Our aim is to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning through the implementation of a balanced program.
The program incorporates the influences of the Reggio Emilia approach, the EYLF and is reflective of each child’s strengths, needs and interests. Stimulating, interesting and exciting learning activities provide opportunities for children to play, explore and develop.
At St Luke’s CELC the children are provided with opportunity to explore and develop, learning through a play based curriculum. We are open long day care hours to support the needs of families in the community, offering a Preschool program throughout the day.
Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Technology
The development of foundational literacy, technology, numeracy and scientific enquiry skills will be embedded in the CELC curriculum on a daily basis. Children will be surrounded and immersed in a learning space that provides a range of experiences in the indoor and outdoor learning galleries implemented by educators or in response to children’s curiosities.
Children will be provided a print rich environment where experiences include exploration and discovery with writing materials in the writing centre, art and craft experiences where children are encouraged to write their own names on artwork, include literacy in their play, as well as pictures, posters, signs and visual cues.
Foundational numeracy skills include opportunities to engage in experiences that require sorting, comparisons, grouping of objects and counting within a child centred and play based context.
Scientific discovery occurs as children observe, propose, hypothesise and predict a series of events. These can vary from intentional scientific experiments planned by educators to daily experiences that require problem solving and prediction of the next sequence of events.
The children will be provided with many opportunities to explore the use of technology to support their inquiries, learning and play explorations. This may occur in guided explorations with ipads to research information for a project investigation and games which may include exploring coding in their play.
The children will be introduced to the environmental concepts of reuse, reduce and recycle in the hopes of creating an understanding of sustainable practices from a young age. We recognise that Sustainability doesn’t work as an ‘add-on’ or occasional experience—it needs to be embedded in everything that we do. In addition we implement and incorporate environmental practices in our learning experiences where we reuse materials to strengthen learning through play.