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Elsie Ey Children's centre offers a quality play-based educational programme designed and delivered by qualified teachers using the National Curriculum Framework. 

Currently the Federal Government provides 15 hours of universal access for preschool children. If your child turns 4 before May 1st, they can start preschool on the first day of term 1 in that year. If your child turns 4 on, or after May 1st, they can start preschool on the first day of term 1 the following year.

In some circumstances children may be eligible to begin preschool earlier. Aboriginal children and children under the guardianship of the Minister are eligible to begin preschool earlier at 3 years of age. Children of families where a parent is serving the Australian Defence Force are eligible to commence preschool if their 4th Birthday is on or before July 31st.

From February 2017 parents or guardians are requested to provide evidence of their child's immunisation status upon enrolling their child.

Preschool operates from Monday to Friday during school term. Elsie Ey Children's Centre at present offers two full-day patterns of attendance with children attending at the beginning of the week on Monday, Tuesdays and alternate Wednesdays OR the end of the week on Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays. The preschool day begins at 9:00am and finishes at 3:00pm. Parents/carers are asked to pack a snack, lunch and water bottle for their children. More information can be found by downloading our Parent Information Booklet (678 KB Adobe).

Elsie Ey Children's Centre has a Priority of Access Policy (235 KB Adobe).
Families living in the Hewett, Willaston, Roseworthy and surrounds have priority of access. A placement at Elsie Ey Children's Centre does not automatically guarantee a placement at Hewett Primary School. Please complete the
Preschool Enrolment Registration Form (271 KB Adobe). If you would like to register your interest in your child attending the centre. Completed forms can be returned by email, fax, post or in person.

Inclusive Preschool Programme (IPP)

Elsie Ey Children's Centre offers an Inclusive Preschool Programme (IPP) with places available for 12 children who meet the DECD IPP eligibility criteria. IPP's support children with disability and high support needs to optimise their learning outcomes within a localised preschool setting.

The programme provides families with a preschool education option for their child that is both local and has specialised educational expertise.

Further information about the IPP, eligibility and the process for making an application can be found in our brochure. 2017 IPP pamphlet. (234 KB Adobe)

Referral forms can be downloaded here (391 KB) along with the Consent to Share Information (22 KB Adobe) form should the panel need to seek further information from external service providers. These forms can returned to the centre in person or by post.

Please contact the centre should you have further enquiries.


Playgroup provides an interactive and fun opportunity for children and parents to play and learn together. Playgroups at Elsie Ey Children's centre are supported by qualified professionals to provide support, information and advice regarding children's health, learning and development.

Our centre currently offers an infant playgroup for parents of children aged up to 18 months to encourage their children to explore, engage in and develop new skills through play. This group is supported by our Occupational Therapist and Community Development Coordinator.

More information about playgroups and other programmes on offer can be found at What's happening? (162 KB Adobe).