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the ruyton reporter

Getting it Right at Ruyton!*

At Ruyton Early Learning we believe that building

success for school begins with a positive learning

experience in the early years. Our programme

has been carefully crafted to ensure each child is

nurtured and engaged in their learning and

includes the following:

• rich literacy and numeracy experiences, such

as open-ended play and intentional teaching,

and holding conversations to aid the

development of language

• opportunities for self-expression through

a wide array of learning experiences

• fostering independence skills, such as self-care

• opportunities for responsibility

• building resilience through the creation

of regular routines and establishment of

good habits.

The Early Learning staff assist the children to take

considered risks and to share their feelings verbally,

visually in drawings and through play. As adults,

teachers are the models for resilient thinking and

encourage children to explore different ideas and

lead their own learning. Teaching staff not only

praise a child’s accomplishments, but also reinforce

in a positive manner a child’s attempts and the

process he or she undertakes. The foundation of

a working partnership with our Early Learning

families is critical in this process and continues

throughout a child’s learning journey at Ruyton.

Mrs Teresa Wojcik,

Acting Director of Early


* Phrase coined by Anne-Marie Milentis,

Early Learning

Preparing for School

Welcome Teresa

We are fortunate to have secured the

services of Ms Teresa Wojcik as the acting

Director of Early Learning, while Ms Karina

Buttler is on maternity leave. Teresa comes

to us with a proven track record in Early

Childhood Education, having worked most

recently at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School in

their co-educational Early Learning Centre.

Teresa was fortunate to visit Italy three years

ago where she participated in workshops

based around the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

Here her belief that children need to be

listened to and allowed to express

themselves in many different ways (the one

hundred languages of children) was

reinforced. Teresa is particularly interested in

the whole school community and building

relationships with

families. She also enjoys

seeing how children

develop, equipping

them with the right

skills to prepare them

for lifelong learning.

In addition, Teresa is

passionate about

sustainability and

cultural diversity, and we are already seeing

this reflected in some of the activities

in which the children are engaged. We are

delighted to welcome Teresa to Ruyton

Early Learning and hope she enjoys her time

with us.