Early Learning Centre

Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) is a place where children feel loved, safe, and supported to explore the world around them.
The centre features an award winning nature place space for children to immerse themselves in imaginative and physical play.
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, our 3- and 4-year-old early learning programs observe and respond to the children’s strengths and interests and encourage children to be curious, engaged students.

Our highly trained and committed educators play with, teach, and observe every child to ensure passions are explored and a prevailing love of learning is ignited. The ELC program is enhanced by interactions with the wider Pulteney community through specialist lessons, visits around the school campus and to other year levels, and participation in special events, such as Chinese New Year celebrations and Grandparents’ Day.

The ELC’s Bush Kindy program takes children beyond the walls of the Early Learning Centre, to investigate the Parklands (Park 20) opposite the school on South Terrace. The program provides 3- and 4-year-old children an opportunity to connect to nature and enjoy outdoor activities on a weekly or fortnightly basis. This includes learning from each other through social connection, investigating the natural world, opportunities for physical play, developing strength and coordination. The connection to our surroundings is also a chance for children to become familiar with the language and protocols of the First Nations of the Adelaide Plains, the Kaurna people.

A transition to Reception for eligible children is offered mid-year via the Curiosity Program. This enables children who turn 5 years old prior to October 30, to start their formal learning when they are ready. The Curiosity Program is guided by dedicated teachers who build relationships with the children during their time at ELC, making the transition from ELC to Reception a happy and relaxed experience.

The Curiosity Program supports children to build solid foundations in literacy and numeracy and become acquainted with formal learning practices ready to start a full year of Reception the following year.

We wish to extend an invitation to experience Pulteney as part of our scheduled school tours. Take a personal school tour with the Interim Principal, Ms Deb Dalwood or our Head of Early Childhood Education and Care, Mrs Ali Blake.

Watch Bush Kindy in action



Flythrough Tour

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ELC Handbook

Playgroup Registration

Pulteney Playgroup – Friday Mornings (9:00-10:15am)

Pulteney Playgroup is for families with toddlers and babies (0-3) to spend time together in a fun and relaxed learning environment.

The playgroup is hosted by Head of Early Childhood Education and Care, Mrs Ali Blake. Mrs Blake is a passionate and experienced early learning teacher and leader, who will spend time getting to know you and your child. The Playgroup is a great way for your child to develop social and practical skills early, in preparation for ELC. For you, it is a chance to meet other parents and staff and become familiar with Pulteney and its welcoming school community.


What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?