Enrolling in the ELC
1. Book a Tour or contact us to arrange a Personal Tour.
2. Complete and return our Application Form along with a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and any other relevant documentation.
Early Learners' Centre
From the moment children are born, they begin an adventure of learning and discovery. The Early Learners’ Centre at St Peter’s Girls’ School is the perfect place for girls and boys to discover the unexpected, explore their senses and be a part of a community of lifelong learners. Hear more from our Director of Early Learning, Kate Mount:
About our ELC
Situated on Hallett Road at Stonyfell, our ELC is surrounded by the natural wonder of Ferguson Park, making it the ideal place for your son or daughter to develop a passion for learning.
A dynamic site extension features thought-provoking outdoor play spaces and inspiring rooms specially designed for children aged 2 – 5. Girls who start their learning journey at the ELC are able to continue their education on the same campus all the way until they graduate from Year 12. This vital element provides a comforting sense of familiarity and creates lasting connections for the many years of personal growth ahead.
We also offer weekly Playgroup sessions for children aged 6 months to 2 years accompanied by their parents or carers, and we run a flexible and stimulating Vacation Care program each school holiday period for ELC students aged 2 to 5.
By nurturing each child’s learning journey, we help them explore a world of discovery and possibility.
Curriculum for Early Learners
Our education practice is underpinned by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) and influenced by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy which values each child as strong, capable and resilient. The PYP is implemented throughout our Junior School and supports a consistent inquiry-based learning approach.
We also embrace the National Early Years Learning Framework, Belonging, Being, Becoming. Our program has been developed with an emphasis on play-based learning which recognises the importance of social and emotional development, as well as communication.
Opportunities are also provided for children to access programs by our specialist staff within the School including:
Our team of quality educators is dedicated to ensure your child not only gets the best start in life, but is also welcomed into the wider St Peter’s Girls’ School community. Leading the way is our ELC Director, Kate Mount, who has a wealth of experience in early childhood development. Kate arrived at Stonyfell in 2007 and immediately fell in love with early learning. Having spent seven years at Seymour College and five at Pembroke School, both in Junior Primary, early learning became a new pathway for professional growth. While in the Junior Primary setting, Kate authored non-fiction books specifically written to give young children easy access to information. As a member of local and national professional committees, she is a passionate voice for early childhood pedagogy who upholds a strong image of childhood.
The ELC is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday to Friday, from 7.30am – 6pm, excluding public holidays. St Peter’s Girls’ ELC is an Approved Child Care Centre and therefore registered for the Child Care Subsidy.