Early Learning Centre
Our Early Learning Centre:
Outstanding Early Years Education
Beginning from the day your child turns three, and providing a caring, community-centred learning environment until school-readiness at the age of five, Little Investigators – our world-class Early Learning Centre – is designed specifically to engage, inspire and nurture our youngest learners.
Offering two specially tailored programs (Pipis for 3-4 Year Olds and Pelicans for 4-5 Year Olds), Little Investigators exists to care for and inspire young learners as they enter key formative and developmental stages of childhood.
Among the most affordable Early Learning Centres on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Little Investigators is staffed by a team of dedicated, qualified and experienced Early Years Educators, and caters for the developmental needs of each child as they learn and grow.
Focusing on key milestones in both life and learning, Little Investigators offers more than a traditional long day care or kindergarten, with access to the full resourcing, facilities and specialised subjects of Investigator College.
Each ‘Little Investigator’ enrolled with us receives and benefits from:
We believe and recognise that each child is unique and has rich potential.
Through our programs of care, support and learning, our role as educators is to work with parents/caregivers to help each child in our care to discover their unique gifts, talents, abilities and interests by providing opportunities to play and learn.
Learning through Curiosity and Exploration
Our Early Learning Centre operates on a philosophy of wellbeing, inquiry and exploration – allowing each child’s natural sense of enquiry about the world around them to shape and inform their development.
Nature Play, opportunities to explore new spaces, and encouragement to engage with new experiences are core to our learning, with each learner able to make full use of both our indoor and outdoor learning spaces.
Focus on Wellbeing and Development
At Little Investigators, our children, their development, and their wellbeing, are at the heart of everything we do.
From the design of our physical spaces to our philosophy for learning, Little Investigators draws from Reggio Emilia – an internationally renowned approach for creating environments, relationships and experiences – that encourages children to explore their potential through play, interaction, inquiry and curiosity.
'Big School' Opportunities
Our Little Investigators benefit from the full resourcing of Investigator College, with opportunities to explore specialised areas of both the Victor Harbor and Currency Creek campuses.
From our dedicated Nature Play area, to feeding animals in the Agriculture Shed and day trips to the Currency Creek EcoCentre, our ELC students have the opportunity to experience a range of different environments each week.
Our ELC students are also actively involved in assemblies, and spend time exploring new areas of our campus, with a focus on engagement with older students, building connections that assist with a smooth transition into Prep or Reception.
Caring and Supportive Staff
Understanding the important role they play in caring, guiding and nurturing young learners at the very beginning of their learning journey, our staff are highly trained and offer both supervision for intentional play alongside structured learning, helping to prepare each child for their eventual transition into Junior School.
Across our entire school community, our staff work in partnership with parents and families to ensure each individual learner has the fullest opportunity to become, and be, their very best self.
Every day is a new adventure in our Early Learning Centre, but in general our approach to teaching and learning seeks to provide:
Emphasis on individual attention and tailoring learning programs and activities to the developmental and social and emotional needs of each child.
Focus on the development of strong socio-emotional and relationship building skills that equip children for future learning.
Combination of play-based and structured learning activities that help each learner to make discoveries, explore new ideas and develop new abilities with confidence.
Excellent preparation for transition into Preparation or Reception, with a guaranteed place at Investigator College.
Teaching and Learning approaches underpinned by both the Early Years Learning Framework and Reggio Emilia practices to guide and nurture holisitc development.
Access to specialised learning programs and opportunities to explore specialised learning environments, including visits to our eco-learning centre at Currency Creek.
Key Early Learning Staff
Head of Junior School
Early Childhood Teacher