Our Centre

We’re proud to have been providing high-quality Kindergarten to the Eltham community for over 60 years!

Our programs are delivered by nurturing and qualified educators in a bright, welcoming and inspiring playroom, and two beautiful outdoor play areas.

We balance a warm sense of community, joyful learning, independent thinking and creativity in a sustainable, natural environment.

Our playgrounds are large and leafy with lots of shade, providing numerous areas for your child to explore, discover and be creative. Special features include a bike track, a large covered sandpit with deck, a bridge and river (fed by our own tank water) and our ever popular fire engine.

Open Day

Saturday 17th February 2024
10.00am – 1.00pm

Eltham Preschool proudly displays the Kinder Tick to help families feel confident that our program is recognised as a funded kindergarten program and:

  • Is led by qualified staff
  • Children benefit from play-based learning
  • The kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • Our program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework

Eltham Preschool

907 Main Road
Eltham, VIC, 3095

Tel: (03) 4329 0434

Email: eltham@ykinders.org.au

NQS Exceeding Logo Victorian Approved Kinder Tick

3 & 4 Year Old
Kinder Programs

We offer high quality free 3 and 4 year old play-based kindergarten programs.


We value the outdoor environment and believe that children benefit from experiencing seasonal changes, opportunities for physical development and play in a garden. 


Excursions, incursions and community interaction are a regular part of our program. Venturing out into the local area allows children to explore the world around them, and feel a part of a community.


We provide a multicultural curriculum, which includes celebrating a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Families are encouraged to share their values, skills and traditions to enrich children’s learning.


Our 4 year old program attends Bush Kinder each week, at a nature site in our local community. Whatever the weather, children spend periods of unstructured time playing, exploring and learning! 

Safeguarding Children
and Young People

We pride ourselves on our commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people, providing safe and fun environments for children to flourish.


Our Preschool’s philosophy guides our teaching and approach to early learning. It is informed by the National Quality Framework and underpins all our service’s operations and daily practices.
For more details, please ask us for a copy of our Philosophy Statement.

The Y has been delivering Early Learning Programs for over 20 years and is passionate about creating safe, fun, educational environments where children can thrive. At the Y, we believe in the power of inspired young people and we feel there is no better time to begin inspiring than in an Early Learning program!

Enrolment & Session Information

Eltham Preschool’s registration process is managed centrally through the Shire of Nillumbik’s Central Applications and is supported by the Y Kinders’ enrolment team who will provide information and support on any queries relating to your child’s enrolment.

We operate free 4 year old and 3 year old kindergarten programs as mixed age group on the days and times below:

3 & 4 Year Old Kindergarten

Blue Group – Mixed-age Group (2024)

Day Time
Tuesday  8.30am – 2.30pm
Thursday  8.30am – 2.30pm
Friday  9.15am – 12.15pm

For additional support on your child’s enrolment, contact our enrolment team:

  • Call us on 03 4311 1500
  • Email us at earlyyears@ykinders.org.au
  • Chat to us using the contact form on this page

Parent Info

We understand that starting kindergarten can be a big step for your child and your family.

From choosing and visiting a service, through to enrolling, orientation and anticipating the important first day, these all form the path to your child commencing at kindergarten.


Enrolment Assistance

To commence the enrolment process, please register with the Shire of Nillumbik using the links on this page.

For assistance or further information, please fill in the form below.

The Y acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and future.

View our full Commitment Statements here .

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