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Early Learning Centre

Pre-Kindergarten to Year 1

Teaching and Learning

In the early childhood years, each child’s natural curiosity is celebrated and their individual strengths are nurtured and enriched. A dynamic and unique learning program caters for the different learning needs of each individual from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 2. Learning spaces within the Early Learning Centre are structured to facilitate ‘hands on’ exploration, stimulate young minds and encourage collaboration. The innovative learning facilities, provide for flexible learning, multi-aged groupings and inclusive environments.

The impressive playgrounds, including the Nature Playground, offer a secure and authentic environment with gently challenging investigative areas, created to support young children socially, emotionally and physically. Many opportunities arise for engagement in learning beyond the curriculum to develop responsible citizenship skills. As a part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Gardens’ initiative the student-friendly kitchen allows for the children to use produce from the garden in various cooking experiences, providing real-life learning and engagement opportunities, and the importance of sustainability and recycling.

At Penrhos, you have the comfort of knowing that our new Early Learning Centre (completed at the end of 2010) has been specifically designed to promote collaboration and creativity in a safe and secure environment.

The new ELC is home to 3 to 7 year olds in classes from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 1. In addition to year-specific classrooms, there are multi-purpose activity areas where girls can come together as a group. The upper floor of the ELC directly links to the Junior School oval.

Our curriculum for the early years promotes, amongst our youngest students, a sense of identity and well-being, allowing the development of confident and involved learners. Taking inspiration from the philosophy of Reggio Emilia and the College Core Shared Values of Respect, Integrity, Empathy, Knowledge, Growth and Synergy, students make connections with their world.

Through a play-based context to learning, students develop fundamental skills in literacy, numeracy and physical development which foster creativity and social skills. Artsfest, a musical production involving all students in Year 3-6 is held biennially with a Kaleidescope production which includes all students in Pre Kinder to Year 2.

Student Attendance
2, 3 or 5 days in Pre Kinder
4 or 5 days in Kindergarten

Full-time compulsory attendance in Pre-Primary and Year 1.

Pastoral Care

thrive describes the range of programs, experiences and connections that support the wellbeing and personal growth of our girls. Learning to thrive at Penrhos is achieved through a pastoral curriculum based on best practice in positive psychology. Activities include:

You Can Do It!
The You Can Do It! program is a school-home-community approach to helping young people achieve to the best of their ability and experience positive social-emotional wellbeing. It focuses on five key foundations: confidence, persistence, organisation, getting along and resilience.

Protective Behaviours
The Protective Behaviours curriculum is a personal safety program that teaches children a range of skills and strategies to identify, respond to and find help in a range of unsafe situations using the program developed by WA Child Safety Services.

Buddy Classes
Each class in the ELC is allocated a buddy class with older students in the Junior School where the two classes meet and share in activities at scheduled times during the year.  The aim of this is to foster positive relationships between students of different ages, develop self-esteem and build confidence.

Little Sister
Little Sister encourages interaction between girls in the Secondary School and the Early Learning Centre (ELC). The older students visit the ELC and participate in activities with the younger girls.

Every day, students in the ELC spend 15 minutes after lunch doing mindfulness activities in their classrooms.  Practising mindfulness can reduce stress, increase resilience, increase positive emotions, boost self-esteem, and improve attention and focus.

Morning Fitness
Three mornings a week, the ELC students start the day with whole class games and activities to develop their fitness and improves their concentration.  Research has demonstrated that regular fitness activities lead to improved academic performance as well.

Nature Play
The Early Learning Child Centre recognises the direct and indirect benefits of play to all areas of child development:  physical, cognitive, social and emotional.  Nature Play is a fun experience that allows children to use their imagination.  Play involves some risk-taking and experimenting to develop a child’s self-belief and build resilience

Learn more about thrive, our Pre-K to 12 pastoral care program
Before and After School Care

We understand that many of our students have working parents who can’t always be at school for drop-off and pick-up times. To assist working families, we are pleased to offer Before and After School Care through our providers, Camp Australia.

We offer Before School Care from 7am and After School Care until 6pm. The Before and After School Care facility is located in our Junior School, which provides excellent facilities for students to play and engage in activities, and a convenient drop-off and pick-up point for parents. Students are provided with breakfast or afternoon tea, and participate in structured activities led by qualified carers.

The Federal Government Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is available. Eligibility for the subsidy is determined by three key elements – your combined family’s annual adjusted income, your child care fees (hourly rate caps apply for each service type) and your fortnightly activity (paid and unpaid work or study). For more information on what you are entitled to and how to claim, contact the Family Assistance Office on 136 150 or log into MyGov and complete your CCS assessment.

Parents can choose to have an ongoing arrangement with Camp Australia, or pay casual rates if childcare is only required for a limited time or on an ad-hoc basis.

As of 2018, Camp Australia now offers more Flexible Booking Options which deliver significant benefits to parents.

Find out more about the Camp Australia program and costs