From the Head of Ignatius Early Years
Ignatius Early Years (IEY) is a warm and welcoming beginning to your child’s learning journey at Saint Ignatius' College. We believe that parents and carers make a very important decision when they entrust their child to our care and we are honoured when they do. At the IEY we begin the partnerships within the college that we hope will form lifelong bonds that are trusting, caring and honest.
We provide a stimulating and nurturing environment that starts with what children are familiar with so that they feel safe, listened to and respected. Your children are amazing and every day we are awed by what they know and what they can do. We know children learn and develop best through thoughtfully constructed play opportunities within a social context that allows them to express themselves and communicate openly with others. Active listening and dialogue are crucial to this communication.
We know that children need time to make learning meaningful. In the early years restrictions on time can make learning thin where a few facts may be learned but deep transformational learning is unlikely to happen. So that the children have the flexibility to continue a project into any part of the day we have deliberately chosen not to include specialist lessons until children reach school.
The children’s day is divided into three allowing them the access to the inside and outside environments at given times. The use of each environment remains flexible. This allows any to be used when required, for any particular purpose or from a request from the children. The programs running throughout the day provide a predictable structure and ebb and flow to the day.
You are your child’s first teacher and we look forward to hearing all about your child from you. We encourage parent and carer participation in and contribution to our program in the many ways that you are able to offer through your talents, interests and skills.
Like all staff at the IEY I spend a good part of my day teaching and as such I am best contacted through my email on firstname.lastname@example.org . If you prefer to call I can be contacted on ph 8130 7180. I look forward to your enquiry.
Head of Ignatius Early Years