Senior Kindergarten students enjoy a trip to Southlands Heritage Farm.
Early Childhood Education Centre
A safe, playful and nurturing environment for girls in Junior and Senior Kindergarten
Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centre is a special place where girls begin their love of learning. Girls make friends, play and discover in bright, light-filled classrooms where every detail – from the tiny sinks to the open, neutral spaces for displaying the girls’ creations – is intentionally designed for our youngest learners. In protected outdoor spaces, girls become curious explorers of the world, unleashing their imaginations in the Mini Woods, planting in the garden or having fun on the playground.
Learning is play-based and incorporates the best of multiple approaches to early childhood education with research-proven strategies for young learners. Through play, girls become imaginative students as they develop fundamental literacy and numeracy skills. A play-based approach to learning in the early years develops critical and creative thinkers who learn to communicate and work well with others, allowing girls to learn self-regulation and social skills.
Each day is designed around our youngest students’ needs. Students have physical education and unstructured outdoor play daily, eat a nutritious hot lunch together and are immersed in a technology-free environment. Throughout the day, there are opportunities for quiet, reflective time, and time to apply and extend learning through inquiry projects, art and dramatic play.
Intimate class sizes and caring and experienced early childhood educators help ease the transition from home to school. Parents also play an important role in their daughters’ education – whether it’s as lunchtime volunteers or through regular communication with teachers.
“The Early Childhood Education Centre is a place of fun and laughter, challenge and rewards, imagination and play, support and love. It is a place of pure magic and joy.”
Karrie Beauchamp | Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Centre
Junior and Senior Kindergarten are intake years, with 25 spaces available in Junior Kindergarten and 15 spaces in Senior Kindergarten Learn more
Parent involvement is encouraged through our ‘soft start’ entry, where parents are welcome to join activities in the classroom until the morning bell is rung, and through our parent volunteer lunch program and daily communication with teachers
Intentionally designed space
To support safe and fun learning, the ECE Centre features three bright classrooms on two levels, child-sized furniture and amenities, a gated Mini Woods outdoor play area, and a play structure and garden
- Healthy hot lunch and snacks provided in the classroom
- Daily physical education and outdoor play
- Twice-a-week assemblies featuring life lesson stories and singing, run by the Director of the Junior School and the Head of School
- Summer camps for ECE Centre students held in July and August (fee-based)
- Full-day program (8:35 am–3:05 pm, with drop-off between 8:00 am and 8:30 am and pickup between 3:05 pm and 3:30 pm)
- Extended Day Program is available from 7:30 am–8:00 am and 3:30 pm–5:30 pm (fee-based)
- Designated drop-off and pickup zones, parking spaces and a safety routine
Junior and Senior Kindergarten students tend the vegetable garden outside the ECEC as part of Ivy Compass activities.
Junior and Senior Kindergarten students perform on the theatre stage as part of the annual ECEC Holiday Concert.