Early Learning Program
Welcome 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.
Over the many years that Meerilinga has been teaching and caring for the children of 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.
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. Our colourful, nature based Early Learning Programs are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS). The EYLF is a national framework for 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.
All five of our ELPs have been awarded ‘Exceeding’ by the NQS and are tailored to the children’s interests. 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.
While all of our centres have different layouts, they all share the same design principles. Well thought out internal spaces, and outside 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.
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 trial day 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 five central locations around the Perth Metropolitan area and from January 2018 we are looking forward to starting the new year with the expansion of our Early Learning Program to our Ballajura Children and Family Centre.
For more information, please see out Early Learning Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).