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GSG'S Early Childhood Centre is committed to providing students with a holistic education that prepares children to participate and achieve in the community and in society.
The GSG Early Childhood Centre (ECC) provides children with their first experiences of Great Southern Grammar. We build upon children's existing knowledge and understanding of the world around them, creating a safe and secure environment to begin their learning journey at our school.
We create a warm, caring and nurturing environment that exhibits creativity, learning through play, intentional teaching, strong relationships and opportunities for each child to strive for personal excellence.
To arrange a tour of Early Childhood Centre facilities, visit thislink
About the Early Childhood Programme
Early childhood is a time of significant development for the child physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. At Great Southern Grammar, we recognise the importance of this phase of schooling.
We provide a child-centred, educationally rich programme that provides a sound transition from home to school, based on the importance of creative and social play.
The ECC places emphasis on knowledge and skill acquisition within a stimulating learning environment based on the principle that children learn from playing and doing while having fun. Children’s social world continues to expand as they experience playtime with others. Language-rich learning experiences provide children with many opportunities to develop essential pre-literacy and numeracy skills.
Children are encouraged to become thinkers through exploring interesting, real-world questions and problem-solving.
Foundation numeracy and literacy skills are the key focus from Kindergarten through to Year Two. Considerable teaching emphasis is given to ensure that each child receives the best start for further learning.
At GSG the ECC is an integral part of the school. Theorists that influence our teaching practice include:
What We Believe:
ECC Students Learn Best Through:
Early Childhood Centre Principles:
Early Childhood Centre Practices:
The principles outlined above underpin the practices that teaching staff adopt to provide an enriching early childhood programme.
1. An integrated and holistic approach
2. Responsiveness to children
3. Learning through play
4. Intentional teaching
5. Learning environments
6. Cultural competence
7. Continuity of learning and transitions
8. Assessment for learning
ECC Parents Expect:
The Importance of Nature Learning
GSG is situated on 144-acres of picturesque oceanfront land. Our campus enables students to have unique onsite access to both bushland and foreshore environments.
Great Southern Grammar is part of what has become an international movement to reconnect children with nature. We value that children learn a great deal from interacting with the natural environment. The deep learning that happens through engagement in the outdoors includes the development of language concepts and relationship development. Such engagement also teaches children how to assess and take risks.
The benefits of outside play are countless. Aside from the emotional benefits of fun, enjoyment and self-expression, there are endless developmental benefits in cognitive, affective, social, physical, attentional and language development. Importantly, play encourages risk-taking and gives children opportunities to be involved in real life meaningful experiences. Outside play allows children to problem-solve situations and develop their sense of creativity.
Learning music is a challenging and rewarding experience that all Junior School students are encouraged to pursue. Students have fun while learning the skills of persistence, concentration and coordination. All students participate in weekly music lessons and instrumental tuition is available for most instruments. All Year Two students have the opportunity to try the violin or cello and many continue this into their senior years. A variety of choirs, bands and ensembles provide students with a wonderful opportunity to shine in this important area.
Hosted each Friday during Term
The purpose of hosting playgroup at GSG is to provide a child centred, nurturing environment for toddlers and their parents, offering a smooth transition from home life to the Great Southern Grammar Kindergarten.
The free sessions, facilitated by a qualified Early Childhood Educator, run on Friday mornings from 9.00am – 11.00am in the Kindergarten room. Families interested in joining our playgroup are invited to attend a session without obligation, however, those who wish to attend playgroup on an ongoing basis should complete an enrolment form.
Please visit thislinkto find full details of the Playgroup activities.
For information or to book, contact Mrs Jackie Boyce on 9844 0314 or firstname.lastname@example.org