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(02) 9745 1141


(02) 9745 2826



7-9 Elm St,
Burwood Heights, NSW 2136

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Our Philosophy

We believe in guiding children to become responsible social beings in a welcoming, safe and vibrant environment.  We encourage children to be their best self by promoting inclusion, social justice and equity, community and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the diverse culture of Australia.


Our Vision

Best education and care for children contributes to a sustainable nation.


Our Mission

Promoting and continuously improving practices and advocating for quality education in a welcoming, play-based and stimulating environment where children are encouraged to build meaningful and respectful relationships.


Our Goals


The teachers, educators and staff  of the Service aim to promote and practice the fundamentals of Belonging, Being, and Becoming to ensure quality in the delivery of our early childhood education programs.

Educators’ practices and the relationships they form with children and families have a significant effect on children’s involvement and success in learning. Children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership to support young children’s learning. Children’s early learning influences their life chances.


Wellbeing and a strong sense of connection, optimism and engagement enable children to develop a positive attitude to learning. (Early Years Learning Framework p.9).


We will create a range of short and long-term goals for your child that we will program to and observe on which will be based on the outcomes in the Early Years Learning Framework and include:


       mutual respect and empathy

       concern and responsibility for self and others

       a sense of self worth

       social awareness

       importance of sustainability

       self-discipline and self-regulation

       habits of initiative and persistence

       creative intelligence and imagination

       self-confidence as an independent learner

       a love of learning.


We strongly encourage communication between families and educators to ensure continuity in what we are delivering to your child and acknowledge that the role of the educator is to work in partnership with families, children’s first, and most influential educators.


Management Structure

Elm St Early Learning Centre operates as a co-operative of parents, which means the Service is managed by parents who become members of the co-operative and the Board of Management.
The Board is comprised of parents who volunteer and dedicate their time and resources to making decisions in the best interest of the Service. The Board takes their responsibilities seriously and collectively they have a say in:
  • Selection of staff and remuneration
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Policy making
  • Financial management of the Service
  • Strategic Planning of the Service
  • Maintenance and upgrade of the Service


Parents are always encouraged to provide feedback to the Board and staff to ensure there is continuous improvement of the Service.

Our Educators and Staff

Our service is made up of a team of highly professional educators who are committed to and passionate about early childhood education and care.  Our staff promote  human rights,  safety and wellbeing of all children and consider and respects the diverse backgrounds and needs of children.


We create an environment that promotes and enables children's participation, and is welcoming, culturally safe, and inclusive of all their children and families.


  Elm St Early Learning Centre employs 13 staff consisting of: 
  • 2 x Early Childhood teachers (Director and Deputy Director)
  • 5 x Associate Diploma
  • 2x Certificate III in Childcare
  • 1 x qualified cook
  • 1 x Bookkeeper/admin officer
  • 1 admin clerk


All educators and staff are qualified to perform First Aid and have Child Protection up-to-date qualifications.   We have continuous education and training programs for our staff and educators to ensure we are up-to-date with the latest early childhood education and care curriculum.

Fees and Hours of Operation

Care Provided 

We provide full-time and part-time care for children between 6 weeks - 5 years old. We have 40 places in the Service.

Hours of Operation 

The Service is open 50 weeks of the year, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.  We operate between 7.15 am to 5.45 pm. We are closed for 2 weeks during the Christmas and New Year break.


Upon the acceptance of a place in the Service, we require:
Registration fee - $90(one-off payment)
Contribution to resources - $102 (per annum) per family
Refundable Holding bond - 2 weeks equivalent to the number of days attending, this will be refunded upon cancellation of care.
From May 2024 fees are as follows:
Nursery & Toddlers 
 Includes:  5 nutritious meals,  nappies, and soccer lessons for 3 years old and up


The daily fee includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and late afternoon snack.  
Our nutritional meals are fully prepared by our qualified cook each day and we aim to provide a balanced diet to our children daily.
We also take children's allergies very seriously and we take all care to ensure any dietary requirements are met and discussed regularly with the parents.  Our Centre is a NUT-FREE zone.
We change our menu every fortnight.  Please click the ESELC menu options below.