Early learning is critical to a child’s development. It’s the foundation that helps them achieve their potential. It builds the skills and habits that will help them succeed in school and in life. The Department of Education is committed to ensuring all children have access to quality education and care. This includes expanding and improving early learning programs. These investments will help children be healthy, safe, and ready for school.
The Morell & Area Early Learning Centre is a non-profit, licensed, community centre that offers full-day preschool and childcare services for children aged three months to kindergarten entry. The centre is open year-round and is located at the Morell Consolidated School. It is licensed for 40 children and is staffed by qualified ECEs. The centre follows the Creative Curriculum, which is a developmental approach to teaching that encourages learning through exploration and discovery.
A quality preschool experience is one that helps your child learn social and emotional skills, develop physical skills, build strong language and literacy skills, and have a positive self-image. It should be safe, loving, and supportive. It should also provide an environment that allows each child to reach his or her full potential.
To receive funding, a centre must be rated by the government and meet certain requirements. These include a staff-to-child ratio, health and safety standards, and the National Quality Framework. A quality preschool should also offer a range of opportunities for parents and caregivers to participate.
Some communities are trying to make early learning more accessible by offering vouchers that will cover the cost of preschool for low-income families. However, implementing this kind of program is expensive and will require substantial budgetary attention.
In Indiana, a new state rating system is working to improve the quality of childcare and preschools. This new system is called Paths to Quality and rewards providers for improving their programs and making it easier for families to find quality care. This program will also support a national initiative to improve the quality of prekindergarten in America. Currently, only about 20% of 3- and 4-year-olds attend high quality preschool.
Children’s experiences in early learning are critical to their future success. Quality learning environments, supported by knowledgeable and professional early learning professionals, can improve outcomes, narrow achievement gaps, and convey long-term benefits for students in school and in life.
Early learning centres provide high-quality care and education for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. They are located throughout the state and provide a safe, supportive environment for children to learn and play. Children spend multiple years with the same teacher, which allows them to build trust and develop a deep understanding of each child’s strengths, interests and needs.
The ECED learning lab is an innovative and interactive classroom space that supports the transition of theory to practice by allowing learners to engage with young children in a real-world setting. The lab features a number of interactive children’s learning centres including an artist studio, reading centre and dramatic play centre to support the development of child-centred learning principles and practices. This qualification is designed for learners working in an early years setting who want to upskill into an advanced practitioner role.
After School Programs
A child’s early learning experience is critical to their success in school and life. High quality early learning programs provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to help children grow and learn.
Join us for a 30-minute overview of resources to help system- and program-level staff ensure engaging and enriching afterschool and summer experiences for all children. This NCASE webinar will feature a short presentation of the latest resource updates, followed by an optional 15-minute question and answer session.
This qualification is aimed at learners who already have a full Level 3 early years/childcare qualification and wish to upskill to an advanced practitioner role within their centre or into employment in an associated profession such as further education colleges, community and adult learning providers, offender education providers and third/voluntary sector organisations. This qualification will enable learners to apply analytical and evaluative educational and teaching principles in private and public places of learning, as well as developing the skills required for further professional development. Cache level 3 and Early learning centres