Early Learning Centre

A spirit of joy underpins everything we do.

Just opened in 2024, Wilderness School's new Early Learning Centre is defined by engaging and beautiful learning spaces where our smallest girls are empowered to be their best. Our proven and globally-influenced approach integrates play-based learning in a thoughtfully constructed environment inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia.

Wilderness girls are encouraged to follow their interests and actively engage in their education—finding joy in thinking independently and creatively, embracing challenges and working collaboratively.

Nature Play

In the heart of North Adelaide, it offers incredible nature play opportunities including a purpose-built cubby house, mud laboratory (think outdoor play kitchen) and a chicken coop.

A Head Start

For most of our girls, ELC is the beginning of a lifelong journey at Wilderness. Our ELC girls form close friendships and have a strong sense of belonging. They see themselves as 'Wildy girls' from the start.

The modern Annexe boasts double doors opening onto more green space – with soaring ceilings and abundant light it is perfect for yoga, music and physical education, all delivered by specialist teachers from the Junior School — a rare offering for an ELC.

Following ELC, girls move into the Lower Junior School, which is currently being developed as part of our Stage 2 Masterplan. Discover more here.

Taking her first step into the Wilderness

Your daughter may begin her early learning journey in the Mamie Brown House in the year that she turns 3, as long as her birthday falls before 30 June in the respective year. If your daughter turns 3 years of age after this date, she will commence in the following year.

In the following year, the children move through to the Annie Brown House. This is the year prior to commencing school.

If you would like to learn more about our Early Learning Centre please email Natalie Klein, Academic Registrar. Alternatively, we invite you to register your interest.