Early Learning

Campus Illustration by Sofie, ELC 2, 2021.

Early Learning Centre

St Michael’s Collegiate Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides a warm and welcoming start to your child’s educational journey.

Located on the green, cosy Junior School Campus in South Hobart, our Centre is staffed by an exceptional team of educators who value learning as an exciting and creative process.

Collegiate ELC holds an ‘Exceeding’ rating in all 7 areas of the National Quality Standard through the government-accredited assessment and rating system.

“We believe in providing a learning journey filled with unending possibilities. Our educationally rich program focuses on children’s individual interests to encourage their investigative and inquiry skills.
The design and delivery of our program is responsive to our current and contemporary world.
We believe that children are naturally inquisitive, a quality that drives their passion and determination to investigate the wonderful and the extraordinary.
Children are active participants in constructing their own knowledge through their interactions with others and the world around them.”

Early Learning centre Philosophy 2020-2021

The Collegiate ELC adopts a Reggio Emilia approach, which is designed to enrich learning in the formative years by immersing children in experience-based learning that stimulates their thirst for knowledge.

Catering for 2 to 4-year-old boys and girls, the Centre enjoys a warm village atmosphere with access to the Junior School facilities such as the tennis court, library, grassy oval, kitchen garden and flower patches, which are grown and maintained by the children.

The children also participate in unique nature walks along the Hobart Rivulet where they can engage in imaginative nature play and connect with their local community.

Our Early Learning Centre nurtures the learning and development of each child and family, providing a place for all to experience a sense of belonging.

Little Learning House

Our Little Learning House program welcomes children from birth to 4 years of age. The sessions are filled with play-based experiences, exploration and storytelling. The program is designed to offer parents practical support and insight into play-based learning, to build connections between families with young children and to support each child to begin their individual learning journey.

Our program provides a wonderful introduction to the Reggio Emilia inspired, experience-based learning approach adopted by Collegiate’s Early Learning Centre (ELC) and Kindergarten.

The program takes place at the ELC in Anglesea Street, South Hobart. The Centre is staffed by an exceptional team of early learning specialists, who value each child’s ideas, needs and thoughts in order to enhance a sense of belonging and to create a safe environment in which the children can play and learn simultaneously.

Little Learning House is a free program, open to boys and girls from birth to 4 years of age. Parents/guardians are required to supervise their children at all times.

The sessions are held fortnightly during term time. Our first session for 2023 will be held on Friday 17 February, the fortnightly thereafter during the school term. Please note, there will be no session at the end of Term 1, due to the Easter break. Term 2 sessions will recommence on Friday 5 May.

Sessions run from 9.15am – 10.15am.

For more information, feel free to contact our Early Learning Centre on (03) 6211 4953, or via email elc@collegiate.tas.edu.au

Early Learning Snapshots

All Snapshots

Early Leaning Children playing in Puddles in Raincoats


Early Learning Centre students splashing about on campus. What fun!