The Buckets ELC Difference

The children, our families and our wonderful educator teams are so important to us. As a smaller, family operated service, we are able to build closer,  trusted and lasting bonds that enrich your child’s early years upbringing and guide them in becoming independent and confident learners.

Government Funded Programs

Our integrated Kindergarten programs are an outstanding part of our service with qualified teachers delivering them to the highest standard.


Our Nutrition Australia approved menus are prepared by in house chefs in amazing commercial kitchens.

Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Buckets ELC is an engaging and dynamic experience which promotes the holistic and authentic learning journey of every child.

We are a private family owned group

As a private operator, we are able to provide a unique and tailored touch to education and care for our community.

We are local and we support local

We are a strong part of our local communities, from sourcing local produce for our Kitchens, to our extensive excursion programs across all age groups and our relationships with community groups and local schools.

Enrichment Programs

We want our children to feel a part of the wider community and develop a deep understanding of the world around them. We are joined by weekly classes across our services that focus on music, physical movement and yoga. Our Kindergarten groups engage in weekly Bush Kinder sessions and all age groups have access to our Out and About excursion program. Our Educators enrich our educational program with a regular focus on creative arts, gardening, sustainability and healthy cooking experiences.

Long Term Educators

We are incredibly proud of our dedicated and committed Educator team. Many of our educators have been with us for several years and we continue to invest in our teams professional development and growth which in turn flows back to benefit our children and families.

Outdoor Learning Space

The outdoors are just as important as the indoors at Buckets Early Learning Centres and all children experience them through our indoor/outdoor flow programs.

Our curated outdoor environments mirror the indoors with areas to connect with nature, explore our senses, engage in creative experiences and test ourselves physically. Our outdoor environments are largely separated by children’s age allowing for a true continuation of the educational program, catered to each group individually across the whole environment.

As a Sun Smart centre there is natural and purpose built shade throughout the environment to ensure we are protected from the sun in warmer months.

Family values

We believe in a collaborative approach between families and our educators. Your participation and communication assists to create a positive link between your child’s home and our educational environment.

We work collaboratively with families in advancing children’s growth and development by:

  • building partnerships with families founded on mutual respect, trust, communication, and consultation
  • incorporating the beliefs, skills, interests, and values of families into our environment
  • creating a welcoming and culturally inclusive environment
  • encouraging families to participate in, and contribute to, their children’s learning and development.
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Our Centres

We have beautiful purpose built centres

At Buckets Early Learning Centre we have carefully designed and built our centres to provide the beautifully crafted spaces

Our commercial kitchens provide the ultimate cooking environment for our qualified chefs to create fresh, nutritious meals and snacks.
We are always re-investing in our centres to ensure you child has access to the best resources and natural environments to learn and grow.

We give back

It is our philosophy that all children should be afforded an opportunity to grow, learn and cultivate positive life experiences and so we support a number of charitable organisations aimed at helping improve outcomes for children. These include The Royal Children’s Hospital, The Smith Family, SIDS Australia and the Nappy Collective.

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The Royal Children’s Hospital

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SIDS and Kids

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The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal

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The Nappy Collective

Get a head start on your childs future

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