We offer the following Programmes:

Nursery Programme (6 months – 18 months)

We have early childhood qualified educators and a registered nurse responsible for the care and education of babies 6months to 18months.

The Nursery Program aims to develop the whole child in a nurturing environment and seeks to engage them in learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate and in partnership with family.

The educators are guided by the national curriculum “The Early Years Learning Framework” and by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, to plan and implement the program.

The program is based on observations of each baby and follows their development and emerging interests.  The program is informed by current research that tells us babies learn best through play and by actively using their senses together with their peers.

 The role of the Teacher

We know that babies already have an inherent desire to learn, therefore the educators’ role is to intentionally provide support, guidance and inspiration to further develop their learning. Opportunities to learn through play is an integral part of the Nursery Program.  This “play based” approach encourages babies to inquire, experiment and problem solve, in other words to be curious and active researchers about their world.

Primary Care

To aid attachment and settling we use the Primary Care model, where each baby has an educator responsible for their care and program needs.  The primary care model is based on Attachment Theory. This theory regards as very important the establishment of a sense of security in babies with their Educators.  Educators who are available and responsive to their baby’s needs will create a secure base for the baby to explore their surroundings because they know that the caregiver is dependable.

All experiences in the Nursery Program are intended to lay the foundation for life long learning.

Toddler Programme (18 months – 3 Years)

At Cranley House and Ashgrove House we have early childhood qualified educators responsible for the care and education of toddlers 18 months up to 3 years.

The Toddler Program aims to develop the whole child in a nurturing environment and seeks to engage them in learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate and in partnership with family.

The educators are guided by the national curriculum “The Early Years Learning Framework” and by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, to plan and implement the program.

The program is based on observations of each child and follows their development and emerging interests.  The program is informed by current research that tells that children learn best through play, and by actively using their senses together with their peers.

 The role of the Teacher

We know that children already have an inherent desire to learn, therefore the educators’ role is to intentionally provide support, guidance and inspiration to further develop their learning. Opportunities to learn through play is an integral part of the Toddler Program.  This “play based” approach encourages toddlers to inquire, experiment and problem solve, in other words, to be curious and active researchers about their world.

Transition to ELC

As the children move closer to 3years they are supported to transition into the ELC program.  This involves visits to the ELC space and time spent with the ELC educators

Learning

Some of the learning that may happen in the Toddler Program are:

  • Creativity – art, drama, dance, music and movement.
  • Communication – STEM – science, technology, English and maths.
  • Health and Wellbeing – cooking, gardening, sustainability, nature and physical play.
  • Community and socialisation- opportunities to practice social skill such as sharing, turn taking, and group work.

All experiences in the Toddler Program are intended to lay the foundation for life long learning.

ELC programme

We have early childhood degree qualified teachers responsible for the education of children.

The ELC Program aims to develop the whole child socially, emotionally, creatively, cognitively and physically. Essential independence skills are fostered to enable children to become self directed learners.  We support family participation as partners in the education of their children.

The ELC teachers’ are guided by the national curriculum “The Early Years Learning Framework” and by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, to plan and implement the program.

The program is based on the emerging interests of children and follows current research that tells us children learn best through play based engagement and by actively using their senses together with their peers.

 The role of the Teacher

We know that children already have an inherent desire to learn, therefore the teachers’ role is to intentionally provide support, guidance and inspiration to further develop children’s learning. The “project approach” is used by the ELC teachers’ as a method to incorporate the children’s emerging interests and to provide opportunities to learn through play.  This approach encourages children to inquire, experiment and problem solve, in other words to be curious and active researchers about their world.

Learning

Some of the learning that may happen through short and long term projects are:

  • Creativity – art, drama, dance, music and movement.
  • Communication – STEM – science, technology, English and maths.
  • Health and Wellbeing – cooking, gardening, sustainability, nature and physical play.
  • Community and socialisation- excursions and incursions, links with the community (local playgrounds, library and local walks or special visitors) and opportunities to work collaboratively with their peer group.

All experiences in the ELC Program are intended to lay the foundation for life long learning.

 The Kindergarten Programme

At Cranley House and Ashgrove House we have early childhood degree qualified teachers responsible for the education of children in their year before school.  The year before school is called the Kindergarten year.

The Kindergarten Program aims to develop the whole child’s love of learning, and supports their transition to school in partnership with family.

The Kindergarten teachers’ are guided by the national curriculum “The Early Years Learning Framework” and by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, to plan and implement the program.

The program is based on the emerging interests of children and follows current research that tells us children learn best through play based engagement and by actively using their senses together with their peers.

The role of the Teacher

We know that children already have an inherent desire to learn, therefore the teachers’ role is to intentionally provide support, guidance and inspiration to further develop children’s learning. The “project approach” is used by the Kindergarten teachers’ as a method to incorporate the children’s emerging interests and to provide opportunities to learn through play.  This approach encourages children to inquire, experiment and problem solve, in other words to be curious and active researchers about their world.

Learning

Some of the learning that may happen through short and long term projects are:

  • Creativity – art, drama, dance, music and movement.
  • Communication – STEM – science, technology, English and maths.
  • Health and Wellbeing – cooking, gardening, sustainability, nature and physical play.
  • Community and socialisation- excursions and incursions, links with the community (local playgrounds, library and local walks or special visitors) and opportunities to work collaboratively with their peer group.

Lunch box Program

The children are encouraged to bring their own lunch and water bottle each day to help them prepare for school life.  Morning and afternoon snacks are provided by the centre chef.

All experiences in the Kindergarten Program are intended to lay the foundation for life long learning.

Playgroup Programme

Ashgrove House and Cranley House run a weekly playgroup program for families.  Families attend with their children and join in activities with our playgroup coordinators over a 2 hour period. To be involved in our playgroup, families are required to become members of  Playgroup SA.  This entitles families to many benefits, such as discounted entry into Playgroup SA events, including Playgroup at the Zoo and free special event Playgroups such as Easter, Christmas and Book Week Playgroups. Members have access to a wide range of Playgroup resources, tools and ideas – in response to the needs and wants of the Playgroup Community.

Please contact the centre Director for more details regarding the days, hours and fees for our playgroups.