Construction works at East Sydney Early Learning Centre

To help meet the demand for quality facilities in the inner city, we transformed the building into a state-of-the-art childcare and community centre.

Project Status: Completed

Irene Fakas

Manager, Child and Family Services

Please contact for more information about children's services provided in the City of Sydney's local area.

phone number
02 9246 7884
email address
[email protected]

What we’re doing

As part of the childcare centre’s facilities, we also upgraded the John Birt Memorial playground opposite the building.

Works included:

  • a 3-level childcare centre for 60 children with light wells, sandpits and garden planters on the first and upper floors creating outdoor play spaces with natural light for children's activities
  • multipurpose community hire space with a kitchen
  • a new lift, a new roof and drainage
  • removing the paint to feature the original brickwork
  • a bridge linking the centre to the John Birt Memorial playground to ensure children can safely cross to the park and pedestrian access along Berwick Lane is maintained
  • renewing John Birt Memorial playground including an elevated platform with shade structures linked to the bridge, new bathroom and storage facilities, landscaping and fencing.

We have also upgraded surrounding streets, including:

  • new paving in sections of Bourke and Liverpool streets and Berwick Lane (next to the centre and the playground)
  • new sandstone to replace the existing stairs in Berwick Lane
  • 2 new street LEDs at Berwick Lane stairs.

Childcare enrolment

To find out about vacancies and enrolling your child, contact East Sydney Early Learning Centre