ELC Programs

Learning and growing through play

Children are learning from the time they enter the world. From the time they enter Yarra Valley Grammar, we work in partnership with parents to continue to foster that sense of wonder and awe. We believe that relationships, interactions and attachments, as well as the development of a child’s self-confidence, are fundamental elements that underpin children’s learning. We know that if we respond sensitively to children’s emotional needs and build their confidence, they will go forward with willingness and enthusiasm for learning.

Our vision is to provide children with a sense of belonging, recognising and celebratingtheir being, and supporting their becoming.

When a child starts at the ELC, we welcome and encourage the whole family to become a part of the learning journey. Two-way communication between teachers and parents is a key feature of the Centre, as little people grow, learn and change at a rapid pace. Individual learning programs are constructed that identify their strengths, needs and interests, and articulate particular learning goals. Play experiences are then planned to enable each child to progress, with their development documented in their individual portfolios. Specific attention is given to building numeracy and literacy skills and all ELC children attend weekly specialist sessions in Music and Library, while our four-year-olds also attend sport lessons.

Our ELC students learn in a purpose-built centre, opened in 2010, and also have full use of the School’s other magnificent facilities, including the swimming and wading pools, Sports Complex, Music School, Performing Arts Centre, Resource Centre (Library) and computer resource rooms. Full and part time programs are available for both three and four-year-olds.


Our ELC also makes for a gentle transition to primary school when you choose to continue your child’s education at Yarra Valley Grammar’s Junior School. A transition program begins towards the end of the four-year-old program, building the foundation for school. A buddy system with Junior School students and inclusion in many Junior School events throughout the year ensures our ELC children feel a part of the wider School community.

Seeing the children move through the years is wonderful. When they reminisce later in their school years, they have fond memories. The connection with families, right from the beginning of their child’s education, is another part of that story.

ELC Session Times

The School provides Out of School Hours program in partnership with Camp Australia. Find out more about our Out of School Hours Care program 

Full and part time programs are offered with each day running from 8.45am - 3.00pm

There are two 3 year old groups. One group runs part time, three days per week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the other will run two days per week on Thursday and Friday. There is also an option for children to attend for 5 days.

There are also two 4 year old groups. One will run part time, three days per week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the other group will offer the option of attending three, four or five days per week.