Elonera Pre-School has been an integral part of the Parkdale community for over 60 years. Our team of nurturing and experienced early childhood professionals deliver high quality three and four year old kindergarten programs.

Our name, Elonera, is an Aboriginal word that means ‘A Happy Place for Children’ and this is the environment that we strive to provide for every child. Our curriculum is play based and inspired by the world-renowned educational principles of Reggio Emilia. We support the development of the ‘whole child’ through meaningful experiences that build on children’s interests, cultures, strengths and knowledge, in our classroom and expansive outdoor environments. 


The group has an emphasis on having fun while learning to share and co-operate with each other in a happy, safe, relaxed, well structured educational environment.


At Elonera, we feel that your child’s four year old kindergarten year should enable your child to blossom and grow in a safe, happy nurturing environment.


Our four year old Bush Kinder program, held at Braeside Park, will provide your children with the ideal learning environment: time and space to play in a natural setting, materials provided by nature and their own interests and enjoyment spurring them on in their learning.

Timetable for 2021

In 2022, 3YO Kangaroos will attend 8.45am – 11.45am Tuesday and Wednesday.
A new group, 3YO Wombats, will attend 8.45am – 1.45pm on Friday.
4YO Possums and Koalas will retain the 2022 timetable, as above.

Open Day 2021

Our Educators

Our educators are all nurturing professionals who provide a secure environment for your child to enjoy and grow in, with qualified Early Childhood teachers co-ordinating both the 3yo and 4yo groups.
Please find our Statement of Philosophy here.

Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Boon Wurrung people who have been nurturing and teaching children on this land for many centuries, we honour and respect their role.



My kids both did their kindy years at Elonera and loved it and both still ask to go back even though they are at Primary School now! Teachers are caring, so creative and engaged. The grounds are so lovely. And the community around Elonera is what makes it.
Amber C (parent)

Great Place for children to grow & learn. Invested educators who really care.
My son and I remember Elonera with great fondness, both 3 & 4 year old Kinders were fantastic. I couldn’t rate it any higher!
Leonie A (parent)

Great teachers with a fabulous learning philosophy and great community spirit all based in amazing grounds which supports kids exploration.
Emily B (parent)