28 Years of Experience in Childcare Management, Regulatory & Funding Requirements


28 Years Experience in Childcare Management Providing Commercial Solutions to Childcare Businesses Throughout Australia.

Building lasting relationships through engagement, integrity, and experience.


Early Learning Management (ELM) has spent more than 28 years providing solutions to childcare owners, educators, and operators in Australia. ELM consists of seasoned childcare experts who understand the unique challenges faced by those involved in the Australian Childcare Industry.

Our National Operations Managers are recognised for their multitude of childcare service engagements in every state and territory. The team have obtained numerous certifications and had training across the full spectrum of the Australian standards. Our team has the knowledge and skills necessary to provide you with quality and a commercial outcome. The team offers you excellent support throughout the process of building, managing and improving your childcare business.

Our Solutions

Early Learning Management understands modern childcare businesses require expertise in a broad range of specialisations. Early Learning Management offers practical deliverables and unparalleled expertise to ensure that our clients and partners will get the best building process assistance, management services, and consultation. We can tailor our solutions to meet your specific business needs and goals.

Our Commitment

ELM has built a dynamic organisation that is capable of achieving extraordinary results and providing substantial value to the Australian childcare industry. ELM is committed to helping childcare businesses grow and prosper. ELM has assembled a team of experienced and creative professionals who have the same vision, goals and purpose. The team is supported by the Queensland head office with depth in finance, payroll and information technology.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide the assistance you need in managing and improving your childcare business

Success cannot be achieved without sufficient planning, inspiring leadership and strong management.

John Hutchison, Director

28 years of experience in the childcare industry

John brings his CEO experience, childcare management exposure, marketing and strategy skills, and digital knowledge to his Early Learning Management role. John’s experience spans the broader childcare sector and brings a balanced approach with a strong strategic capability and thought leadership to the team. John has specialised experience in childcare restructures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, equity raisings and initial public offerings (IPO).

Specialist in bookkeeping and accounting for the childcare industry.

Rebecca Hutchison, Finance Manager

Over 10 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting.

Rebecca Hutchison is Finance Manager at Early Learning Management with 10+ years experience in bookkeeping and accounting in the childcare industry. Rebecca was instrumental in reducing budgets through strategic plan development and implementation for an ASX listed company. As a Finance Specialist, Rebecca is in control of budgets, financial reporting and overall expenditures. She holds a Certificate IV in both Accounting and Bookkeeping from the Australian Institute of Financial Services & Accounting. Bec is also a registered BAS Agent.

Certified finance officer with extensive experience in providing outstanding financial services.

Leanne Matthews, Finance Officer/ Payroll

Over 10 years experience in bookkeeping and 25 years experience in payroll.

Leanne Matthews is Finance Officer / Payroll for Early Learning Management with 10+ years bookkeeping and 25+ years payroll experience. Leanne manages financial reporting, accounts payable and receivables including reconciliation of bank accounts, client payrolls and BAS / IAS preparation. In addition to holding a Certificate IV in Financial Services from the Australian Institute of Financial Services & Accounting, Leanne is also a registered BAS Agent

Vast experience in operations and strategy implementation to enhance business structures

Sandi Fern, Senior Operations Manager

Over 20 years of experience working in the Early Childhood Industry

Sandi joined the Early Learning Management team in July 2010 bringing vast experience to the Operations Department. Sandi has overseen service operations in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Northern Territory and  the Australian Capital Territory. Aligning her knowledge from the private and corporate sectors, Sandi has implemented strategies to enhance overall business structures in various services to ensure quality practices are maintained, and the business is commercially successful.


Comprehensive support, mentoring and guidance to ensure quality childcare industry standards.

Tina McDonald, Operations Manager

Over 16 years of experience in the Early Education and Care industry

Tina McDonald joined Early Learning Management in April 2016 and has managed services in Queensland, Northern Territory, and Australian Capital Territory. Tina has worked in the Early Education and Care industry for over 16 years. Starting out as a Trainee and working in all positions within a service environment has provided Tina with an understanding of the importance of building strong, positive staff cultures as the basis for a competitive and successful business.

With extensive experience in the Operations role with both large, corporate companies as well as services owned by individual operators – Tina can provide ongoing support, mentoring and guidance to ensure that services are continually evolving in line with industry standards.

Transforming opportunities into real business and investments through meticulous analysis.

ELM specialises in childcare management, childcare consultancy and advisory and childcare development. We take pride in our team of experts with over 28 years of childcare experience. We will help you build a successful business so that you can provide better service and education program to children in your care. Find out how our services work.

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