Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides an educational environment which nurtures in all children the opportunity to develop the desire and skills to be lifelong learners. We recognise that children are strong, competent and resourceful. They are social beings full of imagination and curiosity, always questioning and seeking meaning. Children have the ability to reflect upon and contribute to their own learning through many different ‘languages’ of communication and expression.
Our 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs operate from 8.45am to 3.15pm with options for 2 to 5 days of attendance. Our ELC offers a nurturing learning environment where children‘s own natural rhythms are valued and respected. We are committed to sharing children’s experience, culture and learning with their family, supporting and establishing reciprocal relationships between the home and the Early Learning Centre.
Our ELC was recently graded as part of the National Quality Framework and we are thrilled to announce that we were awarded a rating of ‘Exceeding’ in all seven of the National Quality Standards:
Our curriculum excites and engages while our children actively participate in the world around them. We foster opportunities for children to use their imagination and creativity, to discover and explore, as they weave together essential learning skills ensuring the very best in early education.
ELTHAM’s renowned Bush Adventuring Program brings nature based education to life as children learn and explore in our very own Environmental Reserve, and become immersed in sustainability concepts and the natural world.
Our skilled teaching team intentionally provides beautifully arranged classrooms and enriching experiences complimented by weekly specialist sessions of Music, Library and Perceptual Motor Programs to further enrich your child’s early learning experience.
Our culture reinforces children’s growth in their social confidence as they develop the skills of team work, respect, turn taking, listening, sharing and contributing to a positive and caring learning community.
To attend one of our Early Learning Centre tours, please register here.
Our range of extended hours care options are available to compliment the ELC program. The ELC extended hours care offers Before Care, After Care and Holiday Care, available for casual and permanent bookings, ensuring you have the option for your child to be educated and cared for from 7.15am – 6.30pm for 50 weeks a year in a safe and nurturing environment, whilst also enjoying the benefits of having your child attend an exceptional Early Learning program.
Please note the Child Care Rebate can be applied to our ELC Programs. The Child Care Rebate covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to any amount you may receive from Child Care Benefit.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our Early Learning Centre.