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Welcome to SCECS

SCECS is a leading provider of Early Childhood Education, Before and After School Care, and Vacation Care across Sydney. We currently operate five Early Learning Centres and more than 40 Before and After School Care Services across NSW.

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An inspiring and rewarding career awaits you!

We are always on the lookout for quality staff with a genuine passion for early childhood educator and care to join our experienced and knowledgeable teams.

We are committed to supporting your wellbeing and achieving meaningful outcomes for children and their families within our Catholic communities across Sydney.

Utilise your passion and experience and receive dedicated and continued support, training and guidance to create environments that enable our young children to flourish in all areas of human development.

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Our Values

Act with integrity
Be Intentional
Child centered
Be inspirational
Be joy filled
Wellbeing focused

Who are we?

We are Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services, a not-for-profit provider of early childhood education and care, established to support families within our Catholic parishes, schools and their local communities.

Our commitment to child safety

SCECS is a Child Safe Organisation dedicated to the protection of every child in our care. SCECS aims to create environments where children’s safety and wellbeing is the centre of thought, values and actions.

The framework is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the rights of children and aims to ensure that every child’s safety and wellbeing is maintained.

View our SCECS Child Safe Organisation Framework under 'Info Center'.

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Child Safe Standards

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Staff are equipped to keep children safe through continual education and training
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People working with children are suitable and supported
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Families and communities are informed and involved
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Committed leadership, governance and culture
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Equity is promoted and diversity respected
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Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
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Processes to respond to complaints of child abuse are child focused
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Physical and online environments are monitored for safety
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Child safe standards are continually reviewed and improved
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Policies and procedures document how the organisation is child safe

Why choose us?

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Supporting parents as the first educators of their children
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Providing quality education and care
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Nurturing your child’s spirituality
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Offer early intervention and targeted support
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Being places of welcome
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Build positive relationships

What our Parents and Principals say

"Since SCECS has taken over the before and after school care at St Mary's, enrolments for this service have increased remarkably. The staff are dedicated, provide nutritious food, engaging activities and exciting vacation care opportunities."
- Monica Palmer, Principal of St Mary's Catholic Primary School Georges hall
"St Brigid’s Primary School at Marrickville embarked on their partnership with SCECS in 2020. In our collaboration with SCECS, they have proved themselves to be deeply compassionate and caring of the students in their care. They are keen to foster positive partnerships with parents and students alike. The team at SCECS has dynamism and a passion for quality care, where there is deep respect for voice and collaboration with all stakeholders. They pride themselves on outstanding service whilst respecting the dignity of every child. SCECS works in synergy with our school community, leading with grace and fostering a service which I am very proud to attest to."
- Antonella Mazzucco, Principal of St Brigid's Catholic Primary School Marrickville
"I cannot thank Peta and Imma enough for supporting us from the start of my son’s kindergarten year. The staff always greet us with a smile, makes us feel welcome, and go above and beyond to comfort and care for the children. Thank you again for making me feel comfortable being away from my son while at work and for caring for him beyond my expectations while we were away."
- Blissy, SCECS OSHC St Christopher's Holsworthy Parent
"I am very happy with the outstanding service provided to my child. This service has developed my child into a confident and enthusiastic young person. My child trusts the staff, learns from them and is comfortable to ask them any questions. The staff are true professionals, and provide a high level of care that I cannot fault. They have built a rapport with me as a parent and feel like they always try to include us all in the decision making process. Always asking for suggestions. I couldn't think of sending my child anywhere else."
- Suzy, SCECS OSHC St Mary's Georges Hall Parent
"I can’t find the words to describe how much I am so grateful and appreciative of all the staff at Holsworthy OSHC. My son started with SCECS just 12 months ago. I was worried to send him to OSHC due to his mobility problem resulting from an accident but I was surprised with how much love and care the team gave him! The team has given him his confidence back and they consistently support him physically and emotionally! I have never felt more comfortable having him attend such a safe place. All the staff are amazingly caring and loving and supportive from their heart. Thanks to all of you, especially Peta and Imma."
- Nehal, SCECS OSHC St Christopher's Holsworthy Parent
"My boys have been attending before and after school care for a number of years now and they love it. The activities available to them from sports to creative arts are so varied and inspired, there's never a dull moment from what I can tell! They always seem so engaged in whatever they're doing, it's lovely to see. The educators are also fantastic and show an interest in not only keeping the kids safe, but entertained. It's reassuring to know that my kids are being looked after in that way."
- Olivia, SCECS OSHC St Anthony of Padua Austral Parent
"Our boys have been attending SCECS Earlwood for the last couple of years. They absolutely love going and we couldn’t be happier. The team provides a great range of outdoor and indoor activities to keep the boys busy, as well as a good variety of food as they are always eating! The staff are so friendly and caring with the boys, as well as being so approachable for the parents. We had a few problems with one of our boys settling into kindergarten and Catherine and her team were amazing in supporting him, making him feel comfortable and keeping me updated on how he was doing/ideas for how best to help him. The team is also flexible when needed in emergencies. Thank you to Catherine and her amazing team for all the fun and care you provide. You have helped make the boys' first years of school a really enjoyable experience."
- Justine, SCECS OSHC Our Lady of Lourdes Earlwood Parent
“Peta and the team at SCECS Holsworthy are a team of individuals that strive for the best within their team but also for our children. We have two neurodiverse children that attend this service, they are literally welcomed each day with open arms and big smiles. The educators encourage our children to be the best version of themselves, they encourage them to try new activities and celebrate the wins with the kiddos with such enthusiasm! The activities they create and execute are so much fun that my 5 year old often refuses to come home and asks that I go back to work so I can pick her up later. The service that the team provides is second to none. I have not met a team that executes care, love and dedication to our children with such authenticity. The team at SCECS Holsworthy not only hold themselves to a high level of service but also our children are held accountable for their actions. Facilitating a fun, caring and welcoming environment is very challenging and the team at SCECS continually exceeds my family's expectations. We are thrilled to be a part of the SCECS Holsworthy community.”
- Claire, SCECS OSHC St Christopher's Holsworthy Parent
“The centre is fabulous! Our children have been attending before and after school care since they started in kindergarten, and they love it! From the moment I walked through the door the Centre Director and Educators made my children and myself feel so welcome. The staff are extremely caring, knowledgeable and genuinely love our children. The curriculum and activities are incredible and always vary between before and after school care and vacation care. There is always something to keep the children entertained. As a parent who works full time it is a great feeling to know that my children are happy and are in an environment that is safe and that they are extremely well looked after.”
- Rachel, SCECS OSHC St Christopher's Holsworthy Parent
"As a full time working mother of 2 children I have found SCECS OSHC to be a beautiful extension of the school who provide an exceptional level of before and after school care and vacation services. They have helped to build confidence in my shy kindergartener by providing her with a safe and secure environment to build relationships with other students. My older child has experienced a smooth transition with SCECS becoming our on-site provider with no disruptions to his routine. I always leave the grounds with a smile on my face after being warmly welcomed and watching the children happily settle into their day. The carers are beautiful, there is always an engaging activity planned alongside the smell of a delicious breakfast or late snack. Enrolment and administration processes are easy to manage with both Caitlin and Monique who are happy to assist with anything and everything. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the service to any new parent considering before and after school care or vacation services!"
- Victoria, SCECS OSHC All Hallows Five Dock Parent
"As a working parent it is essential that my children have a consistent care provider for Before and After School Care & Vacation Care. When I enrolled them into SCECS I had no idea that the team there would become friends and the centre would provide my kids with a home away from home, a safe haven and place to feel nurtured as they grow. The team goes above and beyond to provide a variety of enriching experiences in all avenues, whether that be cooking, crafting, exploring or playing. They dedicate their time to researching and seeking out new ideas, and clearly invest time and funding into new and exciting resources for the children. As a parent of neurodiverse children, I have found that my child's unique needs are considered, with safe, calming spaces provided to support them. Not only do the educators seek out relevant information to educate themselves about neurodiversity in children, they regularly communicate with me to further their understanding of how to meet the specific needs of my child and discuss any change in mood, behaviour and attitude so that I also understand what my child's needs will be by the time I collect them from care. I would have no hesitation in recommending SCECS Miranda to any parent."
- Lauren, SCECS OSHC Our Lady Star of the Sea Miranda Parent
"From day one I have felt at ease with the Educators and services provided at Miranda OHSC. They made transitioning into Kindergarten easy with their caring nature and love of the children which is shown daily as soon as we are greeted at the door. The children are given many opportunities at OHSC through art, science, cooking, and movie experiences. There is a genuine interest in the child's interests and they always plan their curriculum around this. I have seen my child grow and flourish in his friendships with his peers and the educators at OHSC. I am blessed to know him and I will be looked after for future years."
- Rebecca, SCECS OSHC Our Lady Star of the Sea Miranda Parent
"I would highly recommend Hunters Hill OSHC services to any parent in the Villa Maria community! Connor and the fabulous team of educators provide outstanding quality of service and their professionalism and warmth allows them to develop respectful relationships with all the children that attend. The range of activities offered is diverse, fun and caters for all interests and the educators assist with homework and reading which is a wonderful help. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her after school sessions and as an only child, benefits greatly from the social aspect in a friendly and supportive environment."
- Shannon, SCECS OSHC Villa Maria Hunters Hill Parent
“I can’t thank May and all the educators enough for the exceptional care taken towards my son, and every child who attends before and after school care! Being a full time working single mum, and as a parent of a child who has just started kindergarten this year, it has been a relief to know my son is being taken care of in the before and after school care programs! He enjoys it so much, even more than school itself! To know he is getting the best of care and learning new things everyday while I’m at work makes me very happy! Thank you once again to all the educators for all your time and hard work!”
- Kim, SCECS OSHC Christ the King Bass Hill Parent
"My kids have been attending OSHC at OLOL Earlwood for the past couple of years. I am so impressed with the level of care that is shown to them. My kids love going to OSHC and enjoy the fantastic choice of activities and the tasty and varied food offered. I love the fact that they are in a caring, educational, fun and safe environment where the educators take the time to know them individually and accommodate their different needs. When I drop them off the educators meet their needs whether it’s extra hugs or a fun activity to help them get going for the day. In the afternoons when I pick them up they always ask if they can stay longer to finish their activity. The processes and systems the centre has developed are very practical and easy to access. Their communications with parents are really clear and they are always open to feedback. I happily recommend OLOL Earlwood OSHC to other parents looking for excellent care for their primary school kids."
- Theresa, SCECS OSHC Our Lady of Lourdes Earlwood Parent