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Early Learning Gives Scotch Students Headstart
Written on the 5 August 2014 by scotch
This article appeared in Lifestyle Magazine, August 1 2014
Three and four-year-old children are receiving a first-class start to their schooling at Scotch College through a new Early Learning Centre that has lifted the standard for pre-school education.
The Argyll House Early Learning Centre within Scotch's picturesque Mitcham Campus opened last year and is helping young children make a smooth transition from home to school life through leading-edge programs.
Scotch College's Director of Early Years, Tania Darling, says the College prides itself on providing personalised learning to students from the ELC through to its Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.
"Children learn best when they feel safe, happy and respected, so we're committed to providing a supportive learning environment where children are taught to respect each other and to value their interactions with others through play and discovery," she said.
"Individual wellbeing, tailored learning and community building are all guiding Scotch's modern approach to early childhood education, which is already leading to fantastic results and extremely positive feedback from parents."
Mrs Darling says every child at the Scotch Early Learning Centre is given a learning plan based on their individual interests, staff observations and parent insights that help direct learning approaches and enhance outcomes.
"The ELC is led by highly qualified staff who strive to nurture relationships between young students and provide emotional support for children and their families as they embark on their educational pathway," she said.
"We work in partnership with families to ensure learning experiences are meaningful and that decision-making is shared by providing a curriculum that promotes inclusion and the participation of all children.
"Ultimately, our aim is to give each child the best possible start to their school life."
The Scotch Early Learning Centre offers unique opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities both indoors and outdoors that help young children learn to explore, manipulate, discover, experiment and express themselves as individuals.
The Centre also provides specialist lessons in art, dance, physical education, music and languages such as French, which is rare for Early Learning Centres anywhere in the world.
In addition to spacious and secure grassed play areas, children also enjoy supervised access to the College's fully functioning agricultural farm and campus animals, which provides a popular real-life learning environment.
"Young children are influenced in their early development by their ability to explore, think independently and solve problems," said Mrs Darling. "While play can assist develop so many useful skills and help cultivate a lifelong passion for learning and exploration, which Scotch continually endeavours to impart to all students."
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