Part of a tight-knit community, our early learners are an integral part of the Elsternwick Junior School. Their dedicated learning space, our Early Childhood Learning Centre for 3- and 4-year-olds, is one of the best in the state, being awarded ACECQA’s ‘Exceeding’ rating. Our flexible enrolment options include part-time attendance.

Enrolment options Full time (Monday to Friday) for both three-year-old and four-year-old ECLC
Part-time options include
  • Three-year-old ECLC: two set days a week (Thursday and Friday) or three set days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Four-year-old ECLC: four set days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
Hours of operation 8.30am - 3.10pm
Before and after school care available        
Classes available One three-year-old class
Two four-year-old classes

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Apply today

Due to high demand, we encourage families to apply for ECLC as early as possible.

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If you would like further information or are not ready to apply today, please contact the Elsternwick Campus admissions team on 03 8102 6808 or email

Wesley Early Learning in Elsternwick

Early learners access a range of resources, from the multipurpose halls, ovals, library and art centres.

Tour the Campus

Visiting the school is one of the best ways to see if it will suit your child. On Wesley campus tours, you will get a feel for the school, meet our skilled teachers and students and see the facilities. And you can ask as many questions as you need.

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Meet the ECLC Coordinator: Claire de Crespigny

Claire de Crespigny

Please describe your ECLC?

Indoors and outside, our environment provokes curiosity and challenges the children’s thinking. It is designed to encourage creative expression, collaboration and inquiry, responsive to the children’s own interests and motivations. Our approach to learning encourages children to wonder, make sense of their world and inquire. The children are encouraged to discuss their thoughts and opinions, and debate is encouraged as a way to challenge the thinking of others.

How do you help children to become ‘school ready’?

In our ECLC, children develop skills crucial to their early childhood development and helpful for preparing them for school, such as social and communication skills, emotional regulation and a strong sense of identity and community. The transition program provides the children with the confidence, awareness and independence for a seamless start to Prep.

Do ECLC children venture out to the rest of the campus?

The children are involved in specialist lessons which take them to the other areas of the school, helping them familiarise themselves with
both the classrooms, facilities and specialist teachers of the campus.

'The ECLC has built strong foundations for our children’s successful schooling life. They’ve treasured every moment of their time in the ECLC, being within an environment which is nurturing, captivating, engaging and fosters development aligned with their interests, all while having fun.'

Sonia and Corey - Elsternwick ECLC parents

‘The sense of community we experienced at the Elsternwick Open Day has continued since enrolling our children. Both our boys have embraced their Wesley journey and made some great friends. They talk fondly of their teachers outside of school hours and look forward to each day. What more could we ask?’

Corina and Jason - Elsternwick ECLC parents
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