Tour Sutherland Shire Council’s childcare services and discover why hundreds of families choose to partner with us.
Among the local childcare scene there’s a strong demand for infant positions (birth-2 years). For that reason we encourage parents to submit their childcare application with us as early as possible.
Current vacancies: Age 2-5 years in some Early Education Centres and birth-5 years in Family Day Care
Tour & position enquiries: Ph 9710 0466 Apply online & learn more: www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/childcare
Waratah Street Early Education Centre - Sutherland Shire Council
28 Waratah Street
PH: 9523 8223
To book into a centre tour click here or phone Centre Director on 9523 8223 Vacancy enquiries Children’s Services Customer Service Team Ph 9710 0466
Waratah Street is a quiet, smaller-scale centre situated next to beautiful Gunnamatta Park in Cronulla. It caters for a small group of 40 children daily. Families love its community feel and the many excursions the children experience. Our Educators take full advantage of the centre's prime location and natural surroundings, taking the children on many educational excursions and experiences.
Families value our warm and nurturing Educators and the genuine care they have for the children.
Our Educators possess a thorough knowledge of child development and an understanding of how children learn. One of our team is a member of Council's Children's Services Curriculum Group which examines best practice curriculum planning for children in our services. Also among our team are sustainability enthusiasts who bring environmental awareness and education to the children's program. The promotion of wellness and wellbeing is also a focus, with the children experiencing moments of meditation.
Waratah Street is open from 7am-6.15pm, 51 weeks of the year.
Families enjoy regular insights into their children's learning via a safe and secure communication app called Educa. Educa allows families to view and share learning stories, photos and videos, and collaborate with Educators about their child’s development, from the comfort of their phone.
Waratah Street is located a minute's walk from Cronulla train and is close to many local primary schools including Cronulla, Cronulla South and Burraneer Bay Public Schools and St Aloysius.
We make great use of our beautiful local environment to extend the children's learning. We ensure the children learn beyond the four walls of our centre, with much community engagement within our curriculum. We visit the local park where the children choose a tree to sit under and read a book with an Educator and small group of children. We visit the fruit shop where the children decide what they would like to eat during the week. We take the ferry to Bundeena for picnics. We enjoy an annual excursion to Sydney Aquarium. Other educational experiences include visiting local schools and story time at the local library.
We strive to make every moment count as a learning experience and we make great use of practical opportunities to do this. For example, on excursions where we travel by train the children will count train stops and together we read signs.
The children enjoy our spacious, multi-level playground featuring natural shade from treetop canopies. Our well-resourced outdoor space features a large shaded sandpit, trampoline, climbing and balancing equipment and a great open space for ball games such as soccer.
All Council Early Education Centres deliver a curriculum which provides children with academic and life skills education. We promote the development of language and literacy, numeracy, social and emotional skills, physical development and cognitive growth.
Waratah Street offers an excellent transition to school program. We have strong connections with our local primary schools, including Cronulla South Public School. We visit 4-5 times annually to spend time in the classrooms, engage with the teachers and visit the canteen. We also attend special events (e.g. Easter hat parade). Each fortnight children from year four visit us and read to the children. We are also make regular excursions to Cronulla Public School and St Aloysius.
Waratah Street provides an eco-friendly cloth nappy service to babies and toddlers, at no additional cost to parents.