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Early Learning

The Oakleigh Grammar Early Learning Centre (ELC) is a state-of-the-art facility offering a light-filled, stimulating learning environment for children from 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.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach

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.

The Reggio approach is not a philosophy with a set model. It is an approach based around certain fundamental values about how children learn. Interpretations are not only possible but encouraged. Reggio Children, the foundation in Italy which supports this philosophy, encourages centres in Australia and around the world, which adopt this approach to interpret it in their own ways, according to their context and the community they are working with.

The emphasis on the emergent curriculum, community and cultural awareness and respect are just a few elements that makes this approach the ideal basis for the Oakleigh Grammar ELC Curriculum. It leads ideally into the principles of “The Leader in Me” program which is a fundamental aspect of the Junior School curriculum.

The Key Principles

  • 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.
Upcoming Events
  1. PA Meeting July

    July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Second Hand Shop

    July 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Second Hand Shop

    July 19 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Heads of School

Lauren is a strong advocate of explicit literacy and numeracy teaching empowering all students to achieve their potential.


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Mrs Lauren Cummins
Head of Junior School

2017-11-09T05:49:08+00:00

Mrs Lauren Cummins
Head of Junior School

Lauren is a strong advocate of explicit literacy and numeracy teaching empowering all students to achieve their potential.

Sharron is a passionate educator who views every child as an individual with a right to obtain an education that provides a pathway to a successful future.


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Mrs Sharron Frame
Head of Senior School

2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00

Mrs Sharron Frame
Head of Senior School

Sharron is a passionate educator who views every child as an individual with a right to obtain an education that provides a pathway to a successful future.

Haydn is a passionate believer in the importance of encouraging intercultural understanding and international mindedness within education.


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Mr Haydn Flanagan
Head of Middle School

2017-12-20T06:39:31+00:00

Mr Haydn Flanagan
Head of Middle School

Haydn is a passionate believer in the importance of encouraging intercultural understanding and international mindedness within education.

Sarah is a fantastic at guiding children as they build their knowledge and understanding of the world around them at school.


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Mrs Sarah Broadman
Head of Early Learning

2018-06-15T22:51:29+00:00

Mrs Sarah Broadman
Head of Early Learning

Sarah is a fantastic at guiding children as they build their knowledge and understanding of the world around them at school.