Dorset Early Learning & Kindergarden

Dorset Early Learning & Kindergarten is a family run Service, located on Dorset Rd in Croydon. Mel, our Service Director along with our Qualified Educators are committed to providing a safe, supportive, fun and educational environment for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years. Our curriculum incorporates the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) with programs that are based on children’s current interests to help foster social/emotional development, creativeness, motor development, cognitive development and independence through PLAY.

Our Curriculum


Dorset Early Learning & Kindergarten is a family run service, providing play based programs for all children, an environment that incorporates both inside and outside learning. Our service is a Sunsmart centre with large, shaded areas for the children to play in all year round. A community garden with chickens, vegetable gardens, bush tucker garden. Composting and worm farms to help support their learning of caring for our environment.


Our team of Qualified Educators thrive on building strong and respectful relationships with our children and their families to help support the most important first 5 years of their lives.

Children & Families

Dorset Early Learning provides an environment for both children and their families to feel safe and secure. Our educators are committed to ensuring each child has a feeling of belonging and families are provided with regular up to date communication about their child’s daily routines and learning opportunities.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual walk-through Dorset Early Learning & Kindergarten. Start from our entrance and walk your way through our foyer into our Kinder room, butterfly room and caterpillar while also taking a wonder through our amazing large natural outside play areas.

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What our families are saying about us!

“The incredible staff at Dorset ELK have been caring for our kids for over 4 years now and we could not ask for better carers educators, mentors and role models for our children. Mel leads an amazing team of educators who really care and go above and beyond to ensure that all of the children’s needs are met, be it educational, emotional, physical or anything in between. It is such a wonderful community atmosphere and everyone is so friendly and easy to talk to. The educators are happy to receive feedback and adjust to what is best for you and your children and are a such a wealth of knowledge. It has been such a wonderful experience watching our children grow and develop under their care and guidance. We love the Dorset family and couldn’t recommend them higher.”

-  Maddy W -

“Our child has been enrolled in the Dorset early learning centre for more than a year now and the whole team at the centre have been absolutely fantastic! Starting from the initial days of orientation and through the tough CoVID times the staff have always had the childrens’ best interest at the core of everything they do. 
Our son wakes up every morning looking forward to his time at the centre and that speaks volumes for the care he receives while he is there. We find that the centre has a very good program including various age appropriate activities for babies and toddlers!
I highly recommend Dorset early learning centre, we have had nothing but positive experiences there. Thank you Mel and the team!!”

- Ash and Venkat -

“I highly recommend this centre. All the educators are approachable, caring and helpful. A very friendly atmosphere.”

- Klara -

“Dorset Early Learning and Kindergarten is such a warm and friendly environment. The educators are professional and get to know the individual needs of each child. They warmly welcome each child every day and are so inviting to families as well.
We hit the absolute jackpot when it came to finding a childcare service. We love their love of the outdoors, the way they encourage the children in regards to sustainable living and living off the land and to enjoy playing outside in the fresh air.
Would highly recommend Dorset Early Learning and Kindergarten.”

- Maddi C -

“We highly recommend Dorset Early Learning & Kindergarten. Our daughter comes home with a big smile after having so much fun there. Mel and all of the staff are nurturing of all of the children’s emotional and social needs whilst providing a safe, stimulating and fun program. We wouldn’t consider anywhere else for our family. ”

- Louise G -