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Early Learning

Our three- and four-year-old programs provide an inspiring, fun and supportive learning environment.

Early Learning
Early Learning

Carey Baptist Grammar School’s Early Learning Centres (ELCs) at our Kew and Donvale campuses offer three- and four-year-old kindergarten. They are designed to provide inspiring, fun environments where children feel nurtured, supported and engaged in their learning and play.

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Five-day four-year-old ELC program at Donvale in 2025

We are excited to be expanding our ELC offering at our Donvale campus in 2025 to include a five-day four-year-old program. Read more about future session times and our program offerings below or contact our Admissions team for more information.

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ELC Program at Donvale Campus
ELC Program at Donvale Campus

Donvale ELC

ELC at Donvale offers a unique learning experience surrounded by beautiful native bushland

This bushland provides us the opportunity to offer our fully integrated Bush Kinder program. We have direct access to Mullum Mullum Linear Creek Park, where ELC students explore, investigate and learn about the abundance of flora and fauna they can find there.

During Bush Kinder sessions, children encounter and engage with the natural environment, establish a meaningful relationship with it and develop their curiosity, resilience and sense of agency.

Head of Junior School Donvale, Steve Wilson, along with Archie the therapy dog, take you on a guided tour of the Donvale campus.

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Donvale ELC Session Times in 2023/24

Three-year-old group
Two full days: Wednesday and Friday 

Four-year-old group
Three full days: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

All sessions are from 9.00am to 3.00pm. The ELC is closed during the school holidays.

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Donvale ELC Session Times from 2025

Three-year-old group
Two full days: Tuesday and Wednesday
Three full days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Four-year-old group
Three full days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Three full days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Four full days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Five full days: Monday to Friday

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ELC Program at Kew Campus
ELC Program at Kew Campus

Kew ELC

ELC at Kew provides a connection to our main campus and its impressive range of facilities.

Our Kew ELC students enjoy their own purpose-built separate section within the School. This allows for the future years of schooling to be anticipated with enthusiasm and for older students to visit the Centre for special performances, reading or sports activities.

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Kew ELC Session Times

Three-year-old group 
Two full days: Wednesday and Friday 
Three full days: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 
Five full days: Monday to Friday

Four-year-old group
Three full days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Three full days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Four full days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Five full days: Monday to Friday

All sessions are from 9.00am to 3.00pm. The ELC is closed during the school holidays.

We also have a childcare program for the children of our staff (aged from six months to three years old) at our Kew campus.

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Extended Care

Donvale ELC

After-school care is available until 6.00pm each evening for Donvale ELC students in the four-year-old group. This is provided by the external after-school care program OSHClub.

Bookings can be made on either a permanent or casual basis.

Kew ELC

Both morning and afternoon extended care is available to all ELC children at Kew. Morning care is offered in-house from 7.45 to 8.30am. Afternoon care is available from 3.15 to 5.00pm with the external after-school care program OSHClub.

Our ELC Program offers many exciting and different experiences for the children, while giving them the freedom and encouragement to be curious and explore their own interests.

Early Learning Program
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Early Learning Frequently Asked Questions

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Explore our Early Learning facilities

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ELC Kew

Conveniently located at our main campus in Kew, our Kew ELC students enjoy access to the School’s extensive range of facilities. 

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ELC Donvale

Located at our Junior School campus in Donvale, our Donvale ELC offers a unique learning experience for the youngest members of our school.

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