Early Learning Centre

Loreto Early Learning Centre is a dynamic learning environment which encourages exploration and play, allowing children to discover a sense of identity and place.

              Early Learning Centre

Located in a beautiful heritage house on our historic grounds, the Early Learning Centre caters for girls and boys from six weeks to five years of age. A comforting sentiment of home is created through the house environment, in turn facilitating a sense of family and belonging.

Central to our approach is the concept of play based learning which focuses on the process of discovery and inspires children to be curious and creative. The Centre offers four programs:

  • Gumnut
    Nurture & Grow: for children 6 weeks to 18 months.
  • Wattle
    Explore & Become: for children 18 months to 3 years.
  • Banksia
    Connect & Enrich: for children 3 to 4 years.
  • Preschool
    A preschool program for children 4 to 5 years.

Educators use intentional teaching practices, providing hands-on investigations that reflect each child’s individual interests, experiences and developmental needs. Making sense of their world through active engagement with educators, other children, and their surroundings, learning is a reciprocal process that encourages children to ask questions, communicate ideas and reflect on their experiences.

Early literacy and numeracy learning experiences are combined with storytelling, music, art, design and movement to form the integral components of each program, nurturing new thoughts and deeper understanding.

An essential element of our Centre is our nature play space, The Enchanted Garden. Here our children discover the joys of imaginative play and experience the wonder and excitement of exploring the natural world.

We support children and families through the transitions between home and early learning, and early learning and school. Our focus on learning facilitates a sense of connectedness between the College and our families and ensures a supportive and enriching learning environment for all children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Children have a strong sense of identity.
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
  • Children are confident and involved learners.
  • Children are effective communicators.

For more information on the Loreto Early Learning Centre, please read the information document below. To enrol, please visit our ELC Enrolment page.

ELC Family Information Handbook

Child Care Subsidy

Due to the imminent changes to the Child Care payments, you need to do a Centrelink Child Care Subsidy Assessment now. You can do your assessment through myGov using your Centrelink online account. Or, through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
This is important, because if you don’t do your assessment, you may not receive any subsidy from 2 July.
Please do this as soon as possible. To find out more, visit education.gov.au/childcare or watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q6sTeqWkcY.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Office on 08 8334 4200 or via email finance@loreto.sa.edu.au.