Early Learning Centre

The Oakleigh Grammar Early Learning Centre (ELC) is a state-of-the-art facility offering a light-filled, stimulating learning environment for children aged two to four years of age. The ELC features a Grand Piazza, newly designed playgrounds, shaded areas, bright furniture and the latest equipment to encourage play and exploration.

The Reggio Emilia Approach

Oakleigh Grammar Early Learning Centre Curriculum is inspired by the key principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education.

  • Children are active participants in the learning process. They have the potential, interest and capability to take some control over the direction of their learning:
  • Children’s learning environment is significant. Exploration and awareness of material things around them are fundamental as children learn through the experience of touching, seeing and hearing.
  • Community and culture play an important part in the learning process. Teachers, parents and children are collaborators, ensuring that independent thought is fostered within the context of mutual respect and responsibility.
  • Children need the opportunity to express themselves in a wide variety of ways, through drawing, painting, construction, dramatic play and more.

At the heart of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is the belief that children are full of curiosity and creativity. The curriculum is flexible and emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts and observations. The Reggio goal is to cultivate within children a life-long passion for learning and exploration.