Early Learning Centre

Developing Children's Unique Capabilities

Haileybury Early Learning Centres establish a pathway for each child to learn, discover and grow.

Through flexible educational programs, children aged three to five learn to apply their newfound knowledge to every aspect of their lives.

At Haileybury, we recognise the early years as a time of exploration. Each child is supported to develop their unique capabilities and a love of learning.

Haileybury's ELC programs are comprehensive, engaging and educational.

Based on the Early Years Learning Framework, developmentally appropriate activities are designed to sustain each child's engagement. Pedagogical strategies support concentration and learning through play.

Children develop their creativity, social skills, emotional wellbeing, higher-order thinking skills and a sense of belonging.

Our play-based curriculum includes Language and Literacy, Numeracy, Social Thinking, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Engaging Environment

Engaging indoor and outdoor environments with inviting natural play spaces provide opportunities for the development of curious, confident and competent learners.

Children can collaborate with peers or engage in independent inquiry, as they progress along their learning journey.

Our educators play a vital role in each child's education, drawing on evidence-based teaching strategies and the latest early childhood research.

Specialist Program

The ELC curriculum is enhanced by a Specialist Program, which includes Music, Library, Creative Arts, Physical Education and Movement.


A digital, play-based language learning program called ELLA (Early Learning Languages Australia) further enhances the Pre-Prep Language program.

Students are introduced to Mandarin, using iPads and play-based resources.

National Quality Standards

Haileybury’s four Early Learning Centres exceed national quality standards, as set by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority.

We ensure that our programs and activities are informed by critical reflection and embedded in all aspects of the ELC.

Experienced Early Childhood Professionals

Haileybury's highly experienced and qualified educators develop strong relationships with families and their children. These relationships are shaped by meaningful engagement and based on our values of trust, unity and respect.

Educators spend time getting to know each child's interests and learning dispositions, recognising the importance of working in partnership with families as their child's first educator.

We aim for children and families to have a genuine sense of belonging and we take pride in our safe and inclusive ELC environments.

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.

Castlefield and Edrington Early Learning Centres

The Castlefield and Edrington ELCs operate during school hours, five days a week during school terms.

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 Newlands Early Learning Centres

The City and Newlands ELCs operate from 7.30 am – 6.30 pm, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year.

Families using these two services can apply for the Child Care Subsidy.

The City and Newlands ELCs operate as an extended hours model, open daily from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm for 50 weeks of the year.

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

The Newlands ELC offers full-time places for Pre-Prep and Reception, as well as part-time options for Reception (2 or 3 Day Program).

The City and Newlands ELCs are closed for three professional development days, Melbourne Cup Eve, all public holidays and for two weeks over the summer holiday period.