Category: ELC


Literacy in the Early Years

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Literacy typically refers to reading and writing skills. Literacy skills that are developed during the early years of a child’s life can help them in being successful later on in school. Spending time reading with children from an early age helps them develop a solid foundation for literacy. At St John’s Grammar in the Four-Year-Old  … Read more

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Healthy Lunch

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Halloween has come and gone and being well and truly into Term 4, Christmas and the silly sugar season is nearly upon us. Over the past few weeks, we have been noticing increasing numbers of confectionery and sugary treats sneaking into children’s lunch boxes. Whilst we appreciate the rationale behind these “forbidden fruits”, they are  … Read more

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Vital Information Regarding Fire Safety at the ELC

By Amanda Bertschinger,

To ensure safety of the children attending the Early Learning Centre, St John’s Grammar School provides relevant policies and information on the school website. Below are excerpts for the school policies for your immediate attention. The Early Learning Centre is situated in an area of High Bushfire Risk. The School’s Policies and Procedures have been  … Read more

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Bushfire Prevention

By Lucy Shelton,

South Australia Police are committed to preventing bushfires in our local area. Please view the fact sheets below and take action now to keep your property and our local area safe this summer. School Fire Prevention Home and Business Fire Prevention Rural Fire Prevention Please direct any queries to the Crime Prevention Office on 8207  … Read more

“Let’s Get Physical”

By Amanda Bertschinger,

When we reflect on the significant things we can do to keep our mind and body feeling good and functioning well, one of those most valuable things is ‘being active’ and unfortunately, it is often the most common thing we let slide as we get older. By adolescence, we often will see an increase in  … Read more

ELC Shortening Sheoak

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Within the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) there are three basic concepts that children’s lives are characterised by. They are Belonging, Being and Becoming. This refers to how, even before birth, a child is linked to family, community, culture and place. Through these relationships, a child’s development and learning takes place as they begin to  … Read more

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Early Childhood Screen Time

By Amanda Bertschinger,

New research findings continue to question and debate young children and ‘screen time’ usage. Current Australian Guidelines recommend that children under 2 years should not have any screen time, questioning whether babies are overexposed to smartphones, tablets and laptops – a hot topic for family and educational discussions. Early childhood educators at St John’s advocate  … Read more

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Transition Within the Early Learning Centre

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The ELC team, along with the Junior School leadership team, have been working together to build a robust and inclusive transition for all the children as they move from one familiar setting and onto a new challenge. At the Early Learning Centre this process happens each Semester, following the entry of our students into the  … Read more

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Responding to Diversity in the ELC

By Amanda Bertschinger,

In our modern, diverse society and a world that increasingly recognises the realities of global interdependence, it is essential that children learn cultural competence. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) states: ‘Cultural competence is much more than awareness of cultural difference. It is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across  … Read more

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Your Child’s Capabilities

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Dr Maria Montessori realised that children are capable of learning much more than generally believed. Similarly, we also can under-estimate the abilities of children. Montessori’s teaching brought about remarkable results and set the foundation for the Montessori system. One of Montessori’s key concepts is the idea that children are driven by their desire to become  … Read more

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