Ilim Glenroy Early Learning Centre Philosophy
Our shared vision revolves around enabling and empowering individual students to achieve their potential within a learning environment based on Islamic teachings that are safe, positive, caring, inclusive and welcoming.
At Ilim Glenroy Early Learning Centre, we believe and respect that children learn best by play. Play has cognitive, physical, emotional and social benefits for the child. Play is a time when children can make sense of their world and this is fostered throughout the program.
The philosophy and teaching practices of Ilim Glenroy Early Learning Centre is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. This approach is a pedagogy that respects the child as an individual body, which can be expressive, make decisions, probe, problem-solve, reflect, ponder and be empowered to pave their own learning.
The educator is seen as the researcher who constantly tries to discover more about the child. They document the child’s interests, ideas, wonderings, conversations and track the learning which is occurring. They collaborate with peers to reflect on learning and facilitate experiences. Experiences are developed through the child’s interests, family input, community influences and the curriculum. Educators facilitate the experiences and provide the necessary tools and materials to complete the task. It is also the educator’s role to add a degree of complexity to the experience to allow for higher order thinking.
Children’s learning is evident through ‘100 languages’ which refers to the many creative forms in which children express themselves. Art is used as a graphic language to make the learning experience visible. The children are asked to regularly reflect, revisit and critique their own work and enhance their experiences as their understanding develops. This learning is documented in the form of a portfolio, which is displayed for families to enjoy and reflect upon.
At Ilim Glenory Early Learning Centre the environment is seen as the third educator. Objects/tools/materials are displayed at child height and catergorised for easier selection and aesthetics. The indoors environment allows for independency and autonomous experiences based on interests. Art materials are selected to stimulate creativity and exposure to various forms of expression.
At Ilim Glenroy Early Centre there is a strong emphasis on sustainability, and the outdoors is used as a natural learning environment. Recycled and natural objects are used as learning tools and mediums to express themselves. Spending time outdoors in a natural setting allows for a connection and appreciation of the environment.
Routines such as meal times, resting and personal hygiene practices are used to enhance learning and reflect practices at home. Children will participate in organising the day and routines. Routines will also help children work towards an acquired sense of independency and autonomy.
Our Early Learning Centre uses the fundamentals of The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia as a guide; that children experience belonging (knowing where and with whom they belong), being (recognise the significance of the here and now) and becoming (reflect the process of rapid change). The outcomes of the framework are used to guide the teaching and learning practice;
- 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
Literacy, Numeracy and Islamic Studies are carefully integrated and embedded into the learning environment and program. The learning program provides the necessary skills, concepts and expectations for children to make a smooth transition into Ilim College.
Hours of Operation
We seek to be a community Centre ensuring that then needs of the Ilim family and the wider local community are being met. We will be open 47 weeks per year, hours of operation are from 7.30am – 6.00pm.
During the month of Ramadan, our operational hours are 7.30am - 5.00pm.
We educate and care for children aged from 6 months to 5 years old.
- A fee of $50.00 per child will be charged upon enrolment
- Long Day Care & Kindergarten $120.00 per child per day