The aim of the Catholic Early Learning Centre’s (CELCs) 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 educational program and practice is influenced by a combination of traditional and contemporary early childhood theory, including the influences of Reggio Emilia and the importance of interacting with, and learning from nature.
Educational theory is embedded in our programs and learning environment and made visible through a CELC specific learning profile. This learning profile, specifies the skills that educators see as foundational elements for children in negotiating successful lifelong learning in the twenty-first century.
Our curriculum incorporates and reflects the principles and practices of the national curriculum document for early years services.
Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learing Framework (EYLF) acknowledges that each child will:
- develop a strong sense of their identity
- be connected and contribute to their world
- have a strong sense of wellbeing
- be a confident learner and effective communicator.
This nationalised learning curriculum forms part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early education and care services.
Our daily program is guided by children’s interests, abilities, knowledge and culture. Play in our learning space is seen in children’s active engagement with, and manipulation of learning materials, as well as in children’s involvement in investigations and projects. We believe that children organise and make sense of their social worlds through play. By using innovative and play based learning opportunities, children are able to learn through manipulating “hands on” experiences that involve doing, creating, experimenting, predicting, imagining, achieving, and investigating.
Our experienced and qualified educators engage in teaching practices that promote and support young children in their learning and development through intentional and spontaneous learning opportunities. Techniques educators may use to support children in their learning include interacting with children, listening and questioning to prompt and extend their thinking and learning abilities.
Catholic Early Learning Centre’s work in collaborative partnerships with the school community, intervention services and families to provide high quality early learning environment for children in their years prior to formal schooling.