Teaching and Learning

Early Learning Centre

The Shelford Early Learning Centre is co-educational, with a Toddler group for children from 18 months of age and 3 Year Old and 4 Year Old Kindergarten programs.

The Centre:

  • Exceeds the National Quality Standards
  • Offers extended hours care from 7.30am until 6pm
  • Includes specialist classes - Sport, Music, Library, Jolly Phonics and Feuerstein IE
  • Child Care benefits and rebates apply

Shelford's Mission

Shelford strives to provide a quality education that encompasses the moral, physical, intellectual, social, emotional and aesthetic development of all students within a safe, caring and supportive community that acknowledges its rich heritage and Christian traditions.

Shelford's Values

At Shelford, our core values underpin all that we do; they are embedded in every endeavour that we undertake.

Respect: celebrating excellence and diversity, being mindful of the needs of others, caring for the environment and encouraging community building and service.

Integrity
: being courteous, reliable, honest, loyal and trustworthy and behaving ethically and making principled decisions that make a positive contribution to our community.

Passion: encouraging independent, self-aware and confident children to develop a love of learning, a desire and determination to make a positive contribution to a changing world, the courage and confidence to try new things, reach out to others and strive for justice.

Creativity: embracing the challenges of a changing world and responding with curiosity, imagination and innovative thinking.

ELC Philosophy

Shelford is a close, caring and connected community.  Our educators work to develop strong relationships with our students and community.

"A key role of each early childhood professional is to build children's confidence, sense of wellbeing and security, and their motivation to engage actively in learning with others." VEYLDF  p7  Ongoing reflective practice informs our ongoing development as a service.

Our philosophy is based upon the Early Years Learning Framework and continues to draw from current research and best practice, including the philosophies and teachings of Reggio Emilia and The Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment program.  We see learning and playing as a journey of discovery about ourselves and our world.  Our current research as a staff team is in the fields of self-regulation and the development of conceptual understandings.

Image of the Child

All of our children come to us with a wealth of knowledge and experiences.  We see children as competent and capable participants in their learning journey and seek to draw out each child's innate curiosity and drive to understand our world.