Results of the government commissioned “Lifting Our Game” report (2017) have just been released, clearly highlighting that ‘early childhood education is an investment’ – a knowledge that has guided Meerilinga for over 100 years.
The report found that ALL 3 year olds should optimally be involved in quality early education 15 hours per week, with statistics showing that children who start school behind their peers often stay behind. Not only does early childhood education make a significant contribution to achieving excellence in school, it also has broader impacts on society; linked to higher levels of employment, improved health outcomes, income and financial security and reduced crime.
Which begs the question – is your child getting the early education they need? In Meerilinga’s 2.5 – 4 year old Early Learning Programs (ELPs), we combine quality early education with the care that families need. Built on the theory of “play with purpose”, Meerilinga works in partnership with families and the community to offer play-based, pre-kindy programs that are responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities. Building on real-life experiences, Meerilinga’s Early Learning Programs incorporate practical life lessons into every class. Our children are frequently enjoying visits from Izzy the Lizard, learning about passenger safety, pedestrian safety and safety on wheels in fun and unique ways. See SDERA’s website for HEAPS of helpful information for parents about road safety.