Our Early Learning Centre is available for children aged 3 and 4 years of age and celebrates childhood as a time of joy, discovery and spontaneous exploration. Bright spacious learning spaces, outdoor play areas and large green spaces provide the perfect location to develop and learn.
The Scotch Oakburn College Early Learning Centre’s programs are based on the exceptional Reggio Emilia philosophy where creativity and curiosity are fostered through play-centred learning that engages eager young learners in the ‘100 languages’ of childhood. The natural resources at hand include the captivating and historic Claremont Garden, and are supported by light and bright, technology-rich, modern facilities.
Nurturing creativity and the belief that children are capable and confident is a primary focus, and the development of thinking skills is a key component of all learning experiences. Children have the time and space to wonder and marvel, engage and explore. Their passions, talents and preferred ‘languages’ of self-expression and communication are identified and developed. Personalised learning experiences cater for unique interests and individual learning journeys.
Our Early Learning educators intuitively grasp the potential of a spontaneous moment and its opportunity to extend deep thinking; they respectfully record moments of exploration, interaction, surprise and discovery to share with the children and their parents.
Stability of staff enhances the opportunity for children to make deep connections, develop strong and trusting relationships and enjoy, with their families, a sense of security and belonging and the confidence to explore and learn.
At Scotch Oakburn College Early Learning we never lose sight of the fact that this is a truly magical time in every little person’s life and development.
Taking full advantage of being within the Junior School campus, Early Learning offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities to enhance learning opportunities.
ConneXions visits, while encouraging the joy of reading and books, also provides opportunities for students to meet visiting authors and other guests to engage their interest and assist in the understanding of the world around them.
Perceptual motor programs with our physical education staff, regular visits to our music department, arts and sports experiences gradually become part of the week throughout these years and complement and support ‘home-based’ learning.
Encouraging learning across a wide variety of learning spaces helps to engage students in their learning and provides opportunities to enrich education.
In addition to classroom learning spaces, Scotch Oakburn College provides a wide range of spaces in which to learn including:
– our unique technology rich conneXions learning hub, with an expansive range of books to take home and enjoy
– the expansive green spaces of Claremont Garden and Park
– the HPEC@Elphin and College swimming pool
– Elphin Art Studio
– Mary Fox Performing Arts Centre
– Scotch Oakburn Park sports fields and adjacent wetlands
– the Education Outdoors Valley Campus and Environment Centre.