We Believe Children Learn Best Through Play.

Our Early Learning Curriculum creates engaging learning environments that support each childs’ individuality, understanding of the world and sense of community.

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Each child is unique

We cater to each child’s individual personality and optimise their potential through our innovative education.

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Play based learning

Our planned programs help your child to understand the world in which they live, and encourages them to participate, communicate, investigate, create, and reflect on their learning.

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Understand the world we live in

We help our children connect with and contribute to their learning, become confident and involved individuals with developed and effective communication skills.

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Develop a strong sense of community

We instil children with a sense of well-being and nurture growth that helps them to develop a strong sense of community.

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Our devoted team

St Clare’s passionate, playful and professional team of educators are continuously seeking improvement, self-reflection and growth as a part of their personal and professional pedagogy.

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Exceeding expectations

We are dedicated to providing an early childcare experience that exceeds expectations on a daily basis.

Active Early Learning (AEL) Curriculum

Healthier, Fitter and Smarter Kids

The St Clare Group implemented the Active Early Learning (AEL) Curriculum in our centres to support healthier, fitter & smarter children.

The AEL Curriculum is a physical literacy program. It isn’t just about helping children ‘be active’ and ‘fit’ while they are with us; instead it is a holistic program that helps children build their fundamental movement skills, motivation and physical confidence. These skills become the foundation for a healthy and physically active lifestyle now and in the future.

The AEL Curriculum was developed over two years via a study partnership with the University of Canberra, Deakin University and Active Early Learning. The study investigated the impact of threading core movement education throughout an early learning centre curriculum.

University of Canberra Identifies Curriculum Benefits

Improved fundamental movement skills, which lead to confidence and enjoyment of physical activities.

Significant improvements

Improvements in memory

Improvements in social behaviour including empathy, sharing, negotiation and teamwork.

Improved ability to focus on instructions and complete activities, an important requirement for school.

Classroom confidence and behaviours

AEL: Proven, World-Class Curriculum

AEL’s world-class curriculum creates more engaged children who can learn individually and work together, building physical, social, psychological and cognitive skills. Learn how the AEL will support your child’s development and growth.

Healthier Childen

The AEL curriculum supports children in a lifelong health and wellbeing journey. The program has been developed to cultivate a childs appreciation and motivation to live an active lifestyle. The study estimated that children participating in the curriculum were receiving 28 additional minutes of exercise each day, compared to less progressive early learning centres that don’t have the curriculum. These levels of exercise exceed the World Health Organisation recommendations.

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Fitter Children

The curriculum teaches fundamental movement skills and promotes the development of stronger muscles and joints via active play-based games. Not only do the games deliver physical benefits, but they also assist in the development of important skills and social behaviours required for school, meaning your child will be physically AND mentally equipped for the next stage in their learning journey.

Smarter Children

Ongoing research from the University of Canberra has shown that active children perform better academically, even displaying a 20% improvement in NAPLAN test results. The AEL Study identified the contributing factors, with children who participated demonstrating increased vocabulary, cognitive development, behaviour, concentration, and the ability to complete activities. These factors provide a solid foundation for a successful transition to the school environment.

Our Popular Program

Reggio Emilia Approach

(Adopted by The Brook & The Arlington Centres)

The Reggio Emilia Approach is a child-focused educational practice which is named after the city in which it was first developed and practiced, in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. The Reggio Emilia approach was developed by educator Loris Malaguzzi, who functioned under the belief that children are both smart and capable enough to construct their own learning pathways.

This practice is implemented within some of our centres. We strongly believe that children can construct their own knowledge and hold the ability to develop thoughts and ideas independently, as practised within the following principles:

  • Children are capable of constructing their own learning
  • Community is important and children learn by collaborating with their communities
  • Humans are natural communicators and children should be encouraged to express themselves
  • The environment is the third teacher and must be enriching and supportive
  • Teachers are partners, nurturers and guides to children and help them explore their interests through projects
  • Children’s learning must be documented

A key tool of the program is found within the poem written by founder Loris Malaguzzi, “No Way. The Hundred is There“, voicing the idea that children are at the centre of this educational approach, equipped with 100 languages.

In Reggio, the expression ‘the environment as the third teacher’ shares Malaguzzi’s belief that the physical environments in which we raise and educate children have a strong impact on the nurturing, learning and development they receive. There is a key emphasis which is placed on the quality of the learning environment, which is why our centres boast state-of-the-art facilities. Productive learning environments can both support and enrich a child’s ability to enhance their ‘sense of self’. Educational environments which actively participate in the Reggio Emilia Approach encourage creativity, active communication, personal relationships, teamwork, learning, ethics, and responsibility. 

Our Popular Program

Montessori Method of Education

(Offered by The Pocket Centre for Children Aged 3+)

The Montessori approach to education inspires children to become confident, responsible, independent learners, who are enabled and encouraged to trust in their own abilities. The inclusivity and positive social development facilitated by the Montessori program forms the basis for a persistent attachment to learning and knowledge.

Research has shown that children in a Montessori approach has shown more success than any other educational approach in the world. The Montessori method offers 5 areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural Studies.

  • Practical life: In this area the children develop fine motor control, coordination, independence, concentration and a sense of responsibility.
  • Sensorial: The activities in the sensorial area help children broaden and refine their senses and enable them to become more logical, perceptive and aware.
  • Math: This area of activities gives a sequential understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • Language: The activities in this area enable the children to engage with each other and achieve collaboration and cooperation. Many Montessori schools choose to teach Italian, due to the country in which the program was founded.
  • Cultural activities: These holistic activities help the children develop an interest in learning about the world, science, nature, history, culture, music and art.

The Montessori classroom is a well-prepared environment with specific Montessori materials for each area. Each child works independently by choosing the activities from the five areas of learning. By engaging in all the activities from these five areas, the Children develop a strong foundation for both their academic and personal wellbeing.

Montessori education contributes many benefits to the child’s early learning. The hands-on experience, practical day to day application, and problem-solving activities help the child to become an active learner for life. Through Montessori education each child becomes a confident, responsible, independent learner, who trusts in his/her own abilities. Research has also shown that Montessori children develop a greater sense of community.

Have More Questions?

The AEL Curriculum provides an engaging, play-based physical learning approach for children at a critical time in their development. It helps to build fundamental movement skills, as well as supporting developing the vocabulary, impulse control and social skills that are important for a smooth transition to school.

The curriculum is built into the day via both short and longer duration play-based activities. Our educators are trained to deliver the activities, rather than an external provider who only visits at certain times, and doesn’t understand the specific needs of each child. This means your child will benefit regardless of how frequently they attend, and the content is tailored to suit their ability level. This educator-led approach has been validated as superior by the University of Canberra.

No, our investment in the curriculum is covered by our standard daily fees.

Simply let our staff know you are interested, and they will assist you with the enrolment process.