Opening April 2024

Starfish Early Learning Centre Essendon is built upon a community of learners

Discover Essendon's premier state-of-the-art early learning centre – an inviting space designed to enhance your child’s development. Our newest early learning centre will offer your child unparalleled opportunities to learn, develop, grow, and experience.

Newest Starfish Centre

Starfish ELC Essendon is a well-designed centre offering seven rooms catering to children of various age groups. Each room is purposefully tailored to meet the unique developmental needs of the children within that age range. This design allows for age-appropriate activities, resources, and learning opportunities that foster holistic growth and development.

Outdoor play areas

The children have access to three outdoor yards – level 1, level 2 and level 3, each specifically designated for various age groups. Our dedicated spaces offer exploration and play, fostering age-appropriate interactions and physical activities. Our days are filled with indoor and outdoor learning and playtime.

Sustainable practice teachings

The centre plans to establish vegetable gardens for hands-on learning, utilising worm farms to teach composting and reduce food waste. We plan on embracing the local environment, with weekly nature walks along Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Five Mile Creek. Of course this will be optional for all families and your enrollment pack will contain more information.

Our Essendon Early Learning Centre gives your child the freedom to explore, discover, and grow.

Located on Melfort Ave, our Essendon centre comprises seven rooms, specifically designed for each age group to provide safe and stimulating learning environments for children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten.

At Starfish ELC, we understand the profound impact that the early years have on a child’s future, and our commitment is reflected in the creation of safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environments.
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0 - 3 years program

We strive to provide a play-based curriculum that encourages learning in all developmental domains. Learning opportunities we provide include sensory experiences, construction, imaginative play, music and movement.

  • We offer extracurricular experiences with experts in physical education, arts, indigenous culture, and animals
  • Tailored for safety and developmental challenges, our facilities for babies and toddlers encourage appropriate risks while ensuring their well-being.

3-5 years funded kindergarten program

Our funded kindergarten Essendon program draws on multiple highly regarded early learning philosophies, combining them with incursions by experts in fields such as physical education, animals, dance and indigenous culture.

  • Our educators hold bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education, implement an approved educational program incorporating diverse approaches and theorists.
  • Starfish promotes child development through a relational approach, ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and enriching learning environment.
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Meet the Team


Tonii Tran

Managing Director

Kera Degenhardt

Operations Manager

Samantha Jacobs

Essendon Centre Director

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Essendon centre will be open five days a week, Monday to Friday, from 7am to 6pm.

Our Essendon Centre features three outdoor yards, each specifically designed for different age groups, and an outdoor vegetable garden and worm farm, which children will participate in running to learn the value of sustainability.
The centre is located next to Strathmore train station, making it a perfect choice for families that take public transport to work.

Get Started With Starfish!

Contact our team to learn more or secure your child’s place at Starfish today!