Early Years
Supporting Children, Families and Community
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Doncaster Gardens Preschool
Tucked safely away from the main road, Doncaster Gardens Preschool provides an enriching and supportive learning environment where children and families forge friendships and develop a genuine sense of belonging. Our kindergarten is inclusive, a safe and nurturing space where each child is valued for their individuality and diversity is celebrated.
Kallista Kindergarten
Nestled amongst the tranquil mountain ranges, Kallista Kindergarten provides a unique beginning for life-long learning through a program with a strong focus on nature, music, and the value of learning through relationships. Children are celebrated and encouraged to learn in an environment that fosters their self-esteem and natural curiosity.
The Patch Kindergarten
Surrounded by the exquisite serenity of the Dandenong Ranges, The Patch Kindergarten and The Patch School work collaboratively to provide continuity of learning for children and their families. Holding high expectations of children, as capable and competent individuals, The Patch affords children rich opportunities for explorative learning with a strong focus on nature education.
Who we are & what we do

EV EYM is a recently established not-for-profit community-based organisation that operates with the needs of children and families as its highest priority.
EV Strengthening Communities has worked in the communities of Maroondah, Whitehorse, and Yarra Ranges for over 45 years and more recently in the cities of Banyule, Darebin, Knox, Manningham, Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Shires of Mitchell and Whittlesea. EV contributes to the community through community transport, volunteering, and local jobs support.

With the vision of supporting local communities, EV now extends its services to the Early Childhood Sector as an Early Years Manager by sharing its vast experience and knowledge working with local communities over four decades. The CEO’s over twenty years’ senior executive experience in the Early Years, Child and Family sectors coupled with the GM’s prior experience managing an EYM of 21 kindergartens is an added advantage to the organisation

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Our Team
We are small, professional, and experienced team dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for children, families and community.


  • Vik Naidu

    General Manager

    Vik has over 25 years’ experience in executive and financial management across a range of sectors including Early Childhood, Community Services, International and Domestic Business, Business Development and Marketing.

    A highly experienced Business & Finance professional who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals in highly competitive and not for profit sectors. Sound technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of over 25 years of hands-on experience in business, finance, operations, strategic planning, advertising, marketing, new business development and multi-market functionality.

    Proven ability to successfully analyse an organisation's critical business requirements, identify deficiencies, potential opportunities, and develop innovative solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving client service offerings.

  • Lisa Rich

    Administration and PAG Liaison Officer

    Highly experienced Administration and Marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in the Early Childhood and Retail sectors. Prior experience included managing  Parent Advisory Groups relationship and Marketing/Administration function in a medium sized Early Years Management serivce provider. 

Child Safe Statement
EV EYM believe all children have the right to be and feel safe in environments that respect cultural safety and maintain a culture in which children, their histories, and identities are valued, respected and cared for. Protecting children from the risks of abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice.

In the spirit of reconciliation, EV acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land and pays respect to its elders past and present.

We are an inclusive organisation supporting Culturally and Linguistically diverse people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual Communities.

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