Our service is a small not for profit, community based early learning centre for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years, who values the importance of providing quality early education to the children and families of the local and surrounding community.
The natural environment provides ample opportunities for children's play and learning and at ACELP. We pride ourselves on allowing children the many facets of nature from fire to water, sand, dirt, mud and everything in between.
We have a strong risk based philosophy to children's play and learning, allowing them to make the decisions that affect them everyday. Based upon practitioner action research conducted by the centre and the University of Newcastle, ACELP's children have the opportunity to understand how to perceive, assess and manage everyday risks by having access to educators who use intentional teaching for play with heights, play with speed, play near natural elements such as fire and water, play with dangerous tools including hammers, screw drivers and more (Sandseter, 2007).
Our research project conducted in 2017 has received much media attention and acknowledgement both nationally and internationally. The research project won the European Early Childhood Research Association Practitioner Research award, which was accepted by Director Kate Higginbottom in Italy in 2017, following the presentation at their annual conference. Recent media includes an article in The Age Newspaper and segment "Kids Gone Wild" on the project where the focus on the children's engagement in firework was acknowledged.