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Early Years

The Early Learning Centre at St Peter’s College has been providing a warm and nurturing learning environment for 25 years. We provide a dynamic and responsive preschool for boys aged three to five and our extensive learning program is fun and playful.

Our caring, experienced and highly qualified staff work closely with each boy, enabling him to feel safe, secure and valued. Our boys learn in small groups and each room is led by a qualified and experienced teacher. We believe this is critical for effective learning in the early years.

Commencing in February 2022, a new Early Years Program will provide students access to extended operational hours (8.00am – 6.00pm) across 46 weeks of the year.

Learning

Our staff are passionate about educating boys and strongly believe that many boys thrive and learn best in a single-sex environment. In the Early Years Program, boys learn through a variety of experiences and routines and are able to extend their ideas and skills through interactive and hands-on learning, both indoors and outside. Our core learning areas include literacy, numeracy, problem solving and thinking skills, creativity and the arts, and physical and social development.

The Early Years Program curriculum has been developed using the ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’ learning framework developed by the Australian Government and our centre has been awarded the highest possible rating by the National Quality Framework and Standards. Our educators plan for learning and respond to teachable moments based on their observations and understanding of children’s learning and development. The Early Years Program is also influenced by the principles of Reggio Emilia as well as the School’s positive education and wellbeing programs.

Early Years Program Operating Information

A day rate will be charged at $100 (not rebatable) and opening hours will be 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Boys are encouraged to attend for a minimum of three days. Students will be provided three nutritionally balanced home-cooked meals each day by education catering and hospitality specialists Chartwell Catering. Click here to view a sample menu. The Program runs for 46 weeks of the year.

To be eligible for the Early Years Program, boys need to turn four before 1 May of the proposed year of entry. Places are also offered to three-year-olds who can enrol to commence a two-year journey.

Early Years Program components

The new Early Years Program will consist of two components:

Structured Preschool Learning Program (8.00am – 1.00pm)
Based on the Early Years Learning Framework and the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to education.

Structured Education and Care Program (1.00pm – 6.00pm)
Program has wellbeing, joy, nature pedagogy and Reggio Emilia principles at heart.

Experience the Early Years Program

Enrolments are now open for 2023 and 2024.

For more information, attend an Open Morning or contact admissions@stpeters.sa.edu.au to book a private tour.