ABOUT USWe Understand Your Childcare Needs

Providing the Best Environment for Your Child

We are privileged to be trusted by hundreds of families throughout regional Victoria. We are here to help ensure children have the very best opportunities in life.

Bringing the Highest Quality in Early Learning


A Home Away
from Home

Inspired Learning

Supportive and
Nurturing Educators

Spacious Indoor &
Outdoor Environments

Community Spirit


The right way of learning

Jenny’s ELC’s philosophy is simple. Learning is a part of the fun! We want each of our children to develop and learn in an environment that encourages them to have fun and explore their interests.

THE PILLARSLearning is part of the fun

Our Educators

Our educators assist our children to develop their skills and understanding, helping them to learn about their responsibilities to others and to the community – valuing teamwork and collaboration. We are committed to equity and believe in each child’s capacity to succeed.

Our Community

We ensure that each child experiences sharing and learning with others in a range of environments to develop a positive sense of identity, and experience respectful, responsive relationships that strengthens their interests and skills as they learn to be active contributors to their world.

Our Children

We believe that as children grow, they develop personal interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world. It is important for each child to undertake this process at their own pace, discovering new interests and skills through undertaking diverse and stimulating activities.

Our Families

We build respectful collaborative relationships, placing importance on each family’s expertise, culture and beliefs. We welcome families to be active participants in their child’s learning and well-being and pride ourselves on our ability to communicate freely and openly with our families.

MEET OUR TEAMInspiring and passionate

Our passionate team of educators bring enthusiasm and excitement to the Early Childhood sector. Our Educators work collaboratively to challenge and learn from each other, using their strengths to develop and support high quality learning programs for each child.

Meet the leaders of our team!

Jaylea Stone

Epsom Centre Director

Lynne Earl

Maiden Gully Centre Director

Mikaela Johnson

Strathfieldsaye Centre Director

Norman Law

Bendigo Hospital Centre Director

Kirstie Yeomans

Heathcote Centre Director

Lesley Aspland

The Arch Centre Director

Become a part of Jenny’s ELC

At Jenny’s ELC, we are committed to providing an engaging environment for not only our children, but for our educators as well. We believe that the right people, no matter their qualifications can grow, learn and make a difference in people’s lives.

If you are an experienced Early Childhood professional, or someone who is looking for a rewarding and dynamic career with us, apply to join the team today. We are biased but we think Jenny’s ELC educators are the best!

Our Centres

Jenny’s ELC has 7 locations, hosting state of the art facilities that meet the unique developmental needs of every child.

Jenny's ELC The Arch
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Jenny's ELC Bendigo
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Jenny's ELC Epsom
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Jenny's ELC Heathcote
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Jenny's ELC Maiden Gully
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Jenny's ELC Lara
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We care about you

Happy families, happy children and happy educators make Jenny’s ELC the best place to be.

Jaylea Stone

P: (03) 5448 4520

Jaylea is the Director at Jenny’s ELC Epsom and has been with Jenny’s ELC since 2011. Her initial role was as Director at Maiden Gully before taking up the role of Director at the Bendigo Hospital centre in 2014. In 2018 she moved to the Epsom Centre where she has continued to support the community and the passionate and caring team at JELC Epsom.

Raised and educated in the Bendigo area, Jaylea is a true local who deeply understands the Bendigo community. She completed her teaching degree at Bendigo College of Advanced Education before moving interstate with her family.

Her interest in early childhood education developed when working as a primary school teacher in North West NSW. At this time Jaylea realised the importance of early childhood development when she observed that children from remote stations were not emotionally or socially prepared for the school setting. She became driven to develop a preschool service in the village of Rowena, working closely with the local community to achieve the best outcomes for the children, the school and the community.

On returning to Bendigo after eight years away, Jaylea continued to develop her passion for Early Childhood completing a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education at RMIT while working as a kindergarten teacher at Helen Jessen and Annie Galvin Children’s Centres, a position she held for 16 years.

Passionate about the environment and sustainability, Jaylea has particularly enjoyed supporting children and her team of educators to learn about and further their skills and interest in these areas. Her skills as a mentor have continued to develop and she is motivated to continuously learn and take on many new skills that will support children, families and educators within the Jenny’s ELC community.

Jaylea is looking forward to welcoming you to our Jenny’s Epsom Family soon! Contact Jaylea to learn more about the amazing programs and environment at Jenny’s ELC Epsom.

Lynne Earl

P: (03) 5449 7555

Mikaela Johnson

P: (03) 5439 4774

Mikaela joined Jenny’s ELC in 2013 as the Assistant Director at Jenny’s ELC Epsom. She spent two years in this role before moving to our Maiden Gully service in mid 2015 where she was the Centre Director for the next eight years. In May 2023 Mikaela moved to our Strathfieldsaye centre to continue on in the Centre Director role alongside the team there.

Mikaela is a true Bendigo local, born and bred here, never leaving for more than a holiday!  She began a Bachelor of Teaching at La Trobe University (Bendigo) in 2004 and in 2006, deferred her studies to begin working at a local childcare centre, where she quickly progressed from Assistant, to Room Leader, to Educational Leader.

Mikaela fell in love with the Early Childhood sector, and despite her original plans to return to Primary Teaching, she quickly realised the early years were her true passion. Completing a Certificate III and then Diploma of Children’s Services, Mikaela is a highly qualified and experienced educator who is passionate about creating genuine and lasting relationships with children, their families and the wider community – which is strongly reflected within our Strathfieldsaye centres family and community partnerships. Mikaela loves working with the local schools, sporting clubs and shopping facilities to develop strong bonds that provide our children and families every opportunity to be fully immersed in their local community.

Mikaela is also very passionate about dressing up – with Book Week and Christmas Month (known to most people as ‘December’) being her favourite times of the year. During December you can find Mikaela draped in tinsel, bells and even fairy lights, telling her favourite Christmas jokes to anyone who will listen (and often those who wont).

Alongside the Strathfieldsaye team, Mikaela is excited to meet your family and welcome you to our beautiful centre.

Norman Law

P: (03) 5444 3991

Kirstie Yeomans

P: (03) 4411 6803

Kirstie started her journey with Jennys in August of 2018 in a traineeship at Strathfieldsaye. Kirstie was there for 6 months before the JELC Heathcote centre opened, and being a Heathcote local, she transferred to the Heathcote centre to finish her traineeship.
She then quickly became a room leader and was in that role for a few years before becoming the Assistant Director early in 2023. Mid way through the year of 2023, Kirstie became the Director of the Heathcote centre.
Kirstie’s passion for childcare started when she had her first child back in 2012, watching him explore and grow she knew that education was where she wanted her career to be. After having her second child she applied for a traineeship with Jennys and was very excited when she got the position to be able to pursue her passion.
Kirstie’s enjoys being on the floor in the rooms with the children any chance she gets.

The Arch Centre Director

P:  03 5303 9090 

Lesley is the Director at Jenny’s ELC The Arch and a mother of 5 beautiful children. She is a born and bred local Ballarat girl. After many years of living in the CBD Lesley moved to a rural suburb for a quieter lifestyle on 20 acres. She worked in aged care for 7 years before coming into the early childhood profession in 2018. Starting out Lesley had a mad passion for children living with Autism as one of her own children lives with Autism. Lesley wanted to make a difference in their lives like she had her own child. Lesley is passionate about being a voice for every child who felt they don’t have one. She wants children to feel included regardless of their ability level. After being in the profession for around six months Lesley knew that this is where she should have been many years before. Lesley feels internally rewarded when she sees the children’s faces light up when they feel their success, reaching milestones and kicking goals. Working with families has always been important to Lesley and because and she loves to have a chat with everyone as she builds amazing relationships built on trust not only with children but also families.

Lesley and the team at The Arch are excited to meet you and welcome you to their centre.

The Arch Centre Director

P: 03 5303 9090