Their best start

It is a tremendous privilege to be entrusted with the learning and development of your young child.

For many of our students, our Early Learning Centre is where their first experiences with the School begin.

Adjoining the Junior School, the ELC is a co-educational haven for our youngest learners aged 3 to 5 years. It offers an inclusive and captivating atmosphere, emphasising wellbeing and inquiry-based play, thoughtfully curated within indoor and outdoor environments.

Our inclusive program, guided by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and the Early Years Learning Framework, fosters curiosity and collaboration through play-based activities.

The close proximity of the ELC to the Junior School enables your child to regularly visit the Junior School for specialist teaching, play, and learning sessions in music, physical activity in the Sports Centre and storytime in the library.

At Walford, we believe in strong partnerships with families. Our dedicated staff focus on wellbeing and provides regular updates on your child's progress.

Our staff tailor programs for each developmental stage to ensure a holistic approach to education.

To provide the greatest benefit and a sense of continuity, children enrolled in the Adamson 3-year-old Program attend at least two days per week, while the minimum enrolment for children in the Dowie 4-year-old Program is three days per week.

Girls in our 4-year-old Program receive an invitation to transition to either the 18-month Mid-Year Reception Program or the 12-month Reception Program. Starting in either July or January of each year, these programs reflect each child’s readiness for her next stage of learning at Walford.


Join our community for weekly playgroup sessions starting at 6 months old, and discover the pathway to a bright future with Walford’s ELC.

Extended Care

We are committed to supporting our families to thrive amidst their busy lives.

Our ELC learning day runs from 8.15am to 3.15pm, with extended care available for families who may need longer or more flexible hours, from 7.30am to 6.00pm.

Our Out of School Hours Program and flexible holiday programs are supported by the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) license all year round. Families who only wish to attend the ELC during term time will not be charged during school holidays.

Families are also welcome to take advantage of ordering their child's lunch through our Fig Tree Café.

Explore the Junior School

Facilitating a seamless journey from the ELC to the School, girls in our 4-year-old program are warmly welcomed in our Walford Junior School when they are ready to commence Reception.