Early Learning Centre

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Learning through having fun

Children explore, investigate and discover through play

The Blackfriars Early Learning Centre offers an integrated play-based curriculum for boys and girls aged 3 - 5 years in a safe and welcoming learning environment.

An inquiry based approach, including learning through play, investigation and exploration, provides our youngest learners with the opportunity to pursue their individual interests and our staff to cater for their specific needs

Being part of the Blackfriars school community, the Blackfriars ELC offers your son or daughter a unique opportunity to access specialist staff and facilities in the areas of music, art, drama, physical education, ICT, languages and sciences.

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Welcome

I extend the warmest of welcome to your family to the Blackfriars Early Learning Centre.

Each individual child is unique and we endeavour to make a difference in the lives of every one in our ELC community. Our ELC environment provides a safe, stimulating and caring place where mutual respect and the building of positive relationships is paramount. We know that children respond to positive interactions, an enriched play environment and an inclusive social setting that allows for open communication and self-expression.

We acknowledge that parents are their child’s first teacher and encourage interactions that enhance the sharing of information in a reciprocal manner. At our ELC, both formal and informal processes are part of the information process covering children’s development, the activities they take part in and the social relationships they form.

I look forward to meeting with you and your family and welcome any queries you may have.

Mrs Karen McEntee 
Director, Blackfriars Early Learning Centre

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Kindergarten Program

8:30am - 3:00pm*

3 year olds

  • Sessions offered: 2-5 day options available

4-5 year olds

  • Sessions offered: 3-5 days options available

* Extended Hours Care

  • Morning | 7:30 - 8:30am
  • Afternoon | 3:00 - 6:00pm

The Blackfriars ELC is registered for the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

Services are offered 50 weeks per year for children aged 3-5 years.

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Contact the ELC

Address
26 Highbury Street, Prospect SA 5082
PO Box 86, Prospect SA 5082

General Queries
Karen McEntee
Director, Early Learning Centre
Phone: 08 8169 3955
Email: elc@bps.sa.edu.au

ELC Enrolment Queries
Joanna Rossi
Registrar
Phone: 08 8169 3954
Email: registrar@bps.sa.edu.au

View the Early Learning Centre

To arrange a personal visit to the Early Learning Centre, please contact Blackfriars Registrar, Joanna Rossi,
on 8169 3954 or at registrar@bps.sa.edu.au

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Early Learning Centre exceeds quality standards

The Blackfriars ELC continues to exceed all National Quality Standards (NQS) for the delivery of childcare services.

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  • Quality Area 1 - Educational Program and Practice - EXCEEDING NQS
    • Standard 1.1 - An Approved Learning Framework informs the development of a curriculum that enhances each child’s learning and development.
  • Quality Area 2 - Children’s Health and Safety - EXCEEDING NQS
    • Standard 2.1 - Each child’s health is promoted
  • Quality Area 3 - Physical Environment - EXCEEDING NQS
    • Standard 3.1 - The design and location of the premises is appropriate for the operation of a service.
  • Quality Area 4 - Staffing Arrangements - EXCEEDING NQS
    • Standard 4.1 - Staffing arrangements enhance children’s learning and development and ensure their safety and wellbeing
  • Quality Area 5 - Relationships with Children - EXCEEDING NQS
    • Standard 5.1 - Respectful and equitable relationships are developed and maintained with each child.
  • Quality Area 6 - Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities - EXCEEDING NQS
    • Standard 6.1 - Respectful, supportive relationships with families are developed and maintained.
  • Quality Area 7 - Leadership and Service Management - EXCEEDING NQS
    • Standard 7.1 - Effective leadership promotes a positive organisational culture and builds a professional learning community.