SmartPlay Benalla

About SmartPlay Benalla

SmartPlay Benalla opened in 2019 as Australian Christian College Early Learners. We re-branded early in 2020 to become SmartPlay Early Learners and launched two other centers at the same time. Smartplay Early Learners Benalla will provide a place where children can learn through play in a warm, safe, engaging, developmentally stimulating and fun environment.

SmartPlay Benalla will provide Long Day Care (including 3 and 4 year old programs), Before & After School Care and Vacation Care.

SmartPlay’s programs are developed using observations of the children completed by qualified educators across social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual developmental areas. All parts of the early learners programs are planned with an age-appropriate educational focus.

SmartPlay Centres use and work within the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework.

School Readiness at SmartPlay




Phone: (03) 5764 7850


Hours: 7.00am to 5.30pm weekdays

Provided: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, wipes, sunscreen.

More info: Parent Handbook

You can utilise the following services through SmartPlay Benalla:

Centre Director Dr Terry Harding

Terry Harding has a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney; a Diploma in Christian Doctrine and Practice from Emmaus Bible School; a Masters degree in Education and a PhD in Education from the Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma in Counselling from Australian Institute of Family Counselling. Terry has taught in Christian Schools for 15 years. He has been a principal of 5 Christian schools and has managed both Christian homeschooling and distance education.

As Centre Director of Smartplay Benalla, Dr Terry Harding is responsible to deliver an early childhood program where children are well known, well loved and well taught.

“It is my job to ensure that the children are happy and enjoy learning in a safe environment where every child has value and purpose. ”

Organise a time to catch up with Terry and tour the centre at SmartPlay Benalla.


“Our daughters have been attending SmartPlay Early Learners for over a year and a half, and to say that they enjoy their time there is an understatement! Apart from the delicious food and fantastic facilities, Terry and his wonderful staff show genuine affection, care, and interest in each child. This nurturing atmosphere coupled with fun intentional activities addresses educational needs and promotes a real love of learning. As parents, we also genuinely appreciate the focus on Christian character development and its associated benefits for emotional and social wellbeing. The SmartPlay app allows us to enjoy photos and stories from each day and makes administration for parents remarkably simple to navigate. Our son is in primary school and regularly participates in afterschool care and the holiday program, both of which he enjoys immensely! We are very blessed to have SmartPlay Early Learners as part of the Benalla community, and cannot recommend it enough!”

Hannah H

“Both my children love to come to SmartPlay. My son has excelled so much since he's been here from last year till now there is a very big difference.”

Brooke Watts

“I love that Marlee comes here not just to play, but she comes here and gets an amazing education that is gonna set her up for later on in her life.”

Bec Gazzola






(03) 5764 7850

21 Sydney Road, Benalla VIC 3672