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Why early learning centres give your child an edge

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Early learning centres have been proven to improve a child's overall quality of life.

But what is an early learning centre, and how do they give your child an edge?

Gemma D’Angelo is a qualified teacher and General Manager of Operations at Parafield Gardens Alive Catholic Early Learning.

According to Gemma, an early learning centre is a place where children can begin their formal educational journey within a supportive and caring environment.

“Early learning centres have been designed with learning front and centre,” she said.

Open Monday to Friday, from 7am to 6pm, our early learning centre enables children younger than five years old to explore their love of learning. 

“At an early learning centre like Alive, everything we do is centred around supporting your child’s brain development and shaping how they see themselves as learners – now, and into the future.”

The benefits of enrolling your child in an early learning centre

1. Early learning centres can provide a smooth transition to primary school

Many early learning centres, like the Parafield Gardens Alive Catholic Early Learning Centre, are located within schools.

Gemma believes that quality early learning programs encourage continuity, making the change to school smooth and manageable – for both parents and children.

“Families can be confident knowing that the Parafield Gardens Alive Catholic Early Learning Centre is located within the Holy Family Catholic School – and you’ll immediately become part of a warm and intimate community, that provides continuity and support throughout the transition process.

“We participate in learning experiences with the Holy Family Catholic School, like Book Week, buddy activities and assemblies, so our children become familiar with the environment which provides a seamless learning experience for our young children.”

2. Early learning centres have been proven to provide a higher quality of learning programs.

The Australian Government has identified that early childhood education and care services with high-quality play and learning programs are more likely to help your child learn and develop well, in the short and long term.

“At Alive, every staff member is qualified with either a teaching degree or diploma, with an excellent understanding of how young children learn and develop,” said Gemma.

“Our children have the opportunity to learn and develop with committed staff in brand new, purpose-built facilities.”

3. Early learning centres can be proactive in supporting children’s development

With qualified staff who value your child’s wellbeing and learning, early learning centres will help identify if your child needs extra support or early intervention.

“If we notice that a child’s English or speech is not where it needs to be for their age, we’re able to support the child thanks to our personalised learning approaches” Gemma said.

4. Early learning centres offer preschool programs

At early learning centres like Parafield Gardens Alive Catholic Early Learning, when your child turns four, they access a preschool program with a fully qualified teacher that is guided by the Australian Early Years Learning Framework, and influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach.

“At Parafield Gardens, our preschool program places a strong emphasis on positive education, what it means to be a good citizen, ecology and sustainability,” said Gemma.  

5. Early learning centres offer greater flexibility for families

Parafield Gardens Alive Catholic Early Learning Centre is open Monday to Friday, 7am – 6pm, 50 weeks of the year. This provides convenience if you, or both you and your partner, are working. 

“It’s so convenient for families to have one environment that supports their child(ren’s) developmental needs - particularly when the early learning centre is located within a school,” said Gemma.

Places are now available at Alive Catholic Early Learning in Parafield Gardens, co-located with the Holy Family Catholic School. Book a tour or contact us today to secure your spot!

Alive.... Where futures begin.


Cynthia Wednesday, December 04, 2019 10:56am I've toured the Alive Parafield Gardens centre - it's AMAZING!

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