St Andrews Lutheran College Early Learning Centre
In 2015, St Andrews opened its very own Early Learning Centre. Co-located on the same campus as the College, and surrounded by the natural setting of Tallebudgera Valley, the Early Learning Centre is a magnificent purpose built facility consisting of three rooms - a Junior Kindergarten room, and two Pre-Prep rooms. With its’ spacious indoor and outdoor learning spaces that incorporate large amounts of natural light, the natural furnishings together with flexible spaces and technology-rich environment, help to make the Early Learning Centre a truly child centred environment.
The Early Learning Centre operates age appropriate programs in keeping with the existing overall College Philosophy and Mission of Celebrating the Gospel, Nurturing the Individual, and Empowering Lifelong Learners. The Early Learning Centre is a natural play based environment, where the program is based on the children's needs and interests, and the learning is embedded into all activities and experiences. Our educators and staff work very hard to establish and maintain respectful and trusting relationships so that children's learning is enhanced and supported. Using the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines, the program is balanced with child-led and teacher-initiated learning that engage children in an environment that promotes curiosity, creativity and confidence. The educators and staff promote inclusive learning and play spaces that prompt questions and engage children in technology and learning. They use open-ended questions and use their knowledge and understating of the children to provide a program that enriches their learning. As part of this, the children's voice is listened to and used to enhance learning and play opportunities. There are strong connections to the College.
The College Chaplain and Congregation Pastor visit regularly to support Christian Ethos of the Early Learning Centre. Students learn Japanese lessons taught by the College’s Japanese teacher. College students regularly visit, helping to build community, as well as helping to extend the learning opportunities of our students.
In the Early Learning Centre relationships matter. Parents are partners in their child’s learning and are encouraged to be actively involved and contribute to the learning environment to build strong relationships and partnerships.
We focus on the whole child, educating their Hearts, Minds and Hands, preparing them for today and the future.