Who we are

Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) has been providing high quality and inclusive early learning and care for Melbourne children, families and communities for more than 20 years. Our almost 70 kindergartens and childcare centres now touch the lives of 6500 children across Melbourne each week. 

Each of our kindergartens and childcare centres is designed to reflect the needs of its local community and families. This ensures children and families get the most out of the time in their ECMS early learning and care centre. And while each of our centres is unique, at every ECMS kindergarten and childcare centre you will find:
  • high-quality play-based educational programs designed around children's interests and developmental needs
  • highly qualified and dedicated educators who work in close partnership with families to maximise children's learning outcomes before school
  • safe and stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments filled with plenty of natural resources to support children's learning
  • strong ties to the local community to enhance children's social connections and sense of belonging. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, it is our mission, vision and values that guide our work each day. 

Our mission

To create opportunities for children, parents and communities to discover and realise their potential.

Our vision

A community where every child has the opportunity to be their best and where every parent, family and community is enriched by the experience of their child’s learning

Our values


We value and nurture the uniqueness of each child and the diversity of each community in designing inclusive services.


We respect the primary role of parents and caregivers and encourage their involvement in our services.

Learning and enrichment

We provide parents, families and communities with access to resources and opportunities so that they can focus on connectedness, learning and enrichment.


Our services are embedded and connected within the communities we serve across Melbourne.


Our services are responsive to the specific needs of the children and communities we serve.


We are a trusted partner with parents, communities, business and other services in responding to need.

More information

Learn more about enrolling your child in an ECMS centre

Learn more about joining our network of quality early learning centres

Discover the benefits of working with ECMS