2011 marked a new chapter in the life of Immanuel Primary School (IPS) with the opening of the state of the art Early Learning Centre (ELC).
The ELC Programme is guided by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) where children are challenged to investigate ideas and develop understandings under the umbrella of broad based themes that are addressed at each year level of the PYP and considered ‘essential in the context of a programme of international education’.
The princples, practices, pedagogy and learning outcomes of The Early Years Learing Framework for Australia are beautifully interwoven with the IB framework resulting in an exciting and vibrant child-centre, play based inquiry curriculum.
Finally, the internationally-renowned educational project in Reggio Emilia, Italy, influences our programme through inspiring our thinking about the rich potential of all children, the importance of the physical environment and the values of relationships in learning.
The ELC is a safe, secure, nurturing environment, where highly qualified staff work with parents to understand each child’s uniqueness, individual learning styles and development needs. The Centre is staffed by an Early Childhood Coordinator, Early Childhood Teachers and Early Childhood Workers. A ratio of one staff member to eleven children is mandatory. Staff plan a rich play-based programme which offers opportunities for learning both inside and outside. Learning environments are created by staff to explore, discover and analyse, to reach deeper understanding and knowledge.
For many children entering the ELC it is the start of building relationships with their peers. Staff support children to explore social interactions as they learn to negotiate their play.
School’s throughout Australia are required by Government regulations to meet basic standards in the quality of schooling they provide.
The requirements for Early Childhood Services are even more rigorous than for schools – clearly because the care for younger students (who are not yet independent) needs to be of high quality.
On Friday 14th August 2015 the Immanuel Primary Early Learning Centre participated in the National Assessment and Rating Process.
This involved preparing and submitting an extensive range of documents and an expert assessor visiting the ELC for a day.
The assessor observes staff interacting with children, checking safety procedures, planning documents and record keeping. Indeed all aspects of operating the centre.
The information is formatted into a report which is presented to the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board who then consider the report and rate the centre.
At Immanuel we have always sought to ensure that the care and education provided is more than just ‘up to standard’.
We aim to go beyond this in all that we do. As an IB Primary Years Program school our ELC was thoughtfully planned in such a way so that the highest quality of care and educational experience could be provided. The report received from the Board validates this.
Our ELC has been given the highest possible rating: EXCEEDING the national quality standard in all seven assessable areas.
It is the Mission of Immanuel Primary School to be a supportive community where well-being is nurtured, innovative teaching empowers learners to take responsible action, and the message of Jesus Christ is communicated and celebrated.
Principles and practices that support this vision in the Early Learning Centre are based on our beliefs.
At Immanuel Primary School Early Learning Centre our teaching reflects Lutheran Education Australia values, is inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational project, and is guided by the IB Primary Years Programme and The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.
Central to our identity as a “Lutheran” school, children in the ELC participate in regular worship and investigate spirituality and religious perspectives.
The ELC programme is also an integral part of the very highly regarded International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) offered by Immanuel Primary School.
Children are challenged to investigate ideas and develop understandings under the umbrella of a minimum of four broad-based themes that are addressed at each year level of the PYP and considered ‘essential in the context of a programme of international education’.
The principles, practices, pedagogy and learning outcomes of The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia are beautifully interwoven with the IB framework resulting in an exciting and vibrant child-centred, play-based inquiry curriculum.
Finally, the internationally-renowned educational project in Reggio Emilia, Italy influences our programme through inspiring our thinking about the rich potential of all children, the importance of the physical environment and the value of relationships in learning.
Immanuel ELC is very much part of the Immanuel community. The ELC is able to access other areas of the school to provide a program that meets a child’s, physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive development. IPS children and teachers support the ELC and often come to visit.
ELC families are encouraged to support and be apart of the wider community, including the Parents and Friends Association, which hold wonderful events throughout the year where parents can get to know the community.
A. Children are able to begin their enrolment in the ELC two years prior to starting Reception, providing they are three years of age. Should your child be under the age of three at the commencement of the school year, they will be able to begin after their third birthday. Children may attend a minimun of two days up to a maximum of five days for the two years prior to starting Reception.
Children are able to begin in the ELC one year prior to starting in Reception for a minimum of three days up to a maximum of five days.
The ELC operates every day, providing education and care from 8.30am – 3.15pm.
The ELC Educators have observed, and believe, that where possible children develop and thrive with at least three days per week when taking into consideration the children’s social, emotional and educational well-being. However, we understand that family situations often determine the days attended.
Fees are charged termly based.
A fortnightly payment can be set up if required. Fees are reviewed by the IPS School Council on an annual basis and outlined in the ‘Statement of Fees’.
A. No. When enrolling for Reception, a position will also be offered for the ELC.
Some families prefer to access their local pre-school, however, we have found that children who have attended the ELC, do transition more easily into Reception because of the familiarity of the school site and common classroom practices carried across all areas at Immanuel Primary school.
A. Parents will be able to nominate the sessions they would prefer by completing a session request form at the appropriate time.
The amount of children per day will be determined by staff/student ratios.
A. Our ELC is registered for children who are three years of age and above. If you want your child to access the two-year ELC programme, they are not able to commence until after their third birthday.
A. We understand that children reach this goal at different stages. Staff are happy to support your child when they have an accidents.
We do ask that the children are “working towards being toilet trained”. Pull-ups are acceptable for the younger children.
A. Yes, children enrolled at the ELC can continue in the ELC until they enter Reception.
A. To keep the costs as low as possible they have been based on full attendance for each session and as such there will be no refunds for missed sessions.