Above: view from Kimberley Grove, Rosebery. The façade is made from Colorbond ‘Coolmax’ steel exterior cladding and roofing, reflecting the former industrial character of the area.
Image: Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services.

Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services (SCECS) have had their development application with City of Sydney Council approved for a new 60 place preschool & long day care service for 0-6 year olds, in a bid to support the growing needs of the Rosebery community and the working families in South Sydney.

Planned to open its doors in early 2022, St Joseph’s Preschool & Long Day Care on Kimberley Grove, located on one convenient site, next to St Joseph’s Catholic Parish and proposed St Joseph’s Primary School, will offer a nurturing educational environment and foster strong community connections within a rapidly changing neighbourhood.

The state of the art building will be visually and physically connected with the Parish and proposed primary school, forming a community hub. The new service will create many job opportunities for Early Childhood Teachers, Educators, and ancillary staff.

“As a not-for-profit service, supporting our growing communities, it is vital that we provide a comprehensive early education experience for children and their families, supporting a seamless and successful transition to school.” Managing Director of SCECS, Franceyn O’Connor, said.

Designed by award-winning architects Neeson Murcutt + Neille, the main design features include an entry forecourt, offering communities a place to meet, and a community piazza located at the heart of the service. “These places of gathering will be open for outside hour’s community events and will also provide for wrap around health and wellbeing services, which we know will be a valuable resource to the local community.” Mrs O’Connor said.

“The early childhood space incorporates the notion of ‘the environment as the third teacher, featuring raked ceilings, exposed timber doors and walls, and open and airy play rooms, connecting children visually and physically to the outside natural environment,” explained Mrs O’Connor.

“The Parish community realises the renewal and population growth in the Rosebery area and wants to share in the mission to support young families with this early learning centre,” said Parish Priest, Fr Paul Smithers.

Fr Paul said “There has been lots of local interest among parishioners and locals wanting to enrol their children already: the location and design is exciting for them.”

St Joseph’s Preschool & Long Day Care will be the third SCECS not-for-profit early childhood service, with other services located at Auburn & Sadleir-Miller.