Welcome to Lock Area School Early Years Programs
Lock Early Learning Centre amalgamated with Lock Area School in 2017. Since the amalgamation, the Kindergarten program has been delivered through an integrated model with the Junior Primary class.
The Kindergarten and Junior Primary are based in the Early Learning Centre, which is located on the school grounds, with a separate enclosed yard and play space.
Lock Area School caters for children from Preschool to Year 10. Lock is in the centre of the Eyre Peninsula.
The Early Years program provides excellent educational opportunities for preschool aged children, supportive to families and young children.
The building the Early Years programs are run our of was originally two classrooms, no longer required by the Lock Area School, which were joined together to create a Preschool Centre in 2001. The facilities are roomy and well laid out encouraging a variety of play and learning. The outdoor play area is large and well maintained and offers a stimulating learning environment.
Due to declining numbers, the decision to amalgamate with Lock Area School was made in 2017. In 2018 the Kindergarten program began running as an integrated program with the Junior Primary class.
The Kindergarten children have access and regularly use the school’s facilities and resources, including the Library, IT Centre, playground, gym, and participate in activities and performances delivered by visiting artists.
Transition to Kindergarten happens during Term 4 each year.
Families and community are involved in the Preschool programs through sharing their expertise, fundraising, Governing Council and volunteering to help maintain both the inside and out of the Centre.
Lock Area School is a member of the Central Eyre Partnership. The Lock Area School Early Learning Centre is a part time, category 1 site with a capacity of 30. It is an amalgamated Kindergarten, situated within the grounds of the Lock Area School. Parking is available which can be found at the West Terrace entrance of Lock Area School. The service is not open during South Australian Government school holiday dates.
Our Kindergarten is staffed with an Early Years teacher who was new to the site in 2020. 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 – 3:15pm. In Term 4 children can attend an additional full day session every Wednesday 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 Kindergarten Program, please download the Parent Guideline Booklet or call the school on 08 86891019
Occasional Care Sessions
Lock Area School 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 Friday and is delivered by an Early Childhood Worker Level 2 (ECW2) and an Early Childhood Worker Level 1 (ECW1). Session times are from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. Please call the school with any queries or to register your interest in booking a place for your child.
Our Playgroup runs once a fortnight on a Wednesday from 8:45am to 10:45am. 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 enables children to familiarise themselves with the Kindy and Early Years staff making the transition from playgroup to Kindy much smoother. Playgroup is currently run by Early Childhood staff. Please bring a piece of fruit for morning tea.
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