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Early Learning Centre (ELC)

Welcome to Bundaberg's leading Early Learning Centre, including Junior Room (age 2-3) Kindy (age 3-4), and Pre-Preparatory (age 4-5). Your child's education begins here with expert-designed, play-based learning.

Meet Catherine Donaldson, Director of the Early Learning Centre


Catherine holds a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies and is the mother of two, now-grown sons. She began her Preschool Education career in Ireland as owner of her own Day Care Centre for 13 years before moving to Australia. Upon moving to sunny Queensland, Catherine has continued her career and has held Director of Early Learning Centre positions for 16 years, ten of which have been at St Luke's Anglican School. 

Catherine is incredibly passionate about providing an inclusive learning environment through play-based learning, and the development of social and emotional skills in young children.  

For questions about the Early Learning Centre please contact Catherine:

Welcome to St Luke's Early Learning Centre (ELC)


St Luke's Anglican School's Early Learning Centre provides an inclusive learning environment for children which is offered each day in a play-based learning environment. The main goal and focus of the ELC throughout the year is to develop social and emotional skills through the learning journey. This is done through:

  • Collaborative Play Activities - encouraging children to participate, verbalise and have ownership over their learning environment
  • Sensory Play Activities - aiding in the strong development of fine-motor skills and excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Nature Play Activities - allowing a child to explore, discover and create 
  • Pre-school Technologies - offering additional ways to learn through shapes, colours, sounds and other means
  • Cultural & Multi-cultural Play Activities - offering new and unique learning experiences
  • Observational Play Activities - encouraging communication about what a child sees and thinks

St Luke's ELC facility is particularly well resourced, with modern IT facilities and large stage areas indoors, complimented with large grassed outdoor areas, an abundance of shaded space and magical play areas complete with a huge shaded sandpit, two large shaded play forts and a purpose-built bicycle track.

St Luke's Early Learning Centre has been officially rated as Exceeding by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. It also employs only the most qualified educators and maintains a superior educator-to-child ratio, ensuring only the highest levels of attentiveness, care and inspiration for not only your child, but for you as a parent or guardian as well.  

Programs, Opening Hours and Pricing

Standard Programs

St Luke's Anglican School's Early Learning Centre is licenced for 90 children and includes Junior care and learning (ages 2-3), Kindy care and learning (ages 3-4), and Pre-prep care and learning (ages 4-5). The ELC is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. The programs available to your family are:

  • Program One: Five days per week
  • Program Two: Three days per week (Monday to Wednesday)
  • Program Three: Two days per week (Thursday and Friday)

Costs of these programs include:

  • An application processing fee of $100 is payable upon submission of an enrolment application. At any time prior to submitting your form, you may cancel the enrolment process at no charge
  • An enrolment fee of $80 and a refundable enrolment deposit of $200 are payable upon acceptance of an Offer of Enrolment
  • Early Learning Centre cost is $86 per day for the Junior Room and $85 per day for the Kindy and Pre-prep rooms.

Note: These programs are supported by the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Rebate Scheme. 

Vacation Care

St Luke's Anglican School's Early Learning Centre offers a Vacation Care Program for children aged 3 to 12 years, during school holiday periods from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. The Vacation Care Program includes a wide variety of planned activities for all children.

Vacation Care should be booked by a parent or guardian for each school holiday period.

Cost of the Vacation Care Program is $86 per day for the Junior Room and $85 per day Kindy to Primary aged children.

Note: This program is supported by the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Rebate Scheme. 

Before and/or After School Care

St Luke's Anglican School's Early Learning Centre offers a Before and/or After School Care Program for children in Prep to Year 6 from 7:30am to 8:15am (before school) and from 3:00pm to 5:30pm (after school), Monday to Friday. 

The Before and/or After School Care Program works with parents and children to allow opportunities to discuss, plan and select activities in line with the child's interest. 

Cost of the Before and/or After School Care Program is $12 per morning and $18 per afternoon.

Note: Additional costs are incurred for late pick-up from After School Care .

Early Learning Centre Handbook

St Luke's Anglican School Early Learning Centre Handbook is a comprehensive booklet of everything you need to know about the ELC. To view or download your free copy, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click the download button. 

As an overview, the Early Learning Centre Handbook covers the following topics in detail:

  • The Early Learning Framework Curriculum
  • Daily programs and routines
  • Term dates and school calendar
  • Junior, Kindy and Pre-Prep information
  • Uniform information
  • Before and/or After School Care Program information
  • Vacation Care Program information
  • The vision, goals, philosophy and Statement of Commitment of the ELC
  • Fees and enrolments
  • Preparing your child's ELC requirements, including sun protection, lunchbox requirements, any medication, and other necessities to prepare your child for each day
  • Communication Plan between parents/guardians and the ELC
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