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Early Learning Curriculum


Our Early Learning Program offers your child a fun, colourful, safe and nurturing place in which to grow. Children in our Early Learning Program are challenged to learn in a way that is joyful and engaging, with the focus being on the individual needs of every child.

Where the Journey Begins

The learning journey at Billanook College commences with the Early Learning Program (ELP) and provides for a seamless transition into the Primary years. Our Early Learning Program (ELP) for three and four year old children invites them to participate in an open learning community where the natural wonder, curiosity and questioning of young children is guided through play to exploration and discovery whilst developing social connections and skills.

Early Learning Program (ELP) Principles

The principles that underpin the Billanook College ELP are founded in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and include:

Family and Partnership
We encourage a partnership between home and school where we work with and build on what children have previously experienced, and welcome parents’ involvement in the journey.

Equity and Diversity
Billanook College is an open entry school where all students are valued for their individual gifts, skills and talents.

Responsive Engagement
Children learn in an experimental way and the Billanook College ELP is one that is founded on active learning through open ended and guided play.

Learning Continuum
As part of the Junior Learning Centre (JLC), the Early Learning Program circumvents some of the challenges associated with a child’s transition into the Preparatory year. Our programs recognise a learning journey allowing for an easy transition for the child from the early years into the Primary School and beyond.

Whole Child Education
Billanook College focuses on the development of the whole child and aims to produce well-rounded individuals. An understanding of the world around them is critical for the successful growth and development of children. Our ELP focuses on their role in this world and responsibility for its careful stewardship.

Program Features

Being part of the Early Learning Program within the Junior Learning Centre enables children access to resources and opportunities as part of the wider Billanook community, including:

  • Theatre performance spaces
  • Specialist teachers (Physical Education, Performing Arts (Music and Drama)
  • Sporting Facilities such as ovals, gymnasium and tennis courts
  • Extensive Library Resources, including specialist staff

The principles that underpin the Billanook College ELP have their foundation in the Victorian Early Years’ Learning and Development Framework and include

  • bright open plan facility
  • innovative learning and teaching tools
  • opportunities to explore literacy and numeracy
  • specialist Physical Education, Music and Library Skills, curriculum and teachers
  • a focus on your child’s individual needs
  • fun and laughter

During Semester 2 students in the Four Year Old Early Learning Program take part in a Preparatory Readiness Program.

To enquire about enrolling in the Early Learning Program, please contact the College Registrar on 03 9724 1179 to email

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