Sydney Cove Children’s Centres (East and West)

About Us

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Sydney Cove. We are family orientated centres that aim to provide an exceptionally high level of care and education for each and every child entrusted to our care.

Sydney Cove Children’s Centres offers two centres within the one location – East and West of the building –  to ensure a personalised boutique approach to your child’s learning. We provide quality education and care for children from birth to 6 years in a relaxed and caring environment. Both centres are conveniently open from 7:00am to 6:30pm and provide nutritious meals for healthy growing bodies, which are prepared by our passionate cook. All meals provided, including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack. We cater for children’s allergy and dietary requirements.

We have a deep appreciation of the significance of developing each child’s potential at their own pace during early childhood years. Our devoted team aim to provide a warm and welcoming environment, full of stimulating experiences and discoveries.

Our Sydney Cove child care centres feature an enormous 1,800m2 of landscaped outdoor play space in a wonderful, friendly and safe environment for children. We have extensive educational and equipment including a pirate ship and submarine.

We offer an undercover pram bay, where prams can be left on-site during the day in our centre that requires security swipe card access. We have reserved priority spaces for our corporate partners: AMP, Macquarie and NAB. Community spaces are also available.

At Sydney Cove we have extra activities available, including mini rangers, fast football and Zumba. We host parent information evenings including a School Readiness Program and speech pathologist guest speaker. We also offer speech screening and vision testing.

Regular excursions to the Customs House library and other city locations. We also have a close relationship with Fort Street Public School and visit them throughout the year. Incursions are planned based on children’s interests and have included Bob Turner Wildlife, Jeral Puppets and Hatch ‘n’ Grow program.

We are conveniently located at the corner of Jamison and Lang Streets, near Wynyard, the Quay and the Harbour Bridge. Our centres are located close to Wynyard and Lang Street bus stops – also a short walk to the ferries and the train station. 30 minute parking vouchers for sale at a reduced cost for our families, for the Secure Parking Station on Jamison Street. We are open all year, excluding public holidays. 

Enter our centre via the corner of Jamison and Lang Street – up the ramp!

Sydney Cove Children’s Centres (East and West) has proudly received an Exceeding rating under the National Quality Standards! 

The National Quality Standard encompasses the 7 key quality areas that are important for children’s learning and development.


Our centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become Big School Ready.

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Centre Manager profiles

Cathy Henein – Sydney Cove West

Hi, my name is Cathy Henein I am the West Centre Manager at Sydney Cove Children’s Centre. I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 10 years including 7 years at Sydney Cove Children’s Centre. I currently hold a Diploma in Children’s Services and I have completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood, three years trained. I started at Sydney Cove Children’s Centre West working as an Assistant Educator then became Lead Educator before stepping into the role of West Centre Manager.

I became an early childhood educator to inspire children’s lives and be part of building the foundations of life learning.

My favourite part of working at Sydney Cove Children’s Centre West is being able to make a difference in the care and education of our children and building strong partnerships with our families, educators and community.

I am passionate about providing a high quality service that is educational for children and supports families and educators.

I believe that providing an educational environment that has caring, secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships will build children’s strong sense of belonging which is central for children becoming, and being full and active members of society.

Our service provides high quality care and our educational team take the time to get to know our families to build strong partnerships to support your child’s needs.

We guarantee to make your care experience an enjoyable one as we know how challenging it can be to find the best care for your child.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and hopefully you can be part of our family at Sydney Cove Children’s Centre West.


Renee Kennedy – Sydney Cove East

Hi, my name is Renee Kennedy and I am the Centre Manager of Sydney Cove Children’s Centre East. I currently hold my Diploma of Children’s Services and a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

From a very early age I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in early childhood education, recognising that the first 5 years lay the foundations for lifelong learning.

My passion and dedication to early education has continued though my 15 years of working in the industry and are lucky enough to have spent the past 10 of those years here at Sydney Cove. During these years I have worked as a room leader, educational leader and assistant Centre Manager before taking on the role of Centre Manager.

I believe that children innocently view and participate in the world around them. I love sharing this with them, watching how their curiosity and playfulness inspires them to explore their environment and participate in a variety of meaningful experiences.

My favourite part about working at Sydney Cove is being able to build respectful, responsive and trusting relationships with the children, families, team and wider community. I love seeing the children’s smiling faces as they enter our centre – this totally makes my day. It is truly a privilege to be trusted with the education and care of your child.

At Sydney Cove we deliver a strong educational program that is built on individual interests, maximising the learning potential of all children in our care. Above all, we strive to ensure each family has a wonderful experience as they embark on their journey with us.

I look forward to introducing you to our amazing team and developing a strong working relationship with you and your family.

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Sydney Cove Children’s Centre East


Sydney Cove Children’s Centre West



Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

East Nursery Seahorses Nursery West Nursery Clownfish
0 – 2 years 0 – 2 years 0 – 2 years 0 – 2 years
Dolphin’s Junior Preschool Whales Seals Preschool Sharks
2 years – 3 years 2 years – 3 years 3 years – 5 years 3 years – 5 years


Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies and Sudocrem
  • Baby wipes
  • Formula supplied
  • Linen for cots
  • Bibs
  • Baby sipper cups and water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Breakfast
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Other meals – late snack
  • Swipe card security
  • Sustainability program
  • Veggie garden
  • SMART Interactive Whiteboard
  • Classroom technology – iPads for Preschool
  • In-house cook
  • Halal meal options
  • Allergy and special dietary meal options
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Large, natural play environments with Submarine and Pirate Ship play structure
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Government Approved Kindergarten program
  • Reduced cost parking vouchers at Secure Parking Jamison Street
  • 3 minute walk to Wynyard train and bus station
  • Educational excursions at no extra cost
  • We operate all year round except for Public Holidays
  • Holiday discount* conditions apply
  • Priority places reserved for Corporate partners: AMP, NAB, Macquarie Bank
  • Extra curricular music program ‘Sound Play’ on Fridays (all age groups/no extra cost)
  • Extra activities for 2 – 5 years olds include: Zumba, Martial Arts and Fast Football – extra cost to families
  • Xplor – an easy to use parent app related to your child’s attendance within our centre
  • 0 – 2 years Nursery and Toddlers Program
  • 2 – 3 years Junior Pre-School Program
  • 3 – 5 years Pre-School – Advanced School Readiness Program


Reviews and Testimonials

“This centre has been used by all three of our kids and they all love it. It’s one of the larger centres with a West and East wing, and room for lots of children. However, they also have a very large outdoor play space with cool climbing equipment. The senior preschoolers go through a school readiness program too. The centre directors are great and the staff are friendly and attentive. They cater for special diets too. Recommended centre.”

– Ursula


“Sydney Cove East is an outstanding childcare center with the most amazing team of staff. The program for the children is fantastic – so well planned and always changing. The program for my 4 year old incorporated science, maths, literacy, music, arts and the children even take excursions to local places of interest (Martin Place ANZAC memorial, MCA, Woolworths to purchase ingredients to cook etc) Also options for additional paid activities such as Zumba, Fast Football and more. I don’t have a bad word to say about the center. I was thrilled with my daughters time here and very sad to leave the center when she started school!!”

– Kate


“We used this centre from nursery to the end of pre-school and would whole heartedly recommend it. Great outside space for the centre of Sydney and lovely, caring staff. The pre-school program is excellent too. My daughter was very well prepared for Big School!”

– Helen


“We’ve had both our children at Sydney Cove since they were 6 months old and have seen them grow here from babies to little people. Through our journey here, we’ve found the staff (both nursery and admin staff) generally engaging, caring, committed and personally invested in our children. Combine the wonderful room staff with the wide range of activities on offer, the regular slideshows from each room, established processes and updates from the centre management, it takes away much of the stress of day care, as I know my children are in the best of hands. Sometimes it makes me want to stay and play! Thanks for providing such a fantastic and nurturing environment to help my children grow.”

– Margaret


‘’Having a child start in new surroundings is never easy after spending the first part of their lives at home. While there was a slight transition phase, it is just wonderful seeing our little man so happy, making friends and how fast he is developing. Having a previous child at Sydney Cove, I was truly amazed at how well they took to school and are excelling. I certainly believe this is partially attributed to the wonderful programs Sydney Cove have designed for the kids. As an added bonus, I feel privileged to be working for a corporate partner of Sydney Cove that provide a discount to the cost of care.’’

– Tim

Enquire Now

We’d love to welcome you to one of our Early Learning Services long day care centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Sydney Cove Children’s Centre’s East and West, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.

Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.