Early Learning Centre

Nurturing the Unique Abilities of Your Child

The Early Learning Centres (ELC) at Haileybury Berwick, Brighton, Keysborough and City establish a pathway for each child to learn, discover and grow. Through flexible and creative programs, boys and girls aged three to five learn to think for themselves and grow in every aspect of their lives. Most of all, they have fun during this important and exciting time in their development.

Haileybury’s Early Learning Centres focus on the early years as a time of discovery, exploration, questions and learning in meaningful ways. The programs are expansive and educational.

The curriculum is linked to the Early Years Learning Framework, with learning reflecting our play-based philosophy. Children engage with developmentally appropriate activities that nurture their creativity, imagination, individuality, relationship building skills, emotional wellbeing and a sense of community.


A comfortable environment and inviting natural play spaces enable children to develop as confident and competent learners. They can choose to collaborate with peers or engage in independent learning, taking the first steps on their journey as successful life-long learners.

Specialist Program

The ELC Program is enhanced by a daily Specialist Program, which includes Music, Library, Creative Arts, Physical Education and Movement. It also incorporates a play-based approach to Literacy and Numeracy that is woven into the curriculum and based on Early Years Learning Framework outcomes.


A digital, play-based language learning program called ELLA (Early Learning Languages Australia) further enhances the Pre-Prep Language Program. Through this, students are introduced to Mandarin.

National Quality Standards

All four of Haileybury’s Early Learning Centres exceed national quality standards set by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority. We continually aim to ensure that our programs and activities are educational, engaging and relevant for all children regardless of their interests and needs.  


Our Lead Educators and Educators develop strong relationships with all the children that they educate and care for. They spend time really learning about and getting to know each individual child. We want our children and families to develop a true sense of ‘belonging’ to our centres.

Hours of Operation

The City and Newlands Early Learning Centres operate from 7.30 am – 6.30 pm, five days a week and 50 weeks of the year. Families using these two services can apply for the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Berwick and Brighton Centres operate during school hours, five days a week during school terms.

Brighton and Berwick Early Learning Centres

The Pre-Prep program (4–5 year olds) operates on a full-time basis and the Reception program (3–4 year olds) offers the following options:

2 Day ProgramThurs/Fri8.45 am – 3.15 pm
3 Day ProgramMon/Tues/Wed8.45 am – 3.15 pm
5 Day ProgramMon - Fri8.45 am – 3.15 pm

These programs follow the school terms and operate for 38 weeks of the year

City and Keysborough Early Learning Centres

The City and Keysborough Early Learning Centres operates as an extended hours model, open daily from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm for 50 weeks of the year.  

The City Early Learning Centre only offers full-time places to both Reception and Pre-Prep children.

The Keysborough Early Learning Centre offers full-time places for Pre-Prep and part-time options for Reception (2 or 3 Day Program).

The City and Keysborough centres closes for three staff professional development days, Melbourne Cup Eve and all public holidays and for two weeks over the Christmas period.