Program

Early Learning Centre

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Tamborine Mountain College's Early Learning Centre (ELC) aims to ensure that children have a safe and nurturing environment to develop all of the skills essential for a smooth transition to Prep.

The service is committed to maintaining strong links within our wider community and to build relationships that enrich and enhance children’s learning and well being. As part of Tamborine Mountain College and the wider College community, the aim is to ensure that Pre-Prep children are fully prepared in every way possible to become confident and capable members of society.

every child should feel valued and supported in his / her own unique learning journey.

At Tamborine Mountain College it is our belief that every child has the right to experience the joy and wonder of learning. Learning is about experiencing the wonders of the world. Like never before, the journey of education is one that inspires, engages and enhances children’s knowledge of the world around them. At Tamborine Mountain College it is our goal to instill within our children a love of learning that will stay with them for life.

The Pre-Prep program is an Approved Kindergarten Program which follows the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and the Early Years Learning Framework. The program is led by a degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher*.  The guidelines promote learning and development through a play-based curriculum that embraces learning through discovery, exploration, real-life engagement, routines and transitions. 

For your child to be eligible for the program they must turn 4 years old by 30 June in the year that they attend Pre-Prep.

*Enrolling in the Pre-Prep Program at TMC will also give you priority access into Prep at TMC

Our Environment

Our inside environment has wonderful equipment, resources and technology. The children will have access to Interactive White Boards, Chromebooks and tablets to research and explore further elements of our STEM program.

Our outside environment encourages children to explore, discover and learn through play. A brand new playground with equipment that will give your child the opportunity to develop their gross motor and co-ordination skills. Let’s not forget that it’s also a place to get messy and exploration through our sandpit, mud kitchen and natural spaces will be just perfect for that! 


Our Curriculum

We will be implementing the QKLG & the EYLF within the Pre-Prep classroom and families can keep up to date with all the fun and learning with StoryPark on hand. We make it our priority to have families involved as much as possible in their child’s learning journey. StoryPark is a documenting platform which allows educators to communicate with families about all the wonderful learning your child is participating in during their day. You will be able to access the program that is being delivered and give feedback instantly. It allows for you to work more closely with your child’s teacher by commenting on learning stories or adding to plans and programs.

Our Educators

The educators at the Early Learning Centre have been carefully selected to ensure that we have the most highly qualified, experienced and passionate teaching team. The teachers are specialists in implementing early years’ curricula and pride themselves on delivering a program that is nurturing, engaging and stimulating for the Pre-Prep age group. 

Our teachers and educators are patient, understanding and above all, dedicated to making your child’s learning experience truly wonderful.


Hours of Operation

Our Pre-Prep program will run from 8.15am to 2.55pm, five days per fortnight (3 days one week and 2 days the following week). 

The program follows the Tamborine Mountain College’s school terms

Extended hours care for your child is also on offer through OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) where your child can attend before school from 6:30am and after school until 6:00pm.


Extra Curricular
FRENCH

Your child will learn French as part of the Pre-Prep program. This is the second language taught within TMC. The language will be taught through fun songs, games and rhymes.

INCURSIONS

There will be opportunities throughout the year for us to invite visitors into the Early Learning Centre, which will be reflective of special interest areas within the program at that time. Exciting incursions will expand children’s interests and open their mind to new thoughts and opportunities.

PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL EVENTS

We are part of TMC and this allows us to easily participate in events happening at the College, ranging from larger events such as Under 8’s Day to smaller scale events such as assembly. Forming relationships with the Prep classes will also be a great transition-to-school program for the children.

Enrolments

Enrolment offers are based on:
1. Child’s age (turning 4 by June 30 in the year they attend) and;
2. The date we received your enrolment form

As part of our commitment to the Queensland Government, and all children in the year before they attend Prep, we prioritise children who are turning 4 by 30 June in the year they attend Pre-Prep.

If spaces are available, 3 year old positions will then be offered. Due to 4 year old positions being priority, you may not be offered your 1st preference of attendance pattern, however we will do our best to accommodate your request.

The fees for 2020 are $46 per Pre-Prep day and for your flexibility you may choose from either our part-time (5 day fortnight) attendance pattern or full-time (5 days per week).

Please contact Mrs. Nikki Ashley – Early Learning Centre Director on 5545 3644 (option 3) or email: earlylearningcentre@tmc.qld.edu.au.

Refer to 2020 Calendar in last tab.

Testimonials

“My 4yo daughter was attending another service on Tamborine Mountain prior to starting at TMC pre prep in June. She was very unhappy at the other service. Every day was a struggle – she didn’t want to go to kindy each morning and was so sad every day when we picked her up, after 4 weeks, she still couldn’t tell me any of her friends names. We decided to move her to TMC Pre-Prep and the change in her attitude towards kindy dramatically improved immediately! She was excited about going to kindy, she never wants to leave at home-time and she has made some very special friends. The teaching staff are magnificent and have really connected with her – She can’t tell me her favourite teacher... well she tries, but she just lists them all!” — Tamara Gray - Parent of Mila, 2019
“We have absolutely loved Pre-Prep here at Tamborine Mountain College. Maharley has never been in any other care prior to starting here and was a bit unsure and nervous. But all the teachers have always been so supportive and caring and it didn’t take too long before Maharley settled in. Maharley has learnt so much this year and has developed in so many ways from self-confidence and academically and we have the amazing teachers here at pre prep to thank. We would highly recommend the center to anyone looking for a great learning environment with amazing staff. We will definitely miss coming to Pre-Prep next year but are lucky enough to be moving on to Prep just next door so we can still visit.” — Bec Croker - Parent of Maharley, 2019
“We are so happy with the Pre-Prep program at TMC. Sienna has only attended the last two terms and we have seen her grow so much. Sienna never wants to leave at the end of the day and has learnt so much in a short time.” — Richelle Collett, Parent of Sienna, 2019