The centre uses the Early Years Learning Framework as the foundation for planning the learning environment with a collaborative staff team approach. We strive to have child and parent input into the learning design. Children are encouraged to learn through their play, take safe risks, problem solve, extend their creativity, explore the environment and centre resources and use them in their own ways, to learn how to play safely and respectfully with others and to acknowledge diversity and equity in their play. The staff support children to develop skills, knowledge and dispositions that will support them to be confident and creative 21st century learners. It is important that children today learn to adapt to change both now and in the future and the staff strive to ensure each child is supported now and to support their future in their life- long learning journey.
Belonging Being and Becoming the early years learning framework for Australia.
The DECD Preschool Outdoor Learning Project has committed to creating 20 new outdoor learning areas in South Australian preschools between 2014 and 2018. Elizabeth Grove Children’s Centre’s outdoors learning environments are currently part of this project.
The design and build of the outdoor spaces at this centre takes into account authentic contributions from children, families and the local communities. The engagement process is helping to create a culturally appropriate environment that strengthens the local community.
The areas being developed over two separate spaces will enhance children's curiosity and experience in play by using unique features such as a mound, gardens and a creek bed, a mud kitchens, natural climbing activities incorporating a large tree, sensory experiences and rockeries. It is a free and open-sourced style of learning that guides the relationships children have with their environment, family and peers.