our educators

our greatest asset is our educators who share our love of children and comittment to providing excellence in childcare education


gilly klein, Director

It started with one little red cart and a backyard in Melbourne’s East St Kilda.  Gilly is the heart and soul of this childcare centre. For over 30 years, Gilly has dedicated herself to providing a home away from home for young children. By 2008 the demand for places outgrew Gillys and she moved her family out of the centre to create the thriving place of learning, play and love it is renowned for today.

about our educators

“To ensure the highest standards of care, staff rosters are founded on the principle that children need to feel safe and secure in their environment to explore and learn effectively. We pay the utmost attention to employing qualified and experienced educators who share our philosophy”

  •  All educators are dedicated early childhood professionals, holding current WWC and relevant qualification certificates.

  • Each group is directed by a qualified educator who is ably assisted by a team of either qualified assistants or those undertaking a childcare traineeship.
  • Our educators are actively encouraged to continue to undertake relevant formal studies and ongoing professional development.
  • We provide regular external professional development opportunities for our team on topics such as play-based learning, standards in care and leadership. 
  • Most of our educators are First Aid and Anaphylaxis trained.
  • We have our own regular relief educators to ensure as much continuity of care as possible.

  • Part-time and casual educators are employed to cover breaks, preparation time, in-services, meetings and any days off.

  • Educator levels often exceed the minimum required by State Legislation.

  • Gilly’s ELC is a recognised host training organisation to students from many universities and colleges. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with many of them. 

work with us

We believe consistency and continuity is a vital component of quality care. Our centre enjoys a reputation for employing long-standing educators who make our home, their home. If you want to join our home, we are always looking for more dedicated  people to join our passionate and outstanding team.

Train with us

Training and education is an important part of our centre. We welcome all looking for inspiration and guidance in their Early Childhood careers.

Please get in touch to do a student placement with us.