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 Update – Oral Language

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

Easter Bunny Visit

The Easter Bunny and his helpers were out and about at CYS on the last day of the term, handing … ...

Loose parts construction

What are loose parts and why do our children (and educators) love them so much? T he loose parts in … ...

ELC – Loose Parts building

The ELC students were in construction mode this week and made good use of the Loose Parts stockpile to build … ...

ELC Sunflower learning

he ELC has been growing sunflowers and some of them are huge! Students explored the flowers and developed their fine … ...

Principal’s Welcome to CYS

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Central Yorke School. As a school community we pride ourselves on providing … ...

ELC First Day Back 2022

It’s been all go in the ELC for the start of 2022 with our children busy interacting socially, building relationships … ...

Commencement of the 2022 School Year

The start of the 2022 school year has been adjusted to help minimise the peak of COVID-19 cases in South … ...

Glenn the Junkman Visit

On Tuesday the 16th of November we were lucky enough to have Glenn the Junkman come and visit us for … ...