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 from two to four years of age.

As part of the Junior School Quartet and at the heart of the Reggio Emilia approach, our Early Learning Centre has the belief that children are full of curiosity and creativity, and that they have the powerful potential to gain a life-long passion for learning and exploration.

In these years the academic, physical and socio-emotional learning process begins to evolve and at Oakleigh Grammar, we inspire children to flourish in ELC allowing for a smooth transition to Prep.

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Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach

Oakleigh Grammar is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy within our Early Learning Centre and encourages a child’s natural curiosity and creativity, whilst also ‘Empowering Young Minds’. The curriculum is flexible and emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts and observations, with emphasis on the idea that they have the capabilities to learn from their surroundings.

The Reggio approach is not a philosophy with a set model. It is an approach based around certain fundamental values about how children learn. The Reggio goal is to cultivate within children a life-long passion for learning and exploration. During their early years of learning, children are encouraged to explore and question their world. They are viewed as capable and valuable members of their community.

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.

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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.

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.

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Prep starts here!

K4 to Prep Transition Program

Oakleigh Grammar ELC teachers work collaboratively to prepare our students to be school ready. We offer a more structured learning program in our K4 group which includes, music, dance, language, science and English, streamlining the students’ progress to Prep.

This innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education lays the foundation for learning. Students who attend our ELC are immersed in our School’s educational programs, culture and community. We ensure the transition to the early years of Junior School is developed through an enhanced Prep readiness and transition program, which occurs throughout the 4-Year-Old ELC school year. This program aims to ensure that each child is confident and equipped to commence this next step in their learning journey.