorate. These were ...
Rex in the ELC

Rex in the ELC

Rex, our resident Eastern Blue Tongue lizard, has taken his summer holiday early with an extended visit to the Early Learning Centre. Primary student animal ...
A Day at Red Wing Farm

A Day at Red Wing Farm

What a fabulous day we had exploring one of the wonders of our local community. On our arrival we were greeted by Anita, who talked ...
Continuity of Learning

Continuity of Learning

It has been exciting time for the Early Years children and staff at Central Yorke School, with the Reception children having timetabled lessons on a ...
ELC Library Lessons

ELC Library Lessons

ELC students visit the School Community Library each week to explore the library, borrow books and work with teacher-librarian Pat Hasting. Library visits are a ...
Playgroup Is Back

Playgroup Is Back

It is wonderful to be able to offer our Playgroup program to families again. It has been great to reconnect with existing families as well ...
The Importance of Mud

The Importance of Mud

“In relation to children and play, mud should not be viewed as mess – but a key ingredient to childhood.”  Jason Tyndall Nature Play SA ...
Worms & Minibeasts

Worms & Minibeasts

Educators and children are excited to make a start on revamping our outdoor learning environment. The much awaited rain has proven to be the motivation we ...
Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week

Wednesday the 27th of May marks the beginning of Reconciliation week. The theme for National Reconciliation Week for 2020 is ‘In this together’. The National ...