St Peters Lutheran ELC is a fully licensed and accredited child care centre on the grounds of St Peters Lutheran School which offers care for all children aged 3-6 years of age. We are open from 8.00am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday. Before and after ELC care is available (Before 7.30-8.00am and After 4.30-6.00pm). We operate 48 weeks of the year, offering both full and half day booking options.
Our educational programme operates during school terms, and an ELC Vacation Care programme is offered at a reduced price during school holidays, ensuring a total of 48 weeks per year of quality care for your child. We are closed for four weeks over the Christmas holiday break.
Our centre runs three programmes simultaneously to cater for the age, needs and developmental stages of your children.
Our Pre-Kindy programme caters for children aged 3-4 as they begin their pre-school education with us. Set up in a way that reminds children of being at home or childcare, the pre-kindy room offers designated areas for dramatic play, construction & building, literacy, numeracy, art & craft, science, fine motor, gross motor and a diverse range of outdoor activities. We have a strong emphasis on social skills, creating connections with others, feeling safe and taking care of ourselves and others.
Our Kindy programme caters for children aged 4-5 as they start to prepare for school. Our Kindy room is set up to replicate areas of a reception classroom where children are encouraged to be responsible for their workspaces, materials and equipment. Using the skills acquired in the pre-kindy programme; together we work on school readiness development as we equip ourselves with the skills needed to commence reception. This includes but is not limited to fine motor skills, pre literacy & numeracy development, sorting & organising, being responsible for our belongings and developing independence. The Kindy children also take part in weekly STEM lessons with our STEM specialist.
Both programmes are planned and implemented by our Early Childhood trained teachers, and run in their own classrooms so children feel safe and comfortable with their surroundings as they learn. Children from both groups also spend a lot of time socialising together throughout the day.
Our Little Saints Programme is a specially designed transition programme offered to all children commencing reception at St Peters in Term 1 and 3 each year. For more information regarding this, please see Little Saints Transition Programme.
As an approved child care provider, we can offer families the opportunity to claim the Child Care Subsidy, which provides families with financial assistance towards the costs of care. More information on eligibility and assistance is available from the Australian Government here.
At St Peters, we believe that each child is a competent contributor to their own learning journey. Our ‘open-ended’ curriculum – one where a concept becomes the starting point for investigation – encourages children to have a direct influence on their learning experience and empowers them to develop a deep and strong understanding of themselves and the world around them. We believe that parents are children’s most important educators and acknowledge the importance of working together for the benefit of your child. Our aim is to build a friendly and respectful community where all members treat each other with dignity, care and respect.
Our learning programme
- The internationally acclaimed International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, covering all learning areas through an inquiry based approach to learning
- The Christian Studies Framework (Lutheran Education Australia), giving a Christian foundation to all learning experiences
- The Early Years Learning Framework
- We are also inspired by the philosophies of Montessori and Reggio Emilia Education
All these curriculums work harmoniously together whereby children work and play together within an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for each other.
Our school connection – ELC to Year 6
Along with the convenience of being situated on the St Peters Lutheran School grounds, the ELC also offers weekly lessons with specialist teachers including;
- Physical Education
We also take part in the weekly Chapel service and the St Peters buddy programme which consists of regular shared activities, peer teaching and sharing of achievements.
Our curriculum includes a range of planned and spontaneous learning experiences which seek to develop children’s social, emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive development.
We have a dedicated team of professionals who work together to develop personalised learning plans for all children which are led by two Early Childhood trained teachers.