Canterbury Early Learning Centre Logo

Welcome To Our Early Learning Centre

Early childhood education is the foundation for lifelong learning…

We offer our families a supportive and stimulating Early Learning education for their children, with highly qualified teachers and educators, in vibrant well-resourced classrooms, and engaging outdoor play spaces.

We believe it is vital to inspire a culture of curiosity and a love for learning.

So children are encouraged to explore, question, discover, problem-solve, exchange ideas, grow their interests and be creative, as they explore their world – while developing a sense of belonging and a strong sense of self.

Our ELC teachers and educators support, challenge and foster each child’s learning and development.

Along the way they will specifically cover Spanish, Music and Movement.

Children will also be introduced to evidence-based literacy approaches and investigative mathematics used in our Prep – Year 6 classrooms.

These and other strong links to the College’s Junior School programs, students, facilities and events, enables a smooth transition from ELC into Prep and beyond.

The Canterbury Values of Integrity, Respect, Gratitude and Effort are embedded within our Early Learning Centre philosophy and everyday practices.

Kindy classes consist of full-time OR part-time options, with a minimum of three days per week.

Daily bookings are ONLY available for Pre-Kindy classes.

Our Pre-Kindy and Kindy Rooms all include Long Day Care from 6:45am – 6:00pm as part of our all-inclusive daily rates.

Our Early Learning Centre students enjoy many engaging events and activities large and small throughout the year.

Some are hosted within the ELC grounds, while others combine with the wider Junior School campus.

Close College partnerships are highly valued at Canterbury, so there are numerous opportunities for parents and carers to participate in their children’s learning within the classroom and attend their events.

Annual ELC Events: Life Education Van, Under 8s Day, Mother’s Day Mingle, Father’s Day Fun, Grandparents’ Day, Easter Hat Parade, Multicultural Day, Book Week, ELC – Year 2 Disco, ELC – Year 2 Athletics Carnival, ELC – Year 2 End Of Year Celebration Ceremony, Bush Kindy, Canterbury Kitchen Garden Visits, Engine Room Visits, Library Visits, ELC Orientation Mornings.

2024 Early Learning Centre Fees

Plus an annual Single Resource Charge (SRC) $140.00

*Before Child Care Subsidy applied


$122 per day*

A dedicated Pre-Kindy room for 3 year olds with daily bookings available.


$108 per day*

Four Kindy rooms for 4-5 year olds.

Each of our Pre-Kindy and Kindy rooms have been given the Yugambeh names for birds found in our community.

We have the Mibunns (eagles), Kagarus (kookaburras), Bilins (parrots), Geiras (cockatoos) and Booanguns (curlews).

Curlews, in particular, have a special place in the College’s identity, returning every year to the campus to hatch their young.

All of the birds are also a metaphor of how the children’s learning will grow and soar to great heights, whilst spreading their wings and exploring their environment.

Engine Room

The Canterbury College Engine Room is an amazing space where children can improve their energy levels, concentration, and fine and gross motor skills – all while having fun.
The Engine Room is based on extensive research which shows these activities to ‘get your engine running’ at the optimum level for learning.

Our Early Learning Centre is typically oversubscribed with waiting lists, so we highly recommend enrolling early to avoid disappointment.
Tel: +61 7 3299 0862 | Email:

Enrol in the Early Learning Centre

We warmly invite you to visit our Early Learning Centre for a personal tour of this great facility.
For tour enquiries or bookings please contact us – Tel: +61 7 3299 0862 | Email: