Catholic Early Learning Centres

Catholic Early Learning Centres

 

There are four Catholic Early Learning Centres in the Diocese of Parramatta at Blacktown South, Emerton, Greystanes and Stanhope Gardens, providing quality early learning for children 3 to 5 years that:

  • is founded on Catholic values and traditions
  • engages children in experiences that promote their desire for learning
  • encourages younger children’s curiosity and the skills to explore and investigate
  • promotes the development of positive relationships
  • is supported by a safe, nurturing and home-like learning environment

Catholic Early Learning Centres are proud to provide the best quality early learning start for children - with higher staff to child ratio and a higher level of staff qualifications than the standard staffing requirements.


  • About Us
    • Catholic Early Learning Centre Curriculum

      The aim of the Catholic Early Learning Centre’s (CELCs) is to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning through the implementation of a balanced program

      The educational program and practice is influenced by a combination of traditional and contemporary early childhood theory, including the influences of Reggio Emilia and the importance of interacting with, and learning from nature.

      Educational theory is embedded in our programs and learning environment and made visible through a CELC specific learning profile. This learning profile, specifies the skills that educators see as foundational elements for children in negotiating successful lifelong learning in the twenty-first century.

      Our curriculum incorporates and reflects the principles and practices of the national curriculum document for early years services.

      Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learing Framework (EYLF) acknowledges that each child will:

      • develop a strong sense of their identity
      • be connected and contribute to their world
      • have a strong sense of wellbeing
      • be a confident learner and effective communicator.

      This nationalised learning curriculum forms part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early education and care services.

      Our daily program is guided by children’s interests, abilities, knowledge and culture. Play in our learning space is seen in children’s active engagement with, and manipulation of learning materials, as well as in children’s involvement in investigations and projects. We believe that children organise and make sense of their social worlds through play. By using innovative and play based learning opportunities, children are able to learn through manipulating “hands on” experiences that involve doing, creating, experimenting, predicting, imagining, achieving, and investigating.

      Our experienced and qualified educators engage in teaching practices that promote and support young children in their learning and development through intentional and spontaneous learning opportunities. Techniques educators may use to support children in their learning include interacting with children, listening and questioning to prompt and extend their thinking and learning abilities.

      Catholic Early Learning Centre’s work in collaborative partnerships with the school community, intervention services and families to provide high quality early learning environment for children in their years prior to formal schooling.

    • Early Year's Learning Framework

      The Early Years Learning Framework is part of the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) reform agenda for early childhood education and care and is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.

      The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development.

      Following the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, your child will experience a sense of belonging, being and becoming by developing:

      • a strong sense of their identity and wellbeing
      • connections with their world
      • confidence and involvement in their learning; and
      • effective communication skills

      Learn more about the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

    • Mission Statement

      In our ministry in Catholic Early Learning Centres, we strive, as a work of love, for the full human development of children, grounded in the teachings of Christ and at the service of society.

      All staff members share in the evangelising mission of the Church, as they endeavour to bring culture and faith into harmony in their CELC and their communities. The Parish Priest, parents/carers, children and educators work in partnership to realise this mission.

    • Philosophy and Code of Ethics
      "Our image of the child is that of being competent, intelligent, a co-constructor of knowledge and a researcher actively seeking to make meaning of the world, often in collaboration with others."
      - Reflections ‘Reggio Emilia Principles within Australian contexts’. Jan Millikan 2003:33.

      Philosophy

      Our Catholic Early Learning Centres are guided by the same philosophy, believing that every child is a valuable and unique individual created by God. We value each child as an individual responsible for their own learning.  We believe that children are theory builders and problem solvers, who learn best by making meaning of their world through play, relationships and experiences.  We value children as social beings and recognise that they co-construct knowledge with peers, their families and our staff.

      For more detail refer to CELC Philosophy and the relevant CELC website that describes how they bring the Philosophy to life.


      Code of Ethics

      The Catholic Early Learning Centres (CELCs) in the Diocese of Parramatta adhere to the Code of Ethics of Australia to act in the best interests of all children and work collectively to ensure that every child is thriving and learning.

      SeeEarly Childhood Australia - A Voice for Young Children

    • Our History

      The Diocese of Parramatta has some of the oldest schools in Australia. St Patrick's at Parramatta and Parramatta Marist College both have links to the very first Catholic School in the colony, established by Fr John Therry in Hunter Street, Parramatta in 1820. St Matthew's Primary at Windsor, established in 1835, still serves its community and is the oldest existing Catholic school in Australia.

      Catholic Education Office Diocese of Parramatta today operates 82 Catholic systemic schools in the diocese (56 primary, 22 secondary and 4 early learning centres) with a total student population of over 43,000 students.


      The story of our Catholic Early Learning Centres


      Catholic Early Learning Centre Blessed John XXIII Parish Stanhope Gardens

      The Catholic Education Office identified Blessed John XXIII Parish precinct as the most suitable site to establish the first Catholic Early Learning Centre (CELC) within the Diocese of Parramatta.

      In March 2009, the first 40 place Catholic Early Learning Centre at the Blessed John XIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens was opened for children aged 3-6 years of age.

      CELC Blessed John XIII Parish services a fast growing community within a newly developed area and it also serves the Glenwood community. CELC Blessed John XIII Parish is part of the ground-breaking learning community based in the Blessed John XXIII Parish of Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens.


      Catholic Early Learning Centre Holy Family Parish Emerton

      Holy Family Preschool was purpose built in 1968. The Schoenstatt Sisters managed the 39 place preschool service until 1988 to support a very needy and rapidly growing community.

      From 1989 to April 2009 Holy Family Preschool operated under the auspices of Holy Family Parish at Emerton-Mount Druitt.

      At the request of the Diocese, the Catholic Education Office – Diocese of Parramatta took on the auspice of the Preschool from Holy Family Parish Emerton. This change in auspice provides the Catholic Early Learning Centre, Holy Family Parish (formerly known as Holy Family Preschool) with extensive support services through the Catholic Education Office.

      The Catholic Early Learning Centre (CELC) Holy Family Parish at Emerton serves the lowest SES area within the Diocese of Parramatta, providing preschool services to a significant number of indigenous families and socially and financially disadvantaged families.


      Catholic Early Learning Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Greystanes

      Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Preschool was built and run by the Dominican Sisters of Malta from 1973 to serve the rapid growth of families in the Greystanes area. In the early 1980’s the Sisters of the Society of Saint Gerard Majella took on supporting the preschool service until 1994.

      In 1995, the preschool was moved under the auspices of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish and appointed a CELC Director and its staff to oversee the daily management of the service.

      At the request of the Diocese, in January 2010, the Catholic Education Office – Diocese of Parramatta took on the auspice of the Preschool from Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Greystanes. This change in auspice provides the Catholic Early Learning Centre Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish (formerly known as Our Lady Queen of Peace Preschool) with extensive support services through Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.


      Catholic Early Learning St Michael’s Parish Blacktown South

      In July 2011, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta obtained a capital grant as a subsidy towards the establishment of the new 40 place CELC at St Michael’s Blacktown South.

      The CELC officially opened on 27 February 2012 under new regulations and framework with an enrolment intake of approximately 100 students across the week.

      The newly established CELC at St Michael’s Parish Blacktown South serves a community primarily of culturally diverse backgrounds where English is often a second language.

  • Parent Information
    • Enrolment information

      Eligibility for enrolment

      Children are eligible for enrolment from three years of age. Under Universal Access Funding priority is given to four to five year old children.


      Selection process

      To ensure that enrolments are offered equitably each enrolment is assessed through an application and interview/orientation process conducted by the Nominated Supervisor or delegated CELC educator.

      Priority is given to children as follows:


      Priority 1:

      A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect.


      Priority 2:

      A child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work/training/study test under Section 14 of the 'A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999'.


      Priority 3:

      Any other child


      Within these main categories priority should also be given to the following children:

      • CELC enrolled children returning for the year before school;
      • new enrolments seeking a place in the year before school;
      • siblings of children enrolled at CELC/parish Catholic schools;
      • children within Catholic parishes;
      • children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families;
      • children in families which include a disabled person;
      • children in families which include an individual whose adjusted taxable income does not exceed the lower income threshold or who or whose partner are on income support;
      • children in families from a non-English speaking background;
      • children in socially isolated families;
      • children of single parents.

      Waiting List

      When Catholic Early Learning Centre reaches full capacity, children will be placed on a waiting list.


      Enrolment Process

      Once a place is offered to the child at the CELC, the parent/carer is encouraged to visit the CELC for an enrolment appointment/orientation. To complete the enrolment process, the parent/carer will be asked to pay a one-off administration fee of $40 per child.  To enrol parents will be asked to:

      • Complete an enrolment form that includes all information required by relevant regulatory and legislative frameworks. The enrolment form also includes a number of authorisations and health information about the child. This helps CELC staff to have background information to provide the best education and care for each child.

      • Provide proof of the child's immunisation details or a statement from their family doctor.

      • Provide a copy of the Birth Certificate.

      • Provide a copy of any Court Orders or Restraining Orders concerning custody of the child, if applicable.

      • Provide a copy of the child’s medical plan along with a completed and signed long term medication form, if relevant.  In addition, complete a risk minimisation plan in consultation with the nominated supervisor of the CELC, if applicable.

      • The enrolled child must start on the day requested by the CELC, otherwise full fees are to be paid. Non- payment of fees will result in loss of the placement.

      • Should a parent/carer wish to withdraw their child from the CELC, parents/carers must provide the CELC with two 2 (weeks) notice, in writing, of their intention to withdraw their child’s from the CELC.

      We recommend you contact your local CELC early to avoid disappointment and secure a position as places are limited and fill fast.

      Enrolment in a Catholic Early Learning Centre does not guarantee enrolment in Kindergarten at a Catholic Primary School. Families are required to go through a separate orientation and enrolment process with their chosen Catholic Primary School.


      Fees

      • Fees will be charged at a daily rate and are reviewed annually.

      • A non-refundable enrolment fee of $40 per child is payable on application.

      • All fees will be paid at least in full two (2) weeks in advance at all times.

      • Pay bond before the child commences at the CELC.

      • Note that fees are payable when a child is absent from the CELC for any reason and parents/carers should contact the CELC to make staff aware of their child’s absence.

      • If you are leaving or changing your days, two (2) weeks’ notice in writing is required. The child’s last 2 weeks in the CELC will be covered by this advance payment.

      • Any bank charges related to dishonouring of cheques will be an additional fee charged to the family.

      • At the end of the CELC term, parents/carers will be provided with a statement of usage.  Parents/Carers can present this statement to the Family Assistance Office in order to claim the child care benefit for register care providers.

      • Please note account balances must be $0.00 in order to claim your child care benefit for the term.

      • If a child is still at the CELC after closing time, the parent/carer will be phoned and asked to come and collect the child.  The parent/carer is issued a warning notice that the child has been collected after closing time.  The next occasion the child is collected late, the parent/carer will be charged a ‘Late Pick Up Fee’ in terms of the Fee Policy. We understand that at times there are reasons why a parent/carer may be late e.g. traffic, crisis.  This policy has been developed to safeguard children, families and staff. As part of licensing requirement it is illegal to care for a child outside of the approved hours of operation except under extenuating circumstances.
    • Parental Involvement

      Our Catholic Early Learning Centres value the importance parents and caregivers play in their child’s learning journey. As educators we work collaboratively with parents and encourage them to be active participants in the start of their child’s education. From our experience, we know that when parents and educators work in partnership children develop a stronger sense of care, belonging, support and confidence in their learning.

      Staff and parents communicate and work together by:

      • attending social events
      • sharing their culture, talents, skills and experiences within the centre
      • parents becoming members of our committees
      • inviting families to spend time at the centre
      • assisting with and attending working bees
      • providing feedback on policies and procedures
      • discussing issues with staff regarding the centre and their child.
      • daily interactions with staff, communication books, photographic documentation and noticeboard information.
    • Term Dates

      School term dates and holidays are generally the same as government schools.

      View the table of term dates and public holidays

    • CELC Policies

      Catholic Early Learning Centres have a number of policies and procedures that govern various aspects of our School life. These provide the framework within which we operate with relation to a number of key issues.

      Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta also provide advice and recommendations on educational and administrative policies and priorities, and monitors policy implementation.

      Click here to view the CELC Policies

    • Staffing

      Our Catholic Early Learning Centres (CELCs) are staffed at higher levels than the regulated staff-to-children ratios and qualifications. This staffing model provides high quality early childhood education and care services within a Catholic context and also promotes day-to-day practices that help form meaningful and trusting relationships with children.

      We provide staff that are caring, loyal and capable educators that bring different qualities and experiences to improve the learning outcomes of each individual child.

Catholic Early Learning Centres

  • Catholic Early Learning Centres

     

    There are four Catholic Early Learning Centres in the Diocese of Parramatta at Blacktown South, Emerton, Greystanes and Stanhope Gardens, providing quality early learning for children 3 to 5 years that:

    • is founded on Catholic values and traditions
    • engages children in experiences that promote their desire for learning
    • encourages younger children’s curiosity and the skills to explore and investigate
    • promotes the development of positive relationships
    • is supported by a safe, nurturing and home-like learning environment

    Catholic Early Learning Centres are proud to provide the best quality early learning start for children - with higher staff to child ratio and a higher level of staff qualifications than the standard staffing requirements.


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Find a CELC


Our Catholic Early Learning Centres are conveniently located near selected primary schools, providing greater convenience and easier access for the children attending our CELC centres.

We have services located at the following schools


Blacktown

CELC Blacktown

Emerton

CELC Emerton

Stanhope

CELC Stanhope

Greystanes

CELC Greystanes

 

 
   
  
 

Contact

 

St Michael’s Catholic Early Learning Centre

62a Orwell Street
Blacktown South
(near St Michael's church)
(02) 8814 8406
Opening hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Email

Catholic Early Learning Centre Greystanes

180 Old Prospect Road
Greystanes, NSW 2145
Phone: (02) 9631 8901
Opening hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Email 

Holy Family Catholic Early Learning Centre Emerton

254 Luxford Rd
Emerton NSW 2770
(02) 9628 7844
Opening hours: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Email

John XXIII Catholic Early Learning Centre

160 Perfection Ave
Stanhope Gardens
PO Box 357
Stanhope Gardens NSW 2768
(02) 9852 0585
Opening hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm
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