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.

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ELC News

Harmony Week 2023

Harmony Week is celebrated each year in the week that includes March 21 – the special “United Nations International Day …...

Maitland Show 2023

As a community focus school, it is important we support community events such as the Maitland Show. Our strong presence …...

ELC Week 6

This week we visited the ELC just in time for the end of Fruit Time on the rugs. After, the …...

Chief Executive and Minister’s Visit

Last week CYS was fortunate to host both the Chief Executive of the Department for Education, Professor Martin Westwell and …...

ELC Update

We caught up with the Kindy children today as they put on their sunscreen and ate lunch.       …...

ELC First Day Back

The ELC students went back to Kindy on Tuesday. Along with the new children were new staff, including Anna Allen …...

Presentation Night 2022

Our 2022 Presentation Night was held on Tuesday December 13 in the school gymnasium. Community Awards After the Acknowledgement of …...

ELC Graduation

We held our Early Learning Centre Graduation on Thursday, December 8 in the Performing Arts Centre. We farewelled the children …...

Christmas On the Green 2022

With persistent rains in the preceding weeks, the 2022 Christmas On the Green was moved from the green of the …...

ELC Performing Arts

In our Week 10 ELC Performing Arts lesson we used puppets and pretended we were giants, played a huge xylophone …...