We are better together.

Our approach

Good partners do what they say, are fair and reasonable, and understand who they are. We strive for this in our partnerships with local and state governments, peak bodies, transdisciplinary partners, and other organisations.

Our partners

Local Governments

We partner with local governments in the communities we serve. We collaborate on session modelling to accommodate family needs. This ensures that families have equitable access to places in sessional kindergarten throughout the enrolment process.

The Alannah & Madeleine Foundation (AMF)

AMF is our professional development partner in building trauma-informed practice and well-being capability. This support is available to families, educators and children. AMF works with ECMS at a universal service delivery level and in a targeted and intensive way when needed.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE)

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is our professional development partner for implementing CLASS, an internationally accredited program that measures the effectiveness of educator interactions with children.


Melbourne City Mission

Melbourne City Mission (MCM) is our partner for coordinating our access to a suite of allied health professionals from speech pathologists to occupational therapists used for our School Readiness Funding program. MCM provides learning opportunities, resources and coaching to our early childhood teaching teams.

Dr Katherine Bussey, Infant and Toddler Practice Specialist

Dr Katherine Bussey is our expert resident in practice, working directly within infant and toddler rooms to upskill infant and toddler care and education practice. Dr Bussey also provides induction for all educators working in ECMS services with children birth to 3.

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

Because our ECMS pedagogical framework privileges deep learning about place-based pedagogy, ECMS is currently undertaking a body of work on the Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood Education. Dr Red Ruby Scarlet and The Brotherhood of St Laurence academically mentor this work within ECMS.

Want to partner with us?

ECMS welcomes potential partnership opportunities. Get in touch today.

    ECMS acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands on which we live, learn, work and play. Aboriginal people have a long tradition of teaching and learning through sharing their connections with country, community, language and culture. We recognise their continuing connection to the country, and we pay respects to elders past and present.