Welcome to Lock Early Learning Centre
Lock Early Learning Centre is a Department for Education 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.
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.
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.
Our sessional kindergarten is run every Tuesday and Thursday of term from 8:30am – 3:10pm. On a Friday in weeks 4 and 8 each term children can attend an additional full day session a week to make up their 600 hour entitlement under the Federal Government’s Universal Access agreement. Children may attend kindergarten via the school bus depending on available spaces. All children attending our kindergarten program are offered supervised lunch time care.
For more information on our Kindy Program, please download the Parent Guideline Booklet or call the kindy on 08 86891025.
Occasional Care Sessions
Lock Early Learning Centre Occasional Care program is short periods of care for children aged between 6 months and 5 years of age. Families can access Occasional Care on either a regular or irregular basis though bookings at the Centre. Parents use Occasional Care for a variety of reasons, including casual, shift-work or part-time work; respite care; crisis and emergency care, shopping or attending appointments.
The benefit of Occasional Care is it provides families with the flexibility to leave their children in a caring and interactive early childhood learning environment to play, learn, socialise and interact with other children. Children have the opportunity to learn through play, interact with other children, develop social skills including speech and language skills, numeracy skills and fine/gross motor skills.
Our Occasional Care program is offered once a week on a Thursday and is run by Diploma trained Early Childhood Worker. Session times are from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. Please call the Kindy with any queries or to register your interest in booking a place for your child. 08 86891025
Our Playgroup runs once a fortnight on a Friday 9:30am to 11:30am. Playgroup is an excellent opportunity for parents/carers and children from birth to school age to meet to provide opportunities for children to learn through play.
It is also a chance for local families to meet each other and enjoy the facilities offered by this Kindy. Playgroup enable children to familiarise themselves with the Kindy and staff making the transition from playgroup to Kindy much smoother. In 2018 Playgroup has been run by Early Childhood staff. Cost is a gold coin donation. Please bring a piece of fruit for morning tea. Playgroup sessions are advertised via the Lock Early Learning Centre facebook page.
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