Our ELC offers an enriching and stimulating educational program for children aged three to five years.

Students at St Leonard's College's Early Learning Centre

Our program follows the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, a world-renowned teaching and learning philosophy inspired by the system of early years education in Reggio Emilia, a town in northern Italy. Widely recognised as best practice in early childhood education, Reggio Emilia offers an education which respects children and their rights as citizens. Reggio Emilia sees the child as competent, powerful and full of potential, and places each child at the centre of their own learning. Children are encouraged to brainstorm and discuss topics of interest as well as develop skills in problem solving, hypothesising, critical reflection and collaboration. Specialist activities include music, library, movement skills, creative arts, drama, and mindfulness.

Reggio Emilia also emphasises the importance of the physical learning environment to stimulate inquiry, and the centre itself is architecturally designed to inspire creativity, exploration and curiosity in young children. We also recognise the pivotal role parents play in their children’s education and welcome their contributions as partners, collaborators and advocates.

Our highly qualified staff foster a setting where children begin to develop the skills and qualities necessary to become lifelong learners, and provide a rich environment for social, intellectual and physical development. The ELC program follows the Early Years Learning Framework and, following an assessment by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, was rated as Exceeding National Quality Standards. This assessment confirmed what we already know to be true – our committed staff and leading educational practice provide young children with a stimulating program that enhances learning and development, and ensures every child is cared for and encouraged to thrive.