Early learning centre (ELC)

The St Andrew’s School Early Learning Centre is guided by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme.

Our children are provided with a rich, nurturing and respectful learning environment. Underpinning all we do is our image of the child as being capable and competent, curious and full of wonder with endless potential and possibilities, and with rights and responsibilities as a child.

Careful choices are made about the environment, acknowledging this as an additional teacher. Decisions about the physical surrounds, varied sensory resources, routines and timings, and endless supported playful learning experiences provides strong opportunities for learning and for developing strong emotional wellbeing skills and social relationships.

We aim to challenge our students’ thinking, encourage them to see things from other perspectives, to discover something not known and build on previous understandings.

All meals are provided, replicating a traditional family meal, the gathering around a table to share conversations, enjoy beautifully cooked meals and continue to build relationships with peers and teachers.

From 2017, children may begin from 3 years of age and depending on their birth date progress to either January or Mid-Year Reception intakes.

Playful learning is at the core of our Early Learning Centre and curriculum. We believe it is a fundamental right of children and it is how they grow and learn, through the many intentional and self initiated experiences they share and enjoy every day.

  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Deb Dalwood – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.