Our Day at the Early Learning Centre (ELC)
Every day, the girls enrolled in our Early Learning Program are full of excitement as they examine their stimulating surroundings.
The commencement of a child’s preschool education is a very important time and it is our aim to make your daughter’s passage to our Early Learning Centre as smooth as possible.
Our year begins with a transition program during the first two weeks of Term 1. At times, new girls begin during the year, and a similar introductory program is designed for each girl.
From 8.00am, families are warmly welcomed by our educators. Various experiences are ready for the ELC students to engage in when they arrive. This can be a lovely time for parents to complete an activity with their children, share a special book or learn about the ongoing project work. After our farewells to parents, our program begins at 8.45am.
During the morning, the group comes together for a Morning Meeting. Morning Meetings give the girls an opportunity to share ideas and engage in discussion about their project work for the day.
Girls leave the meeting brimming with ideas and enthusiasm to work in the indoor environment. We often remain indoors until 10.30am, when the children have their morning snack.
Mid-morning we venture outside, however many girls utilise both indoor and outdoor environments. Meal times are social occasions and the ELC children are encouraged to sit in small social groups.
Kinder-aged children at Melbourne Girls Grammar need to bring their own snacks, lunch and drink bottles with water. The food brought should be adequate and nutritious.
Early afternoon is that time of day when all is quiet at the Early Learning Centre. The girls rest their bodies, read books and relax on their mats.
During the afternoon, the activity may be indoors or outdoors. We pack away at 2.50pm as a group before finishing at 3.15pm. ELC students may be picked up at any time, especially if they are unwell or tired.
Our 3 & 4 year old kindergarten girls are able to use the safe and secure facilities of the wider Melbourne Girls Grammar environment. They visit the tennis courts, the library, the science laboratories, the Chapel of St Luke, the playing fields and other spaces at Merton Hall and Wildfell.
Our outstanding location enables us to extend the early learning environment with ease and our girls frequently enjoy visits to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Our timetable is a flexible one. This flexibility allows us to continuously meet the ever-changing interests of the children and extend their thinking through the variable surroundings.
Exceeding National Quality Standard
The Early Learning Centre at Melbourne Girls Grammar has been Rated Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework.
The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia.
Outside School Hours Care
Before school care
Should you need to drop your daughter at the School prior to 8.45am, you may access the Before Care Program, which begins at 8.00am. For 3 year old kindergarten students, this is held in their own classrooms. For 4 year old kindergarten girls, the Before Care Program is held downstairs in Rushen House in the Shared Space.
After school care
Camp Australia provides an After School Care Program between the hours of 3.15pm and 6.00pm each school day. Information regarding enrolment for this program is available on their website.