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Welcome to The Knox School Early Learning Centre

The Knox School Early Learning Centre provides exceptional early learning experiences for children under five. In partnership with parents, our highly qualified teachers guide each young person’s development, using research-based practices to strengthen the foundations of future learning and increase their readiness to transition into Prep.

If you’re ready to explore our Early Learning Centre in person, please reach out to our Registrar Tania Castles and book your tour.

Give your child the best possible start

All children exhibit a natural curiosity and sense of wonder; The Knox School Early Learning Centre creates purposeful experiences for students to engage deeply with the world, and form strong connections with each other as they confidently explore their world.

The Early Learning Centre (ELC) establishes vital foundations to ensure every child receives the best possible start to their education, catering for children from 3 to 5 years of age.

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, focusing on early Literacy and Numeracy concepts and developing skills around critical thinking collaboration, communication, and creativity.

Personalised learning

Our learning environment is fit for purpose, with light, bright and spacious areas in which to learn and play.

An enclosed playground provides a safe and attractive space out of doors, while classroom areas are large and bright.

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.

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)

A nurturing environment

Our learning environment aims to be an extension of the home, a place where children feel loved, accepted and secure, providing the perfect foundation to grow and develop their abilities.

Children are recognised and valued as unique individuals; their emotional, social, physical and intellectual development and learning programs are designed with this in mind.

Our 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

Connected Community

Our Early Learning students are deeply valued members of The Knox School community, being recognised for their contribution and the enrichment they provide our school.

As students grow older, they strengthen their sense of connection through our ELC4 and Year 6 Buddy program which helps children transition confidently to their junior school years and allows families to feel connected with each other and the whole Knox School community.

The ELC aims to be an extension of the home, a place where children feel loved, accepted and secure, and 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 valued members of our community, parents are encouraged to attend different activities in the centre as well as school-wide events, and all greatly enjoy their involvement.

Eligibility

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 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

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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