Learning Another Language at Council Long Day Care Centres

Children learning Mandarin
Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Pre-schoolers attending three Northern Beaches Council long day care centres can now study a language other than English.

Council General Manager Planning, Place & Community David Kerr said Brookvale, Dee Why and Narrabeen centres have been granted access to the acclaimed ELLA Program.

Brookvale is teaching Mandarin, Dee Why Italian and Narrabeen Spanish.

Adults who have learned to speak two or more languages have a number of developmental advantages including better general intelligence, better memories and higher scores in maths, reading and vocabulary.

They are also shown to be more empathetic and better listeners, as well as being more creative and better organised.

The ELLA program uses tablet-based language apps specifically designed for pre-school children.