About the ELC

About the ELC

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides our youngest students with a welcoming, nurturing and safe environment, which is designed to meet their needs and provide them with time, space and opportunities to explore the world and discover their unique place within it. Located on the Junior School campus, the ELC is a purpose-built facility, with design inspiration coming from the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The program offered is play and inquiry based, integrating the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP).

CGGS believes inherently in the value of high quality early childhood education. Accordingly, the ELC classes are staffed with individuals possessing specialist early childhood qualifications. Each class in the ELC has a university trained early childhood teacher and Level 4 co-educator. These staff members provide a sense of consistency and continuity of learning for the students in their class, and this stable staffing facilitates strong, positive relationships to be formed.

The ELC is co-educational and caters for children from three to five years of age, in two separate year levels. Reception is our first entry year, offering an educational program for children who are three to four years of age. Pre-Prep is the second year offered in the ELC, providing an educational program for children who are four to five years old. The ELC follows the Canberra Girls Grammar School annual calendar, with the school year commencing in February and concluding in December. For more information about term dates, please click here.

ELC entry at a glance:

Year level  Age requirement  Day options  Other requirements 

Children must be three, or turn three by 30 April in the year in which they commence Reception

*Children who turn three in February, March and April may only commence after their 3rd birthday.

Five days (Monday - Friday) or two days (Thursday and Friday) Fully toilet trained
Pre-Prep  Children must be four, or turn four by 30 April in the year in which they commence Pre-Prep  Five days (Monday - Friday) or three days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) Fully toilet trained 

ELC structure at a glance:

Reception and Pre-Prep educational programs  9.00am - 3.00pm (Term time only) 
Before School Care (booking required, additional fee applies) 

8.00am - 9.00am (Term time only) 

After School Care (booking required, additional fee applies) 3.00pm - 6.00pm (Term time only) 
Holiday Program (booking required, additional fee applies) 8.00am - 6.00pm during CGGS school holiday periods 

If you would like to find out more about our exceptional ELC, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.