7.30AM – 6PM

St John’s Grammar Early Learning Centre

St John’s Grammar Early Learning Centre (ELC) is an entry point to St John’s Grammar School and provides Montessori-based education programs for 3 and 4 year olds, delivered by qualified teachers. Our aim is to ensure each child thrives in an enriched learning environment that inspires individual curiosity, exploration and creativity.

The ELC is located in a picturesque bushland setting with views across the city of Adelaide and coastline.  Our students experience the joy of learning in a beautiful and peaceful natural environment shared by native koalas, kookaburras, parrots and geckos.

Tours and Enrolment

To arrange a personal tour of the Early Learning Centre or to enquire about enrolling your child, please contact our Director of Enrolments, Tim Wilson, at enrolments@stjohns.sa.edu.au or on 8278 0210.

The Early Learning Centre Program

The St John’s Grammar Early Learning Centre offers full-day sessions, Monday – Friday, for both our 3 year-old and 4 year-old programs.

The ELC is open from 7.30am to 6pm each day, with the Montessori-based curriculum being delivered by qualified teachers between 9am and 3.15pm.

We offer a simple, full-day booking option, on the days that suit you between Monday and Friday, and the number of days that suit you between two and five per week. Your booking preferences can be updated each semester if necessary, in line with any changes to your personal circumstances.

We understand that families have a range of commitments in their lives, and this allows for greater opportunities and flexibility in accessing the ELC’s offerings around these commitments. This also provides the opportunity for our students to spend additional time working within our Montessori based ELC curriculum.

To enhance our services to families, we also offer an ELC Vacation Care program that is specific to our 3 and 4 year-old students, separate to our existing Junior School Vacation Care program. This can be booked on a casual, needs basis for each child.

The ELC offers an outstanding curriculum and service to your children, in an intimate group setting, delivered by fully qualified teachers.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Registrar, Tim Wilson at registrar@stjohns.sa.edu.au or on 8278 0210.

Daily Fees and Child Care Subsidy

The ELC charges a daily fee of $120 per child. This includes the Montessori-based curriculum program, and allows access to the Centre anytime between 7.30am and 6pm on the day of booking.

As an approved child care provider, the St John’s Grammar ELC provides families with an opportunity to claim the Child Care Subsidy, which provides families with financial assistance towards the costs of child care. More information on eligibility and assistance is available from the Australian Government here.

ELC accounts are generated through our Finance team and billed weekly in arrears.


The ELC uniform is designed for warmth and comfort.  Items of clothing include shorts, t- shirt, tracksuit and rugby top which can be continued to be worn in the Junior School.  For more information about where to purchase and the uniform price list click here.


St John’s Grammar ELC is located on an acre of natural bushland grounds at 31-33 Sheoak Road, Belair, 15 minutes from the centre of Adelaide.

Learning Early Series

St John’s Grammar invites all parents of young children to view our Learning Early Series.  Hosted by Psychologist Jodie Benveniste, the series provides answers to common questions and information to guide you through the joys and challenges of parenting young children.