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The Knox School Early Learning Centre

The Early Learning Centre (ELC) establishes vital foundations to ensure every child receives the best possible start to their education, catering for children from the ages of 3 to 5 years. Every day the ELC students experience a sense of wonder through a range of engaging and purposeful activities carefully considered and often student-directed. Many of these opportunities are play-based, allowing students to learn through discovery, experimentation, improvisation and imagination. During these formative years, The ELC also provides children with the building blocks that ready them for the transition into the more formal Prep schooling environment, with a focus on early Literacy and Numeracy concepts, as well as developing skills around critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

As outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the learning program in the ELC:

  • allows for the expression of personality and uniqueness
  • enhances dispositions such as curiosity and creativity
  • enables children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning
  • assists children to develop relationships and concepts
  • stimulates a sense of wellbeing.

The ELC environment fosters a strong sense of community. It aims to be an extension of the home, a place where children feel loved, accepted and secure, as well as being a place where children can grow and develop their abilities. The ELC offers children a spacious area in which to learn and play. A fully fenced playground provides a safe and attractive space out of doors, while classroom areas are large and bright. As part of the community, parents are encouraged to attend different activities in the centre, and all greatly value their involvement.

In the ELC, children are valued as individuals regarding their emotional, social, physical and intellectual development and learning programs are designed with this in mind. The program aims to assist in each child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth by offering:

  • a secure, caring, nurturing and structured environment
  • support and encouragement for the development of self-direction and self-discipline
  • a focus on caring for others and tolerance of all differences

Specialist teachers and facilities are designed to allow children to explore different opportunities and experiences early in their learning. The weekly program will include activities from:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Art
  • Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)

Please read below the age eligibility for ELC at The Knox School.

Pre-Prep 3:

  • Children must be three years of age by 31 January in the year of commencement to be eligible to enter Pre-Prep 3 at The Knox School.
  • Children can attend for a minimum of three days in Pre-Prep 3.
  • Parents may choose their required days to accommodate family needs, dependent on the availability
  • Pre-Prep hours are 8:40 am to 3:10 pm during school term

Pre-Prep 4:

  • Children entering Pre-Prep 4 should be four years of age by 30 April in the year of commencement, which is in line with the legislated regulation that children are to be at least five years of age by 30 April in the year that they can attend Prep.
  • Children can attend for a minimum of three days in Pre-Prep 4 to a maximum of five full days with fees varying accordingly
  • Parents may choose their required days to accommodate family needs, dependent on the availability
  • Pre-Prep hours are 8:40 am to 3:10 pm during school term
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