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Early Learning Association Australia

Early Childhood Education Foundation


We strive to ensure that children from families experiencing financial difficulties have access to a funded kindergarten program which will enhance their opportunities to succeed in life. 

The Early Childhood Education Foundation (ECEF) was established by Dr. Terry Nienhuys in 1997 with the purpose of providing funding to enable disadvantaged children to attend a kindergarten in their local area. Following this, Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) was appointed as the Trustee. Under ELAA’s management and the generosity of donors, philanthropic funds and businesses the ECEF has provided support to hundreds of families. 

There is an overwhelming body of Australian and International research that supports the critical importance of quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) to children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. The long-term benefits to the community and economy are also compelling. 

The need to access quality ECEC is even more acute for pre-school aged children deemed ‘vulnerable’. For many of these children, what happens in their preschool years sets them on a path for life. 

Why we need your help:

  • The ECEF helps to ensure that vulnerable children don’t miss out on kindergarten
  • With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing child vulnerability there’s a greater need to assist with alleviating the costs of kindergarten
  • The ages of 3 – 5 years old are considered ‘the sweet spot’ for reducing disadvantage in readiness for school it’s vital that a child’s kindergarten attendance is not disrupted 

Giving to the ECEF is not just about a child’s education, it is about their future. 

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Contact Details

3/145 Smith Street


Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.