Pre Primary classroom with Walker Learning stations
Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) is where your child will embark on an amazing journey of a lifelong learning. The early years in a child’s life are vital – it is the building block for creating a solid foundation for education, and we aim to make early learning as positive, safe, productive and successful as possible.
The ELC is a self-contained facility that is designed to foster an environment that fulfils the development of the whole child. Our teachers understand that at the core of teaching, children discover a love of learning through play and a nurturing environment gives children the best foundation for a lifelong love of learning. We focus on the physical, social and emotional development of the child, which are recognised as the basis for a child’s development.
The ELC offers a homely environment to foster a smooth transition for children between home and the ELC, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy.
The National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) ensures children’s senses of belonging, being and becoming are fully celebrated through the development of identity, wellbeing and communication as well as making connections and contributions and becoming confident and involved in their learning and the world around them.
To learn more, please download our ELC Handbook
Living Waters Lutheran College uses the Walker Learning program in our Early Learning Centre.
Walker Learning is a play and project-based holistic pedagogy. It is an intentional learning approach for children in the early childhood years. The students carry out investigations during their morning sessions.
During investigations, the students are able to use the twelve learning areas set up in the classroom. These areas include Science/Nature, Tinkering, Dramatic Play, Sensory, Construction, Carpentry, Numeracy Resource, Reading, Painting/Drawing, Literacy Resource, Collage and Outdoor Experiences. Links to learning can be made through peer modelling and teacher scaffolding. Scaffolding may be related to social, behavioural, literacy, numeracy and other curriculum learning intentions.
Along with the convenience of being situated on the College grounds, the ELC also offers:
- Visits to the College library to encourage a love of reading and have the opportunity to borrow books.
- Play spaces and sports facilities.
- Specialist teacher access and expertise.
- Small, friendly classrooms.
An additional benefit for your child will be the seamless flow into Primary School. Frequent interaction with staff and students assists with the familiarisation of the next step in your child’s educational journey.
School entry will be a natural continuum of the nurturing Christian care that is experienced at the ELC.
- The Kindergarten class operates Monday to Wednesday during school terms. (8:45am – 3:00pm)
- The Pre-Primary class operates Monday to Friday. (8:45am – 3:10pm)