Category: ELC


“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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Thinking About “Awe”

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Have you ever asked yourself the question “When was the last time I actually saw something for the first time?”……… How quickly it seems that we become attuned and familiar with our surroundings, often absorbed by the busyness of our lives or the repetition of our days. Lucky for us here in the Rectory, we  … Read more

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Transitioning in the ELC

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Change can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be….. Throughout the last few weeks, many of our students have begun an important transition of change. Next term, some of our students will be moving from the ELC to the Junior School into the mid-year Reception class. Another group will be moving from the 3  … Read more

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Belonging

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The Early Years Learning Framework is built around three basic concepts that represent life and living. They are Belonging, Being and Becoming. They refer to how a child – even before birth – 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

  Category: ELC