Kurrajong (ELC - Year 2)
Kurrajong is an early childhood education centre which caters for boys and girls aged 3 - 8 years. It is named after the historic tree situated in the playground and was founded in Pulteney Grammar School’s 150th year of operation.
Kurrajong's high-quality teaching staff who are specially trained to observe and respond to each child’s interests and developmental needs. Students learn through a curriculum that is complemented by Reggio Emilia principles, an approach to education which views children as active learners who acquire knowledge through inquiry-based learning.
Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) leads the way and was one of the first in Adelaide. ELC offers both a 3 and 4-year old room with students continuing onto Reception. Our ELC offers long day care (7.30am - 6pm) 5 days per week (with options of 3, 4 or 5 days per week), 50 weeks per year, and the educational program runs from 8.30am - 3.30pm. We are also accredited for the child care rebate and it is recommended to apply early as we offer places from birth.
Programs are based on the whole child, aiming to meet the diverse individual needs by assisting children to develop social skills, intellectual independence, emotional security, spiritual and physical growth. Kurrajong sees a child’s self-esteem as the seed for growth and Pulteney's environment will be conducive to its development. We believe a child’s self-esteem is at the core of all learning and enables a child to take the necessary risks with learning and therefore develop as a person in all areas.As children are innately and naturally curious about the living world, our approach to nature pedagogy thinking offers authentic opportunities to build a strong foundation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as literacy and art experiences, while exploring their environment.
We share the responsibility with families to provide a climate in which children can learn about living with others and extend their understanding of themselves and the world around them in addition to acquiring the foundation skills which our society demands.
It is our belief that in the technological age in which we live, there is a distinct and necessary requirement to foster the social and emotional wellbeing of children now more than ever before. Children’s exposure to and participation in a diverse range of social situations leads to proficiency in oral language, reading and writing. We believe that we do this best in a co-educational environment and see Kurrajong as an ideal preparation for the life-long education of boys and girls. We view the early years as one of the most vital times of a person’s life. Early childhood education is important in its own right and is the time when children gain the essential skills, knowledge and dispositions critical for success in school and life beyond.