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 2019

Book Week 2019

What a great assembly we had for this year’s Book Week! Congratulations to the Early Learning Centre for dancing to explain their book ‘Heads and ...
Parent Opinion Survey

Parent Opinion Survey

In order to make sure that our school is meeting the needs of our families, I am looking at getting some feedback from families about ...
Father’s Day

Father’s Day

On Thursday August 28 we had our annual Father’s Day morning with open classrooms, Ag display and BBQ. It was great to see that so ...
Night At the Museum

Night At the Museum

The Maitland Museum hosted over two hundred visitors on the evening of August 21 for Central Yorke School’s 2019 Project Based Learning Expo. The aptly ...
Night At the Museum (Principal’s Report)

Night At the Museum (Principal’s Report)

Out Project Based Learning curriculum culminated last Wednesday night with “A Night at the Museum”, held at the Maitland Museum. The students have been working ...
Fantastic Start to Term 3.

Fantastic Start to Term 3.

The start of Term 3 has been a fantastic one. It has been wonderful to have Miss Kath back in the R-2 Class after her ...
Is My Child Ready For School?

Is My Child Ready For School?

The pressure on our four year olds to be reaching and attaining a certain academic level to ensure they are ‘ready for School’ is growing ...
ELC Term 3 | Week 1

ELC Term 3 | Week 1

The Kindy students were back to school this week, full of energy and enthusiasm. The chilly weather made some indoor activities popular but didn’t deter ...
Open Day

Open Day

Our 2019 Open Day was a huge success with over eighty parents taking the opportunity to explore the ELC, classrooms and outdoor facilities. There were ...