Early Learning Program
Enrol NOW for 2020Enrol NOW for 2019Welcome to Meerilinga’s Early Learning Program (ELP) where your child’s early education and care is our first priority. We’re looking forward to working with you to enrich your child’s future.
About our Early Learning Programs
Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation was established as a charity and not-for-profit organisation to promote the rights of children and support families with their child’s learning and development. This flows through into each of our six community centres. Meerilinga Early Learning Programs are built on “play with purpose”. Letting children revel the wonders of childhood in a safe and inclusive environment, while developing essential life skills through guided play-based learning. Meerilinga Early Learning Programs offer families a quality and affordable alternative to the standard childcare setting. Let your child learn through fun play-based activities building their independence, resilience, confidence, social skills, cognitive learning and problem solving and of course basic math, language and literacy skills.
Over the many years that Meerilinga has been teaching and caring for children in Western Australia, a number of things have become very apparent to us. The first is that a strong connection between our families and educators is essential. We recognise you are the first teacher of your child and we look forward to forging an exciting and rewarding partnership with you, your child and your community. You know your child best and we welcome your input and encourage conversations to help us better understand him/her to develop colourful and engaging programs tailored to their strengths and interests as we care for your child.
The staff of Meerilinga’s Early Learning Programs come from many different cultural backgrounds, as do many of our families, and this rich tapestry has a huge positive impact on the learning experience at Meerilinga. Cultural heritage is a big part of the ELP and has led to many opportunities for the children to explore and learn and – even more importantly – to belong. We actively encourage our families to share their cultural heritage.
At the heart of all our learning programs is the knowledge that children who learn through play are happier and more confident. Studies recommend that preschool aged children engage in 15 hours of quality early education per week and our colourful, nature based Early Learning Programs – guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS) – offer a refreshing alternative to the standard childcare offering. The EYLF is a national framework supporting children from birth to 5 years. The framework’s vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life, its all about being, belonging and becoming. See our Family Handbook for more information.
At Meerilinga we maintain clear and consistent communication with our parents and families through our Flexibuzz App which ensures parents peace of mind and the ability to follow their child’s learning journey as it happens. The digital communication platform enables us to keep parents up to date with important learning and medical information and – equally importantly – the fun their children are in engaged in throughout the day as they learn through play. As of 2020, we will be implementing a diverse new way of programming, using Early Childhood Documenting and Programming partner, Early Works. Early Works provides families with the opportunity to view and engage with the Early Learning Program in far greater detail, at a time and location that best suits them.
Our educators work in partnership with families and the community to develop programs that are responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities while the aesthetic design of our centres also helps to facilitate these programs. We are constantly finding innovative ways to teach your children about the world in which they live, embedding activities encouraging environmental sustainability and safe play practices in and out of the services.
While all of our centres have different layouts, they all share the same design principles. Well thought out internal spaces, and outdoor learning environments that are inviting and specifically designed to inspire a connection to nature. Providing children with endless opportunities gain a better understanding of the environment and sustainability. A number of our centres also have chickens which the children love to look after and it’s a great opportunity for them to learn about contributing to the world around them.
If you’re looking for a more education focused version of childcare, we invite you to come and experience one of our pre-kindy programs for yourself. All of our new families are able to come in for a free orientation for their child to meet the educators and other children in the program. Be warned, you will encounter dress-ups, play, singing, and laughter, all of which are encouraged so that your child can learn and develop through their natural love of play.
Our Early Learning Programs are now available at Ballajura, Beechboro, Coolbellup, High Wycombe, Kingsley and Woodvale.
Please note, to enrol your child you must provide the following documents:
- Enrolment Application Form
- Birth Certificate
- Immunisation Record Statement
- Medical Management Plan
- Completed Easy Pay – Direct Debit
For more information, please see our Family Handbook.