Mildura Early Learning Centre
Mildura Early Learning Centre embraces the world-class educational approach, Reggio Emilia. We have created a learning environment enriched with creative and sensory experiences as avenues for growth, allowing every child to reach their full potential.
Monday to Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm
340-342 San Mateo Avenue Mildura VIC 3500
We offer care to all age groups from as young as six weeks up to school age. We are open every day from Monday to Friday, except for public holidays.
We pride ourselves on having the best curriculum and education programs, this is supported by having experienced and knowledgeable early childhood professional educators. We offer an Approved Kindergarten Program delivered by a teacher with a bachelor’s degree. We have received the highest rating and recognition for our Educational Programs.
We understand the importance of education and believe that childhood is a unique time of life which should be valued and enjoyed. We recognise that early childhood is a time when foundations are laid for future health, learning and wellbeing. We use a Reggio Emilia inspired approach to meet the objectives outlined in the National and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Frameworks; including emphasis on literacy, numeracy, music and movement and social development.
Our cook freshly prepares and serves warm meals and snacks on the premises, taking into consideration any special dietary requirements. Our qualified and trained staff implement a developmental program that enhances and challenges each child's individual learning and promotes a safe and happy environment.
Our Educators and Team
We believe that we are only as great as our people. Our team of educators are well trained, knowledgeable, trust worthy and above all else, their level of commitment to the wellbeing of children is second to none. All our educators hold formal qualifications; including bachelor degrees, advance diplomas, diplomas and certificate III in early childhood. All our educators hold Working With Children Checks and have current first aid and CPR certificates. Our educators attend regular professional development and training to allow them to deliver best practice educational programs for your children.
Positive Learning Environment
At Mildura Early Learning Centre, we provide an environment where both children and families feel safe, secure and supported. A place where partnerships and friendships can be formed and maintained, where trust and credibility can be built upon and upheld, and lines of communication are always open and valued.
Outdoor Play Spaces
Our inspired outdoor play spaces stimulate children's imagination, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and a sense of wonder. We have created sensory gardens, mud kitchens, herb and vegetable gardens, natural materials, a river creek bed, loose parts play and magical play spaces. We have carefully designed and planned spaces to encourage a stronger understanding of the environment and sustainability – while giving children the scope to explore, play and let their imaginations roam.
Our Community & Enrichment Programs
A major focus for our centre is how working with the broader community can help us enrich the children’s learning experience. Through visits to the centre as well as excursions and participation in community events, we are able to deepen the relationship between the centre and the community, while teaching the children about being a contributing and active member of society.
We invite you to come and take a look at our fabulous early learning centre and see our high quality centre first hand.
Our educational program, practices, policies and procedures are to a high standard for all our centres.
We provide early learning and care to children in the following classrooms:
Koala Classroom, 6 weeks to 18 months old
Wombat, Platypus & Kangaroo Classrooms, 12 months to 4 years old
3 to 4 1/2 years old
4 + years old
Alaska has been attending Mildura Early Learning Centre for 2 months, when she started we were apprehensive as we had a bad experience at another centre. Alaska was only 6 months when she started and we wondered how she would go being at care, three times a week. We attended the orientation days and absolutely fell in love with the Koala room and the centre itself. The staff are professional, caring and made us feel so welcome. Alaska loves going to care and has adjusted incredibly well, so much that she gets excited and starts smiling when we arrive, she is also always having a great time with the staff and other children when we arrive. Sometimes I think she would quite like to stay longer! The staff genuinely care and have made the whole experience stress free for us, we know that Alaska is being cared for by her second family.
Hello, my name is Megan Gooding and I have been the Centre Director since 2017 and Nominated Supervisor at Mildura Early Learning Centre since 2007. I have been in the early learning and child care industry since 2004 and I have an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
Megan Gooding – Centre Director
I am very passionate about the Reggio Emilia Approach. We tailor our curriculum to encourage learning and lay down strong foundations which are so vital in the early years. Our curriculum is designed to address the children’s interests and to develop their skills. Our programming format is unique and is designed to address key learning areas including social skills, language, maths, investigation, creative pursuits, fine and gross motor skills, sensory experiences, cultural experiences and environmental understanding. In addition to this it addresses the Outcomes as outlined in the Early Years Learning Frameworks.
I believe that each child is unique and learns and explores in his or her own way. Therefore, we encourage building on their own interests and strengths through scaffolding, mentoring and facilitating their learning and development. I believe that our centre truly captivates this and we ignite the endless possibilities of learning by embracing challenges and rejoicing in accomplishments through our various spaces, open-ended resources and our vibrant atmosphere.
The team I am fortunate to work with shares my passion for seeing children meet their potential. They are dedicated, professional, experienced and highly qualified. We invite you to come and visit our centre to meet our team and to see for yourself our commitment to your child’s early learning journey.
At Mildura Early Learning Centre, we offer a kindergarten program within our long day care program. Our kindergarten teachers are university qualified and provide a play-based emergent curriculum that supports your child in learning school readiness skills.Read More
Child Care Subsidies
We are an approved childcare operator and the Australian Government provides financial assistance to eligible families to help cover the cost of childcare. The childcare subsidies help eligible families reduce their weekly payments and make childcare more affordable. To find out more information about childcare subsidies, please contact Centrelink on 13 61 50 or see their website.Read More