At our Early Learning Centre (ELC) we provide a fun, supportive and stimulating early education program for three and four-year-old children.  The centre provides a smooth and exciting transition from home to school, and our caring staff work with families to ensure your child’s early educational experience is positive and engaging. Situated in a separate facility within the grounds of Buckley House – our Primary Years campus at Ivanhoe – the bright rooms and well-equipped play areas provide a safe and welcoming environment for young children.

We welcome enrolments of three and four-year-old girls and boys. Children should turn three prior to the commencement of the school year in ELC 3 and four by the end of April in their ELC 4 year.

To find out more about the Early Learning Centre you can register for a School Tour, or contact our Registrar at enrol@ivanhoe.com.au or +61 3 9490 1877 for more information.

The Early Learning program is currently only offered at our Ivanhoe location.


We offer a three-year-old and four-year-old program at the Early Learning Centre. Both are play-based and flexible programs that ensure every child receives individual attention, and everyone is celebrated at their own stage of development.

The structure draws inspiration from many philosophies in early childhood education, including the Reggio Emlia approach which is based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community through the exploration of a self-guided curriculum. Our early childhood educators are guided by the National Early Years Learning Framework which values the early years as a time to experience belonging, being and becoming.

All aspects of a child’s development are supported including social, emotional, creative, physical, language and intellectual needs.

With access to Buckley House Primary School resources and facilities, our Early Learning Centre provides a wonderful introduction to the school curriculum including music, physical education, science, French, library, art, and health and wellbeing; the experience of which will provide a smooth transition to school.



Central to our philosophy is the image of the child as powerful, capable and full of curiosity about his or her world.

Kathryn Harding
Early Learning Centre Director