John McMahon Early Learning Centre


Courtney McConnell, Centre Director

02 9392 5601

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Find us at: 45 Mckell St, Birchgrove


John McMahon ELC Exterior


Monday to Friday 7:45 am to 5:45 pm


0 to 6 years


View the current fees & charges

You may be eligible for government Child Care Subsidies. Use the Starting Blocks fees estimator to find out what your family might pay for education and care:

Fees Estimator 

Note from the Centre Director

Our core values at John McMahon Early Learning Centre:

  • Providing a curriculum that encompasses all the interactions, experiences, routines and events; both planned and spontaneous, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development.
  • Providing a program of intentional teaching and a modern perspective on play-based learning. Play provides children with opportunities to express a sense of agency and demonstrate their competence and be leaders in their own learning. Play can provide children with a sense of belonging and being, which supports the development of children’s individual and social identity.
  • Recognising the complexity, diversity and potential of play for teaching and learning.
  • Providing opportunities for children to play as they discover, create, improvise and imagine using strategies such as modelling and questioning, engaging in shared thinking and open discussions and problem solving to scaffold individual children’s learning.
  • Providing time and space for children to explore, inquire and revisit open ended experiences and materials in order to solidify learning and to work towards their learning potential.
  • Establishing authentic partnerships which are cooperative, respectful and trustful. 
  • Encouraging shared planning and assessment practices to ensure that learning experiences and environments are responsive to individual children’s interests and needs.

Our standard

At John McMahon Children's Centre we are pleased to be Meeting the National Quality Standard.

ACECQA Ratings Chart - John McMahon

Waiting list

To join the waiting list for all council operated Long Day Care and Preschool Services, please complete the online waiting list application form at the link below (a $25 non-refundable fee applies):

Apply to be on the waiting list


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Page last updated: 13 May 2024