The Early Childhood Experience at Genazzano
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.
Young children develop skills that enable them to be creative and resilient thinkers.
Children who belong to the ELC at Genazzano are welcomed into a learning community that:
Builds secure, trusting relationships with every child
Recognises the importance of listening to children
Values reflection for a balanced life
Captures the heart of play and learning
Uncovers the creativity in each child.
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 either two, three or four days for ELC3, whilst ELC4 offers either three, four or five days. 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, whilst viewing 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:
Active and quiet times
Large and small group activities, time to play alone and with others
Relaxed informal gatherings and formal group times
Indoor and outdoor program times
Time for children to select their own activities and time for teacher-directed 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 requirement 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.