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Smart Start Early Learning and Development Centre

Committed 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.

Smart Start Early Learning and Development Centre is proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of these lands and waters on which we learn and live. 

Management Team

Our management team are approachable, committed and motivated. 


Oz Vinelli

Centre Director 

With over 10 years experience Oz has a strong dedication for team building, 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.


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.



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.



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.



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.

Looking to work in a team that is respectful, supportive and inspiring? Work with us to flourish in your career with new opportunities, growth and embrace a new challenge with us!

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Learning opportunities 

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


Language Program

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


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


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.


Community Connections

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


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.


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.


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.


Kids Foundation 

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


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.



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.


Smart Start Early Learning and Development Centre are proud to have received state-wide recognition in all 6 health priority areas in the Healthy Together Achievement Program. 

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  • What happens if my child is absent?
    Inform the service directly to their nominated email address or service contact number. Enrolments are still deemed payable with the amount being your approved gap fee. Illness absences for children; families are encouraged to obtain a medical certificate to apply for CCS application should their allowable absences be exceeded.
  • Do I pay for public holidays if its my usual enrolment day?
    Yes. The amount payable is estimated at your usual gap fee payment per usual enrolment day.
  • What's the orientation process at Smart Start ELDC?
    Our orientation process is unique and individualised to families providing them with a process that caters to both the parent/s and child/ren respectfully. Please contact the service directly on to seek more information and how our process can support you and your child through orientation.
  • How do I apply for CCS?
    Head to the following website - Families will need to obtain a Customer Reference Number (CRN) for both the parent 1 lodged in Centrelink and a Customer Reference Number (CRN) for your child.
  • What is the 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten hours?
    At Smart Start ELDC our 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten is structured Monday - Friday between 9am - 3pm. Prior and beyond these times, the service continues to provide a learning environment in the same environment that caters the abilities, emerging interests and school readiness approach to learning.
  • Can I pick up Casual Bookings at Smart Start ELDC?
    All families are welcomed to book casual days for their child outside of their usual ongoing enrolment booking days. Casual booking enrolments are booked via an email to the services' nominated email address with the amount payable to the service via the families usual payment method of choice.
  • Is there a minimum day requirement at Smart Start ELDC?
    Smart Start ELDC have carefully considered the wellbeing and ongoing learning development for children within the centre. Smart Start ELDC has adapted a 2 day minimum requirement as part of the service enrolment policy. Enrolments for funded 4 year old Kindergarten requires a 3 day minimum enrolment.

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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