Holy Name Early Learning and Care Centre Carlisle was originally a school. It was opened in 1938 by the Sisters of Mercy. The nuns would visit Catholic families in the local community. Piano lessons were also given at recess and lunch time and after school to State children to keep the school fees supplemented. Sister Edna and Sister Romuald travelled daily from the Victoria Park Convent to teach at Holy Name School. The sisters would make the long journey by foot and bus to reach the school. On very wet days, the sisters were allowed the 'exorbitant' option of taking the tram.
During the school's early years it also served as the Parish church. Each Friday, the dividing doors were opened and the space organised for Sunday Mass. The parents of the students at Holy name were tireless in their support of the school holding bazaars and raffles to provide money for the 'extras' as needed as the school progressed.
In 2008 the Catholic Education Office made the decision to amalgamate Holy Name with Notre Dame School. In 2009 the first lay Principal, Paul Hile, was appointed to oversee the amalgamation and building of the new campus which would accommodate the Holy Name students as well as the students of Notre Dame School. By 2011 the new campus was complete and the teachers and students of Holy Name moved to the new campus.
The Holy Name building stood unused for a few years until a proposal by the Early Years Learning Team of the Catholic Education office was accepted to create the first standalone Early Learning Centre run by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia. The centre opened its doors in 2012 providing Long Day Care for children from birth - 5 years as well as offering care for school-aged children from 3 local primary schools, before and after school and school holiday care.
Today, the Centre has flourished to accommodate another school, in the outside school hours care program and the long daycare runs at capacity each week. The centre also remotely manages another offsite outside school hours care service at Saint Maria Goretti's Primary School. Holy Name ELCC employs 23 staff members and has recently been chosen as one of the four centres around Perth to take part in the Child Australia Centre for Excellence Tour.
In 2014, Holy Name ELCC began running playgroup sessions at the centre to enable the families within the local community with a place to socialize with their children. We continue to strive for excellence through our practices and to provide ongoing support to the families and children within our community.