Celebrating 10 years of early childhood education

Bambou Early Learning Centre, Glen Waverley is celebrating 10 years of providing a quality ‘play based’ curriculum in a nurturing, child-focused aesthetically pleasing environment.

A family owned business, Bambou ELC was founded by Haritsa Xenidis and her husband, John, in early 2009 and is an exceeding rated early childhood centre catering for babies through to five-year-olds. The centre caters for 79 children on a daily basis and operates Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6pm every week except the Christmas-New Year period.

Haritsa has been working within the early childhood sector for over 25 years. She had previously managed an early learning centre and has taught at Holmesglen Institute and prior to opening Bambou worked as a Children Services Adviser at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The ambience at Bambou is bright and modern with a variety of learning environments and play space. The architecturally designed centre includes children’s rooms filled with natural light and a landscaped natural outdoor playground that provides for endless opportunities of interaction, discovery and learning through play. The

centre was extended two years ago to include an additional two kindergarten rooms. The

centre offers a ‘funded’ kindergarten program integrated within the long day care, which provides flexibility for many families and has a high ratio of qualified educators including early childhood teachers in its three kindergarten classes.

Curriculum areas such as literacy, numeracy, music, engagement with nature, arts, STEM (science, technical engineering and mathematics) and a well-being program are incorporated into Bambou’s intentional teaching and pedagogical practice. " Smallgroup sizes are conducive to quality early learning experiences,” Haritsa said. "The children at Bambou are viewed as active learners and the focus of learning is from the children’s perspective as we provide opportunities for them to learn through play as they practice life skills, role play, investigate and construct meaning about their community and the wide world.


Debbie,  Janine,  John and Haritsa from Bambou Early Learning Centre

“Promoting relationships between children and educators that are respectful, positive, constructive and rich are the core of our philosophy.

“We are culturally diverse and value taking part in different cultural celebrations within our Bambou family community and teach the children about diversity, culture and our indigenous and Australian heritage.”

Haritsa said that a strong relationship between Bambou families, the local community and the vibrant Pinewood Shopping Village had been established through the years.

“We have close links with our local Traders including regular visits to Pinewood Quality Nursery, excursions to the Village, weekly visits from a doctor at Waverley Family Healthcare and learning about the important role people in our community have,” she said.

Bambou conduct fundraising drives to support causes such as the Biggest Morning Tea, World’s Greatest Shave, Jeans for Genes Day and any other causes close to our families’ hearts.

“We support our local Bakers Delight by having a Hot Cross Bun fundraiser and raise funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal each year at Easter,” Haritsa said. 

For further information on the Bambou Early Learning Centre phone 9886 6563 or email info@bambouelc.com.au