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Our teaching philosophy for our three to eight-year-olds (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 1) encourages exploration and discovery through play-based learning. 

Play enables our students to develop understanding through interaction with others,
explore and use their senses, create meaning in their world, consolidate key concepts, practise social skills, solve problems, gain confidence and develop positive attitudes toward school. Literacy and numeracy are key elements of the inquiry-based programme, which reflects the interests of young children and celebrates their natural wonder and curiosity. Our Early Learning Centre aims to build strong foundations for a life-long love of learning. 

The Centre has been purpose-built to provide a safe and secure environment for children to begin their schooling at John Wollaston. The classrooms for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 have been designed and set up to stimulate, engage and challenge the curious minds of our youngest students, allowing them to develop at their own pace and to their full potential. 

Outside, the attractive, spacious grounds include native bush gardens, fruit and vegetable patches and a worm farm to teach children about sustainability. The Early Learning Centre houses inner courtyards, meeting places and separate playgrounds for specific year groups (Pre-Kindergarten to Pre-Primary, and Years 1) to promote imagination, inquiry, social interaction and the development of motor skills. 


Parents are welcome in the classrooms each morning when they drop off their children. Parent Help rosters allow parents to engage with the class programs and be a part of their child’s learning.

ELC Handbook 2024

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