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

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 ...
Term 2 Schooling Update

Term 2 Schooling Update

An email and SMS will be going out to all parents regarding attendance for next week. If you could answer it immediately, then that would ...
Term 2, 2020

Term 2, 2020

Download as a PDF Dear Parents and Caregivers, Firstly, let me start by saying thank you to our school community for the support you have ...
Sportsday 2020

Sportsday 2020

Sportsday was held on Friday the 6th of March and it was a fantastic day of competition. Thanks to Sue Price for her inspirational opening ...
Ask Me About…

Ask Me About…

You may have noticed around the ELC visual learning displays with questions which prompt, Ask Me About… The purpose of this is to support children’s ...
Kindy Science

Kindy Science

What an interesting start to the year we’ve had. Jill our new teacher bought in some different types of gumnuts, seed pods and a birds ...
Welcome Families!

Welcome Families!

We welcome the following preschool children and their families in 2020: Max, Aneira, Hamish, Josie, George B, Jacob, Ivy, Esther, Halle, Dwayne, Etta, Samuel, Chloe, ...