Welcome

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. 

3 YEAR OLDS - KANGAROOS

The group, spread across two three hour 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.

3 YEAR OLDS - WOMBATS

The group, taking place in one five hour session, 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.

4 YEAR OLDS - POSSUMS

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.

BUSH KINDER - KOALAS

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 2022

Timetable 2022

IMPORTANT, there are changes in Term 1 (only):
3YO Kangaroos will attend 8.30am – 11.30am Wednesdays and 1.30pm – 4.30pm Fridays.
3YO Wombats will be temporarily relocated to Mordialloc Preschool, with teaching delivered by the Elonera teaching team.

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.

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Testimonials

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)