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

First day back at Kindy, Term 3

First day back at Kindy, Term 3

It was wonderful to see the return of children and families to the preschool program on Tuesday. Children had a busy day exploring the environment ...
Simultaneous Reading Day

Simultaneous Reading Day

The CYS K-6 students celebrated Simultaneous Reading Day on May 19. They joined over one million readers across Australia to hear astronaut Shannon Walker read ...
Learning to Read

Learning to Read

Learning to read is one of the most fundamental skills children need to develop to ensure their success in learning. Reading is a complex process ...
ELC News – Week 5

ELC News – Week 5

The ELC Philosophy Our Centre philosophy underpins all that we do in the Early Learning Centre and states the importance of relationships and play in ...
ELC First Day Back 2021

ELC First Day Back 2021

Welcome to our 2021 Early Learning Centre families. Wednesday was a first day for many children in the Early Learning Centre. We had a fantastic ...
Kindy Graduation 2020

Kindy Graduation 2020

The Early Learning Centre celebrated their Graduation on Tuesday 8th December. I would like to thank the children and tell each of them how proud ...
Retirement Village Visit

Retirement Village Visit

During Week 7, the ELC students made Christmas Cards and wrote letters to the residents of the Maitland Retirement Village. On Monday November 30, we ...
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 ...