Here is what we know to be true. Balance beams, paint and dress-ups have everything to do with learning and growing. So for our youngest learners, a state-of-the-art, purpose built Early Learning Centre sets the scene for little people to take big adventures in a program that honours the role of play in teaching and learning. 

The ELC signals the beginning of your child’s learning journey at HVGS and you can rest assured that they will discover a place where they truly belong and a safe and nurturing ‘home away from home’ with us.  

This is just the beginning. Read on to discover more.

Get Ready for Kindy

Students enrolled in our ELC have the benefit of a comprehensive transition program to Kindergarten at HVGS.

During Terms 3 and 4 our preschoolers enjoy fortnightly visits to Kindergarten classrooms so they feel comfortable and confident with the Kindy experience when the time comes. 

Our Transition to School Program is collaboratively planned and evaluated and many of the activities and experiences undertaken during these visits are integrated into the preschool program. 

Our educators will work with families to ensure a smooth transition to school for children not continuing at HVGS.

“I went to Kindergarten and I made some friends. I had a sandwich and some custard. I had fun. I got some glitter!”

Stephanie, HVGS Preschooler


ELC Snapshot

Educators holding awardRecognition of Excellence

Our Early Learning Centre and our Early Childhood Educators are award winning! In 2022 they won the Large Community Regional Service of the Year Award at this year’s Excellence in Early Education Awards. Special congratulations also to our ELC Director Sarah Bilton-Smith who was awarded the Regional Educator Leader Excellence Award.

Parent working with young childParent Involvement

We know that parents and families are children’s first teachers and the centre of their child’s world. Our parents are talented individuals who have knowledge, skills, interests and ideas to enhance our program.

We love parent contributions, in fact, some of our very best learning experiences have resulted from fantastic parent participation!

students smiling at camera

National Quality Rating

Our Early Learning Centre has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standards set by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority. 


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Key Contacts

Sarah Bilton-Smith is the Director of our Early Learning Centre.  She’s also the is the Nominated Supervisor and the Educational Leader for our service. Contact Sarah



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