East Sydney Early Learning Centre

East Sydney Early Learning Centre

Architecture award

Designed by Andrew Burges Architects in association with the City, East Sydney Early Learning Centre won the Educational Architecture Award and was commended for Interior Architecture at the 2017 NSW Architecture Awards.

East Sydney

To help meet the demand for quality child care in the inner city, the City has transformed 277–279 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst, into a state-of-the-art childcare and community centre.

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 LED street lights at Berwick Lane stairs.

Childcare enrolment

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


For information about our other childcare facilities, please contact:

Irene Fakas
Manager, Child and Family Services
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 10 July 2017