At the Catholic Early Learning Centre (CELC) we believe that each child is a valuable and
unique individual created by God. We value each child as an individual who can make
choices about their own learning. We believe that children are theory builders and problem
solvers, who learn best by making meaning of their world through play, relationships and
experiences. We value children as social beings and recognise that they co-construct
knowledge with peers, their families and our staff.
We value play as a learning process that enables each child to learn through concrete
‘hands on’ experiences such as doing, creating, experimenting, predicting, imagining,
achieving, investigating, and identifying strengths.
Learning through play is how children “organise and make sense of their social worlds”
Using innovative and creative activities as enriching learning experiences. Children will be
encouraged to discover ‘self’ and feel safe to explore within the world around them. We will
encourage children to have ownership of their learning, which will empower them and build
a passion for knowledge. Children should feel a sense of belonging in their environment; we
will nurture their being while celebrating their present and future and what they are
Our CELC aims to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and
develop a foundation for future success in learning . We work collaboratively with families in
promoting children's learning by implementing the Early Years Learning Framework and
applying best practice as reflective of the National Quality Framework.
We provide an enriching inclusive environment that recognises diversity, including culture
and ability. We work in partnership with families, Catholic school leaders and Catholic
parishes to promote Gospel values and traditions while respecting the individuality of
families and children.
CELC educators work in collaborative partnerships with the school community, intervention
services and families. The CELC staff members value all stakeholders’ knowledge and
contributions by embedding trust and free communication in a reciprocal relationship that is
respectful of one another by sharing insights and perspectives concerning each individual