About us

ELAA is the national peak body championing excellence in early learning for children and supporting parents and service providers.

For over 30 years Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) has been working with parents and early learning providers toward a shared vision of excellence in early learning for every child.

Support services

ELAA has developed a grass roots understanding of the value and challenges presented by early childhood education. We share our members’ passion for delivering excellence in early learning to children before they commence school, and we help them to do this by providing professional support and resources on a wide range of matters including:

  • effective governance
  • industrial relations
  • best practice management
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Professional Development
  • Road Safety Education


Through our advocacy work ELAA provides a voice for parents and service-providers alike; a voice that is clearly heard and respected by policy makers, thanks to our understanding of government, relationships with early learning sector stakeholders, and our advocacy experience. We work with members, peak bodies, Commonwealth, State and local governments, and other stakeholders to promote and support quality, accessibility and affordability of early childhood services.


ELAA’s diverse membership base represents over 1300 early childhood education and care providers including:

  • Early Years Managers
  • independent kindergartens
  • long day care services
  • integrated services
  • local governments
  • government and independent schools
  • out of school hours care services