Beginning the Journey

Inquiry can be wordless. It is a silent interaction of thought, knowledge and creation of new (and often untried) hypotheses. The most meaningful and powerful form of inquiry is…play.

Welcome to Walford's Early Learning Centre

The Walford Early Learning Centre is open 48 weeks per year. Eligible families can access the Australian Government Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Click here for more information.

Staffed by our talented and dedicated staff lead by the Centre Director, Ms Charmaine Brooks overseeing the high quality educational offering that our early learners enjoy.

At Walford your child will embark on an amazing journey towards school. It starts in a Playgroup session for toddlers held every Friday morning during school terms - a wonderful social interaction for both children and families.

A specialised pre-school, Adamson Program commences at 3 years old with a sessional program for girls and boys who attend a minimum of 2 sessions and build to 4 days per week.

The Dowie Program for 4 year olds is tailored for children who are ready for 5 or more sessions per week. Children transition into Chewings, a mid-year Reception Ready Program specifically tailored to prepare children for school.

My Best Start

The Walford Early Learning Centre (Adamson Centre) is located adjacent to Walford’s Junior School. 

Our location provides access to the learning resources of the School. The superb Walford Sports Centre, the Library, play spaces, music facilities and specialist teachers enrich and extend the learning environment.

The 4 to 5 year old children work with the French language through the Early Language Learning Australia (ELLA) program. They build and perfect a repertoire of French words, sentences, sounds and songs through a play-based language learning experience.

STEM experiences are flourishing in the ELC through the Little Scientists program. Children are introduced to a wide variety of science experiments and technology including coding and robotics. 

ELC staff and children also share in the special events enjoyed by the Walford School Community, which helps provide a seamless transition into Reception.

Supporting Parents of Young Children

Walford run a series of informative parenting seminars, which are open to the community. These sessions are presented by leading experts and have covered areas such as starting school and confident communication in young children.

Enrolments and Further Information

Click here to book a tour of the Walford Early Learning Centre, or contact our Director of Admissons, Ms Libby Emery on 08 8373 4062 or email:

Click here to view our quick guides to each program. 

316 Unley Road Hyde Park, South Australia 5061
Telephone: +61 8 8272 6555  |  Facsimile: +61 8 8272 0313

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