Early Childhood

SCECS Early Childhood Services operate in close partnership with the local Catholic school and parish community. Our education and care program supports the 'Early Years Learning Framework', a National Framework for children from birth to five years.

The Framework's vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. Our play-based, emergent curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs, interests, and investigations of children.

St Joseph’s Preschool & Long Day Care

1A Kimberley Grove,
Rosebery, NSW 2018

St Brigid’s Preschool & Long Day Care

135B Brook Street,
Coogee, NSW 2034

St John’s Preschool & Long Day Care

77 Queen Street,
Auburn, NSW 2144

Our Lady of Fatima Preschool & Long Day Care

389 Port Hacking Road South,
Caringbah, NSW 2229

St Therese Preschool & Long Day Care

96 Cartwright Avenue,
Sadleir, NSW 2168


Child care subsidy calculator

A majority of the families are eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS), which can help in reducing the cost by up to 80%. We've created this Subsidy Calculator to check your eligibility and subsidy amount.

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 childs’ 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

Frequently asked questions

Why should I send my child to long day care and preschool?

Educators and psychologists are in agreeance that the single most important period in a child’s development occurs from birth to age six. Evidence shows that participating in a high quality early education program delivers lasting health and educational outcomes preparing children for school and beyond.

What is the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)?

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It’s part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, recognising the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.Learn more on the ACECQA website

Are nappies provided for babies and toddlers?

Yes, nappies are included for 0-2 year olds. Children of other ages requiring nappies and who are not toilet training, should bring them along to the service.

Do the children receive meals?

SCECS provides breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack (when required).We provide for a qualified onsite Chef catering for each child and providing fresh, nutritious and healthy meals. Meal time is a special time for children and staff to come together and enjoy a diverse range of cuisines.

What are the operating hours?

Our services operate from 7:00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year. We’re not open on weekends or public holidays.

Can I join the waitlist if my baby hasn't been born yet?

Yes you can join the waitlist.  We will require your baby’s surname and for their first name, write ‘baby’.  We also require an estimated date of birth. Once your child is born, please contact us to update your details.

Can you cater for my child's disability?

At SCECS we are an inclusive environment who provides for children with additional needs and is available to every child.  For specific advice on how we could best accommodate your child/ren, you should speak with the Director at the SCECS service you are interested in.

When do you start toilet training?

Toilet training usually occurs between ages of 18 months – 3 years. We work in partnership with families to encourage and implement toilet training when you feel your child is ready, based on their individual stage of development and need.

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Will my child move rooms when they have a birthday?

Transitions into an older room are based on developmental readiness and availability.

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What documents do I need to supply to show my child’s immunisation status?

The following are acceptable to prove immunisation:

No other documents will be accepted and the enrolment cannot be confirmed without one of these.

My child is not immunised - can they be enrolled?

SCECS requires children to be fully up-to-date with their immunisations, or be on a catch up schedule, or have a medical exemption to be enrolled into care. Documentation supporting the child’s immunisation position, must be provided at the time of enrolment. Children who are not vaccinated will not receive the Child Care Subsidy and are not eligible for enrolment.

What qualifications do SCECS OSHC staff have?

All staff employed by SCECS must have a Working With Children Check (WWCC), and our Coordinator holds First Aid in Education and Care Setting, Child Protection and a Diploma of Children’s Services (or is working towards completion). SCECS actively encourages all educators to undertake first aid courses, and offers other professional development opportunities, including traineeships.

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Any more questions?

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Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM