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Smart Start Early Learning and Development Centre

Commitment to excellence in Early Childhood Education. 

Providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for children through the guidance of high quality curriculums fostering voice, choice and independence.

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Hours of operation

Monday - Friday: 6.30am - 6.30pm

Service closed on public holidays only.

Management Team

Our management team are approachable, committed and motivated. 

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Anna De Luca 

Co Director and Educational Leader

With over 20 years experience in leadership and education roles, Anna strives for excellence in her role. Anna is thoughtful, inspiring and loves a challenge!

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Oz Vinelli

Co Director 

Oz has a strong passion for building a team, positive energy and influencing others. Oz has an extensive background in Early Childhood that has provided foundation for her leadership roles across early learning services.

Team

We pride our diverse and dedicated team who are committed to ongoing professional learning and educational influence on children’s education. Our team strives for network and collaborate with internal and external communities, cultivating reciprocal partnerships across the service.

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Dedicated

Our team are dedicated in providing unique and individualised learning experiences and curriculums for all children. Our team foster the inclusion of children's voice and ownership to learning.

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Profressional

Our team perform at a standard that exceed expectations with professionalism and a strong work ethic. Our team are committed to the ongoing support, influence and nurture towards children, families and the community.

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Empowering

Our team focus on the exploration and participation of all children in learning experiences. Empowering children to make decisions and guiding growth through persistence and recognition.

Learning opportunities 

Smart Start ELDC fosters the connections with community to enhance the learning and development of all children. 

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Language Program

Language classes offered to all rooms one day a week through an external company. 
Language learnt across the service - Italian

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Bush Kinder 

Smart Start ELDC is proud to integrate their specialised Bush Kinder Program one day per week for children in their 3 and 4 year old kindergarten years. Encompassing the natural environment and its core value for holistic approach to education.

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Swimming Programs

Our Swimming Program is linked with a local swimming school. 
As part of our ongoing Healthy Together Achievement Program and School readiness approach to learning. 
Our swimming program supports children's foundation skills in; 
- Water safety 
- Entering and existing water 
- Lifesaving skills in water

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3 & 4 Kindergarten Programs

Our 3 & 4 Kindergarten programs operate Monday - Friday and lead by Qualified Bachelor trained Early Childhood Teachers. 
Programs are encompassed with STEAM education, Koorie Curriculum, VEYLDF and EYLF.

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Community Connections

Smart Start ELDC strives to network and connect with its internal and external communities; cultivating reciprocal partnerships across the whole service. 

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Always Hearing 

Supporting children from ages 3-5 to obtain hearing tests. Hearing tests are also offered and provided for adults connected to the service.

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Bell Lingua 

Italian language program offered to the community for early learning and primary school settings.

Smiling Minds 

Supporting children through guided mindfulness practices and activities.

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Healthy Together Achievement Program 

Creating a healthier environment for working and learning. The focuses on health areas like healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health and wellbeing. Smart Start ELDC has state-wide recognition across all health areas.

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Kids Foundation 

is a not-for-profit charity established in 1993 to make a difference in child safety, wellbeing, and injury recovery.

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Murdoch Children's Research Institute

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute is an Australian paediatric medical research institute located in Melbourne, Victoria, affiliated with the Royal Children's Hospital and the University of Melbourne.

Ivanhoe Speech Therapy 

Ivanhoe based speech therapy and speech pathology services specialising in selective mutism, stuttering, dyspraxia and literacy.

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Reconciliation 

We acknowledge the Woi wurrung people of the Kulin Nation on which land, waters and skies we meet.
We pay our respects to past, present and emerging first nation people.
Smart Start ELDC has an active and published Reconciliation Action Plan.

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Contact Us

Tour bookings are welcomed as scheduled tours or walk ins between 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday.

18-24 Grange Road, Alphington 3078

9497 2078

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