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, spread across two sessions, 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. 




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.

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 3 and 4 year old groups. Please find our Statement of Philosophy here.

Timetable for 2025

NQS Quality ratings for Elonera
Rated: Exceeding National Quality Standards

Acknowledgment of Country 

Elonera Preschool community acknowledges  Boon Wurrung people as the traditional custodians of this land. We also acknowledge their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respects to them, their cultures and elders past present, and continuing. We recognise that Aboriginal people have been nurturing and teaching children on this land of many thousands of years, we honour and respect that role.

The Elonera teaching team are committed to doing our best to incorporate indigenous perspectives into our curriculum as well as respect and celebrate Aboriginal ways of living with the children.



“Such a lovely warm community kinder with the most dedicated educators who created so many wonderful learning experiences for the kids. We were sad to leave and would recommend Elonera to anyone.” – Cassy (Parent)

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)