Little Vines ELC

Little Vines ELC at the Gums Childcare Centre, ClareLittle Vines ELC has been developed in partnership with The Gums Childcare Centre and Vineyard Lutheran School. Little Vines ELC offers the very best in Early Learning education with an integrated, play centered program based on the world recognised Reggio Emilia philosophy and practice.

Our small class size with a maximum of 30 children provides an intimate family atmosphere that enables educators to offer children developmentally appropriate experiences that support and enhance their learning.  Through regular activities with Vineyard school staff and in the school itself, Little Vines ELC children become familiar with a primary school setting and its expectations.

The Little Vines ELC Specialist Program includes:

Physical Education

Girls at the Gums Childcare Centre, ClareA specialist teacher takes the ELC group for weekly Physical Education lessons as well as a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) that aims to develop the child’s perceptions and understandings of him/her self and his/her world through movement and motor experiences.

Buddy Class

The ELC children participate in a weekly Buddy class program with older children from Vineyard School. The Buddy class program aims to;

  • assist with student transition to primary school
  • develop positive cross-age relationships
  • provide opportunities for peer tutoring
  • contribute to a positive and caring school culture
  • contribute to more positive behaviour by providing positive role models
  • develop pro-social values and skills
  • develop responsibility
  • build self confidence
  • develop empathy
  • promote inclusion
  • discourage bullying


Vineyard School offers German as its LOTE language. Weekly German lessons are delivered by a specialist language teacher at the school. This is supported by the introduction of German language through the daily ELC program.

Nature Play

Outdoor play at the Gums Childcare Centre, ClareOutdoor spaces offer a vast array of possibilities not available indoors. These spaces invite open ended interactions,   spontaneity, risk taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature. The bush block provides a space where children enjoy unstructured time to explore, imagine, be messy and play in a wild environment. Children develop risk-assessment and decision-making skills through experiencing challenges and risks.