The LELC building was originally two classrooms, no longer required by the Lock Area School, which were joined together to create a preschool centre 14 years ago. The facilities are roomy and well laid out encouraging a variety of play and learning. The outdoor play area is large and maintained to a high standard and also offers a stimulating learning environment.
5 children are attending in 2015 and this is slightly less than the previous year. 4 of the 5 children attend via the school bus service. Attendance is above the State average and absences tend to be for genuine reasons caused by our isolation e.g. medical, birth of sibling, education or other family reasons.
Children generally transfer from this preschool to Lock Area School which is the only school in the vicinity.
Visits between the preschool and R/1 class happen regularly with the R/1 class visiting each Thursday afternoon. The preschool is also open to the R.1 class during school lunch play time. Children have the opportunity to become very familiar with the school environment, children and teacher. The preschool visits the school for special performances and visiting artists. Visiting the library is an integral part of our program. Formal orientation visits to the R/1 classroom are timetabled jointly between the school and preschool in term 4 each year. Transition to preschool happens at this time also.
Families and community are involved in the preschool through the play group, sharing their expertise, fundraising, Governing Council and volunteering to help maintain both the inside and out of the centre.
About the Lock Area
Lock is 613km from the Adelaide GPO, 1 hour and 40 minutes approximately from the nearest large town being Pt. Lincoln, which has a population of 432. Lock is part of the Elliston District Council and is situated in the middle of the Eyre Peninsula of SA. It is predominantly a broad acre cereal farming community.
Within the town there is a supermarket and deli, Post Office, and agricultural services providing for the local farming community. There is a hotel and one motel, both providing meals and accommodation.
Other local facilities include a medical centre, sporting and bowling clubs, social, cultural, recreational facilities including a swimming pool and there are several churches within the town.
The medical centre is staffed by a full time registered nurse, part time enrolled nurses and a visiting doctor from Wudinna visiting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A CAFHS nurse is also based at the medical centre. Several visiting professions such as a physiotherapist, bone aligner, speech therapist visit, offering their services to the community.