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Our School Early Learning Centre

The Early Learning Centre at Ivanhoe Girls' is a special place, not only for girls, but for the whole family.


The ELC is housed in St James’ House in Noel Street. Formerly the vicarage of St James’ Church, this beautiful Federation house has been restored to provide outstanding indoor and outdoor learning spaces tailored to the learning needs of three- to five-year-old girls.

The beautiful light-filled space is designed to optimise safety and simplicity, while drawing on the best theory and practice from Reggio Emilio Philosophy and the Australian Early Years Learning Framework.

The children are provided with opportunities that promote the joy of learning and caring relationships while developing their sense of self through active exploration, manipulation of their environment and positive experiences. The ELC is a place where girls grow and learn through play, laughter, imaginative experiences, wonderful literature and nurturing relationships. 

Girls bring with them a valuable store of knowledge, abilities, experiences, values and attitudes, which have been developed in the context of their family and social settings. As educators, we foster a partnership with our families in order to build on these significant experiences. 

"The ELC is a warm, friendly and nurturing environment, and the teachers attentive and caring. Our daughter has been challenged, but supported." — Current parent

There are two Groups in the Early Learning Centre: 

  • Kindergarten Group (Three-year-old), which girls may attend for two to five full days per week 
  • PrePrep Group (Four-year-old), which girls may attend for four or five days. 

Through an integrated approach, the learning environment is designed to take into account individual needs, and enables each girl to participate in activities that are suited to her age and developmental level.

Our Early Learning Centre provides girls with a range of opportunities that promote learning, caring relationships and a positive self-concept. Through active exploration and manipulation of their environment, girls are encouraged to develop a sense of themselves on their learning journey.

A continuity of experiences, flexible routines and access to high quality material and resources, enables each girl to experience the joy of learning.

In 2015, the Centre received the highest possible rating under the National Quality Framework in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (National Law) in a national assessment by the Department of Education and Training. The ELC was rated as ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ in all of the seven Quality Areas assessed.