Early Learning Centre

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Nurturing the unique abilities of your child

Quality early childhood education is critical as children gain the essential skills, knowledge and dispositions for confidence and success in school and life. The Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides a safe and nurturing environment and is the first step into education at Concordia College.

Our inquiry-based curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) and the Early Years Learning Framework. This provides children with a balance of structured programmes and play-based experiences that help build a firm foundation for future learning. We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy and recognise children as strong, competent and resourceful learners.

Nature play is also a strong influence in our Centre. Creative and engaging indoor and outdoor spaces, including the undercover sandpit, veggie patch, mud kitchen and cubby house provide fun and varied learning opportunities.

The ELC is part of the St John’s Campus, providing access to whole school facilities, specialist teachers and resources. Close collaboration with the Primary School also allows for smooth transitions.

Rated Exceeding National Quality Standard

Our Centre is approved as a long day care provider and is open for 48 weeks of the year. Optional after school and holiday care is available. Eligible families are able to claim Child Care Benefits for ELC fees.

Our ELC has been awarded an Exceeding National Quality Standard rating by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. 

Please find below our Early Learning Centre Statement of Philosophy and Parent Handbook.

ELC Statement of Philosophy
ELC Parent Handbook 2021

Useful Links

NQS Professional Learning Program Case Study
PYP in the Early Years (video)
The IB Primary Years Programme in an Early Years Setting (brochure)
IBO website