Your look beyond the doors at Grammar Early Learning Centre

Located in the heart of Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s 100-acre (40-hectare) playground, Grammar Early Learning Centre is not your ordinary childcare experience.

It combines the extensive facilities of the school with an inquiry-based early years program. With Bachelor-qualified kindergarten teachers, Grammar ELC is in the enviable position of providing  it’s youngest students with a well-rounded blend of school readiness and exploration.

Grammar Early Learning Kindy teacher Sarah Peterson says the program focuses on enabling children to be curious. It explores a variety of educational offerings.

“Children can identify activities they’re really interested in,” Ms Peterson says. “This helps our families with what after-school programs they might participate in the future.”

Exposure to a wide range of activities not only sparks interest in students, it also develops their social, fine and gross motor skills in new and diverse ways.

“Students develop the confidence to step outside their comfort zone,” Ms Peterson says. “If they’ve been encouraged to try things that may be unfamiliar to them when young, they’re much more confident to try new and challenging activities once they get to school and beyond.”


Experiences available as part of Sunshine Coast Grammar’s Kindergarten Program

Rainforest Kindy

Grammar Early Learning Centre is surrounded by magnificent rainforest. It takes full advantage of its location by including weekly Rainforest Kindy sessions.

“Our school rainforest area overlooks our picturesque lakes, and we enjoy free play and exploring in nature,” Ms Peterson says. “We watch the seasons and make connections to our natural surroundings. It’s a very beautiful space.”

The Rainforest Kindy helps children build resilience, encourages confidence and growth whilst making and building on environmental heritage connections.

Swimming and sport

Grammar Early Learning Centre offers on-site swimming lessons at the Grammar Aquatic Centre. There is also a comprehensive sports program including tennis in its weekly rotations. Both activities can feed into the main school program where children can continue lessons as they develop and grow.

The Centre also participates in Ready Steady Go Kids, which introduces 10 core sports to kids in a fun, child-centric way. This helps children develop a broad range of skills and creates a positive connection with sport.

“The Ready Steady Go Kids program was designed by a paediatric physiotherapist and occupational therapist. It aims to enhance children’s gross and fine motor skills, whilst encouraging a love for sports and preparing them for the early school years,” Ms Peterson says.

Grammar Early Learning Centre students also do weekly yoga. This allows children to experience mindfulness and the calming effects of yoga and meditation.

Grammar Early Learning Centre’s academic foundations

Of course, in a well-rounded early learning program, academic foundations are critical.

“We have a strong focus on early literacy and numeracy,” Ms Peterson says.

“Academic experiences are more play-based and child-led in our early learning setting. We take each child’s individual interests and pull that into our program, planning for those children who are ready for writing and numbers.”

Kindy students also participate in a weekly Japanese program, through the Early Leaning Languages Australia (ELLA) program. The program helps children learn to respect diversity as they grasp new cultures. ELLA encourages families to share home languages, too. The Centre also has a strong focus on indigenous culture and acknowledging the local First Nations people, the Gubbi Gubbi people.

At the weekly library sessions held at Sunshine Coast Grammar School Primary Library, students are encouraged to read and borrow new books.

“Reading to children supports them with literacy learning and engagement, including listening to sounds, words and language,” Ms Peterson says. “It also encourages creativity, imagination, thinking skills and excitement. Children are encouraged to ask questions, which helps expand their understandings of the world around them.”

She says the Centre ensures students experience all aspects of schooling during their kindy years.

“This gives them a real passion for learning and helps prepare them for school,” Ms Peterson says.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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