During early childhood, children experience more rapid brain development and acquire more skills and knowledge than in any other period of their lives. They are engaged in rich and meaningful experiences and learn through their ability to touch, manipulate and experiment, by being actively involved with materials, new ideas and through interactions with others.
Our ELC is a place of wonder where children can be observed deeply engaged in learning that stimulates challenges and provokes their thinking, curiosity and inquiring minds. The valued partnership with families and our ELC team supports each child to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their world; becoming competent, compassionate and community-minded young citizens.
Children who belong to the ELC at Genazzano are welcomed into a learning community that:
Our ELC provides choice for families, while considering the benefits for children in attendance that reinforces the acquisition of skills for life and learning. You may select to attend from two, three or four days for ELC 3 and three, four or five days for ELC 4. Before and after school care is also available.
All programs are different, as they are planned around the individual strengths, interests and needs of each child and the group as a whole community. Our programs differ from others as the children’s unique qualities bring a distinctive flavour to the year’s experiences.
We know children learn best in an environment which supports feeling safe, secure and offers predictable happenings. The ELC program follows a daily schedule or routine, offering a balance between the following types of activities:
Our educational experiences are enhanced by a range of specialist programs. These include:
The Early Learning Centre is co-educational and accepts both boys and girls. Children attending the ELC3 program must turn 3 years of age prior to 1 February in the year of attendance. Children attending the ELC4 program must turn 4 prior to the end of April in the year of attendance.
Progression to the four year old program in the ELC and Prep will be based on the College enrolment policy and then on the date of initial application for the three year old program. Preference is given to those who intend continuing their child’s education at Genazzano.
The Victorian Government introduced its Vaccination legislation commonly known as ‘no jab, no play’ effective as of 1 January 2016. This legal requirements means that no child will be admitted to a child care, pre-school, or kindergarten without having been vaccinated. An updated copy of your child’s immunisation is to be included with the Enrolment Application and any updated certificate provided again at the time of a request for enrolment interview.
Information on the ELC fees and levies is available on the Fees page.