Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) is the first step on an education pathway at Emmaus Christian College. Integrated in the Junior School at Brooklyn Park Campus, the ELC is a Christ-centred, nurturing and safe learning environment for children aged between three and five.
The ELC is underpinned by the existing College vision, values and philosophy. The nationally adopted Early Years Learning Framework is presented from a Christian worldview, enriched by embracing practices from Guided Play-Based Learning, Reggio Emilia and Nature Play.
Our high quality, long day care education program is tailored for both three-year-olds and four-year-olds. We also offer a four-year-old preschool/kindy program that meets all the requirements of children transitioning into school.
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Our ELC Program
Our ELC provides an all-encompassing integrated learning program for children aged between three and five.
Our vibrant and modern centre has been thoughtfully designed to provide children with the best learning experiences, through flexible learning spaces, customised for each age group. Children have opportunities to navigate and engage with materials that foster curiosity and develop a sense of wonder. There is a balance between indoor and outdoor spaces, fixed and movable items, to engage and inspire learning and allow children to develop a sense of risk-taking and problem-solving.
Snacks and Meal times
Class Numbers and Educator Ratios
Enrolling Your Child
Enrolments are open for children aged between three and five for commencement at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3. We offer a full-day booking option on the days that suit you between Monday and Friday and the number of days that suit you between two and five days per week.
As we appreciate that each family circumstance is unique, you are welcome to negotiate start and finish hours with the ELC Director, Lauren Hughes.
Please note that our full enrolment process, including interview and orientation, need to be completed prior to your child commencing at the start of each term.
When enrolling in the Early Learning Centre, our Enrolment Officer will be in touch to discuss the length of time spent in each classroom (Class 3 and Class 4), as each child is individual in their progress. Progression is subject to consultation with the ELC Director and your child’s Early Birth Assessment.
A Smooth Transition to Foundation
As an integral part of the Junior School, ELC students experience a smooth transition to Foundation. The friendships children form at ELC are continued through as they can share the excitement of starting 'big school' with each other.
All students have guaranteed access to the South Plympton Middle School at the conclusion of Year 6 at Brooklyn Park.
Applications for enrolment into Junior School are subject to the College Enrolment Policy.
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The nationally adopted Early Years Learning Framework is presented from a Christian worldview, enriched by embracing practices from Guided Play-Based Learning, Reggio Emilia and Nature Play.
- Three separate learning spaces especially designed for both three-year-olds and four-year-olds
- Two outdoor, sheltered decks with heating
- Landscaped, secure, outdoor play areas encompass the latest in Nature Play design
- Access to the Junior School facilities as the curriculum requires, including:
- A second nature play area
- Physical education equipment
- Performing arts space
- Visiting performances and assembly opportunities.
The ELC Director, Lauren Hughes provides leadership and oversight of the ELC operations.
Fees and Child Care Subsidy
Our ELC session rate is $130.00.
A session is equivalent to anytime between 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
We require a minimum enrolment of two days per week per child.
Depending on family circumstance, families may receive a child care subsidy. The level of child care subsidy is based on means testing and is different for every family. For further information about this please email our Early Learning Administration Assistant, Kim Sabine, at email@example.com or visit the government website
Our ELC children are integrated in the Emmaus student community, therefore all ELC children are required to wear the same Emmaus Christian College unisex primary school sports uniform. This includes the polo shirt, rugby top, shorts, track pants and hat. The uniform can be purchased at the South Plympton Campus Uniform Shop.
Wearing of a uniform offers practical support for teachers as they plan for physical and play based activities; and offers a strong Emmaus identity as a member of our Christ-centred community.
Meet the ELC Team
Mrs Lauren Hughes
Director, Early Learning Centre
Ms Kelsey Barnes
Mrs Lisa Bennett
ELC Educational Leader/Lead Teacher
Mrs Ellice Kalialaha
Mrs Shin Ye Chew
Ms Amanda Ruddock
Ms Jaimie Newman
Ms Geordie Maddocks
Ms Rita Ling
ELC Co-educator - Bilingual Support
Mrs Kim Sabine
Early Learning Administration Assistant & Finance Assistant
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24 August 2022
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29 June 2022
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