Paving the way

MOVING FORWARD: Early Learning and Community Centre director, Fran Scanlon with educators Jordy Jones and Laura Childs Tenison Woods College principal David Mezinec. Picture: Supplied

Ahead of the state government’s expected move to introduce kindergarten for three-year-olds, one Mount Gambier/ Berrin centre has taken the plunge early.

Tenison Woods College’s Early Learning and Community Centre has embraced the idea, and from term one 2024 will offer a teacher led early years program to three-year-olds.

Centre director Fran Scanlon said it was an exciting move for the centre.

“To be part of this new direction in early years education and knowing we are continuing to improve and provide the best possible education for all the children in our centre is extremely rewarding,” she said.

Principal David Mezinec said introducing teachers to the two three year-old rooms was a huge step forward in early childhood education.

“This decision will advance the learning of the children in our centre by giving them two years of preschool before they commence Reception,” he said.

“It is part of our school’s ongoing commitment to offer a whole family approach from early childhood to year 12 and beyond.

“Our aim is to set children up for success from the very beginning of their education.”