Learning in ELC

Our ELC students use their natural curiosity to learn and solve problems with others through a play-based curriculum.

Learning in ELC
Learning in ELC

At Carey Baptist Grammar School, we believe all children in our Early Learning Centre (ELC) program should develop a positive view of themselves as a learner and have the confidence to thrive when they start school.

Our highly skilled, qualified ELC educators provide exciting and varied learning experiences that set the foundations for each child’s educational journey.


Learning program

We encourage our ELC students to use their natural curiosity to learn and solve problems with others through a play-based curriculum. This helps them attach meaning to the world and explore their interests, while developing vital social skills.

We value the strong relationships we have between our staff, parents and students. We build trust and connection with families through regular meetings and by inviting parents to participate in our programs.

Our ELCs are purpose-built areas located within our school campuses. This means our ELC program can access the School’s extensive range of facilities for specialist classes, activities and events. When ELC students become familiar with the rest of the School, they grow to be excited and enthusiastic about their future years at Carey.

Specialist subjects


Music can influence a child’s development in many ways and is an important part of our ELC program. Students learn using voice, percussion, movement and drama suited to their educational needs at each development stage.


Our exceptionally well-resourced art studios allow our students to experiment with a range of media. This gives children the freedom to use their imagination and express themselves creatively.


Our ELC students regularly visit the Junior School Library on their campus. We actively encourage children’s love of reading and storytelling. We arrange many special events and visits from authors and illustrators to bring literature to life.

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.


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.

Carey's History teachers recognised for excellence
Carey's History teachers recognised for excellence
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