John McMahon Children's Centre

Note from the Coordinator

John McMahon Children's Centre consists of a team of passionate educators dedicated to providing a high standard in quality Education and Care, through a commitment to quality improvement and reflective practice.

Our curriculum encompasses all the interactions, experiences, routines and events; both planned and spontaneous, that occurs in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development (Early Years Learning Framework, p.9). The EYLF guides curriculum decision making and the curriculum reflects children’s interests, development and strengths.

The pedagogical program includes 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 (educators Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework p.30).

We recognise the complexity, diversity and potential of play for teaching and learning; therefore we provide opportunities for children to play as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. Within play experiences we use strategies such as modelling and questioning, engaging in shared thinking and open discussions and problem solving to scaffold individual children’s learning. Children are also provided with time and space to explore, inquire and revisit open ended experiences and materials in order to solidify learning and to work towards their learning potential.

At the John McMahon Child Care Centre, we strive to establish authentic partnerships which are cooperative, respectful and trustful. In these partnerships families and educators work together to make decisions to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing. We encourage shared planning and assessment practices to ensure that learning experiences and environments are responsive to individual children’s interests and needs.

National Ratings Chart

The ratings chart below displays how the John McMahon’s Children's Centre is improving quality for your child.

The John McMahon’s Children's Centre has been rated as MEETING the National Quality Standard.

All services across Australia are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard to improve qaulity and outcomes for children.

You can get more information about how services are improving in each quality area from our staff members. 



Sarah Collins
Acting Centre Coordinator

John McMahon Children's Centre
45 Mckell St, Birchgrove NSW 2041
Centre email:
02 9367 9244


Monday to Friday 7.45am – 5.45pm


0-6 years


Children in the 0-2 years room: $135.00 per day
Children in the 2-3 years room: $130.00 per day
Children in the 3-5 years room: $125.00 per day

Waiting list

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Page last updated: 25 May 2020