Welcome to Lock Early Learning Centre

Lock Early Learning Centre is a Department of Education and Child Development Preschool.

We are located on South Tce. Lock, and share the grounds and some facilities with the Lock Area School. Lock Area School operates as a separate service and caters for children from reception to year 10. Lock is in the centre of the Eyre Peninsula.

Lock Early Learning Centre provides excellent educational opportunities for preschool aged children within a centre, supportive to families and young children.

Please enjoy our website to find out more about our centre and don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information or to arrange a time to visit and see our centre first hand.

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About Us

The LELC building was originally two classrooms, no longer required by the Lock Area School, which were joined together to create a preschool centre 14 years ago. The facilities are roomy and well laid out encouraging a variety of play and learning. The outdoor play area is large and maintained to a high standard and also offers a stimulating learning environment.

5 children are attending in 2015 and this is slightly less than the previous year. 4 of the 5 children attend via the school bus service. Attendance is above the State average and absences tend to be for genuine reasons caused by our isolation e.g. medical, birth of sibling, education or other family reasons.

Children generally transfer from this preschool to Lock Area School which is the only school in the vicinity.

Visits between the preschool and R/1 class happen regularly with the R/1 class visiting each Thursday afternoon. The preschool is also open to the R.1 class during school lunch play time. Children have the opportunity to become very familiar with the school environment, children and teacher. The preschool visits the school for special performances and visiting artists. Visiting the library is an integral part of our program. Formal orientation visits to the R/1 classroom are timetabled jointly between the school and preschool in term 4 each year. Transition to preschool happens at this time also.

Families and community are involved in the preschool through the play group, sharing their expertise, fundraising, Governing Council and volunteering to help maintain both the inside and out of the centre.

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Parent Information

Lock Early Learning Centre (LELC) is a member of the Central Eyre Partnership. LELC is a part time, category 1 site with a capacity of 30. It is a stand-alone, preschool, situated within the grounds of the Lock Area School. Parking is available at the centre which can be found at the South Tce. entrance of the Lock Area School. The service is not open during South Australian Government school holiday dates.

LELC is staffed with a Director/teacher who was new to the site in 2014 and an ECW who is a longstanding employee. Relief staff comes from a local pool of well-known people.

Session Times

Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am – 3:15pm
Friday (weeks 2 and 8) 8:30am – 3:15pm
Tuesday morning 9:30am – 11:00am
Invenue Family Day Care:
Monday & Wednesday 8:30am – 5:30pm

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Contact Us


Lock Early Learning Centre

Director: Carmel Humphries

Site phone: (08) 8689 1025
Site email: dl.6633.leaders@schools.sa.edu.au
Site fax: (08) 8689 1071

Street address: West Terrace Lock SA 5633
Postal address: PO Box 1304 Lock SA 5633
Education Office: Port Lincoln
Partnership: Central Eyre

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