Why choose us?

Educational Program

Sydney Early Education Centres has a long-standing reputation of providing exceptional care and education guided by current early childhood research and evidence-based best practice. We implement a holistic integrated educational program that celebrates individuality and diversity and acknowledges children as competent and capable citizens and co-researchers in their own learning. We recognise the significance of collaborative relationships between children, educators, families and community members in our pedagogical program.

The integral components of our ‘Learning for Life’ curriculum include Literacy, Language and communication, Numeracy, Creative arts, Emotional competency, Social competency, Science and technology, Inclusion, Cultural competency, Sustainability, and Physical development, health and wellbeing

Our curriculum is play-based and incorporates the National Early Years Learning Framework – Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Unique Environments

Sydney Early Education Centres is renown for its beautiful, carefully planned and natural environments where each child is inspired to explore, create, question and make meaning of the world. We provide environments that promote feelings of security, peace and harmony for the children, their families and our teams.

Each centre is unique and has been architecturally and expertly designed to reflect its local community, environment and heritage. Our facilities include specialised Early Learning and Preschool Centres and cater for small groups of children. We constantly receive feedback as to the surprise that families feel when they walk through our centres, particularly with our large outdoor garden learning environments.

Our Leadership Team

Sydney Early Education Centres boasts a leadership team of experienced early childhood professionals. All are early childhood teachers completing their Master of Educational Leadership in Early Childhood (Macquarie University), and collaboratively use their knowledge and experience in SEEC’s policies and practices. We believe this is a fundamental element of high-quality early childhood care and education and what makes us stand out as an exceptional service.


Margaret Wilson
Manager of Sydney Early Education Centres

Margaret is an experienced Early Childhood Teacher with over 30 years’ experience in the management and provision of early childhood education and care. Margaret holds a lifelong commitment and passion to provide the highest quality of early education to the children in her care.Margaret designed, built and opened Westmead Early Education Centre in 1997, Northmead Early Education Centre in 2012, and the new Cheltenham Early Education Centre in 2020. Each centre is unique and architecturally designed using Margaret’s early childhood knowledge, expertise and creativeness.Margaret is closely involved and monitors all aspects of Sydney Early Education Centres in her role as Manager and Education & Quality Support Leader. She takes this ‘hands on’ approach due to her passion for high quality early childhood education and the enjoyment she gets from working with a dedicated team of early childhood professionals.


Ann-Marie McConville
Director of Cheltenham Early Education Centre

Ann-Marie has 18 years’ experience working in a variety of children’s services and 13 as an Early Childhood Teacher / Director in Sydney Early Education Centres. Ann-Marie first began teaching/directing at our Westmead campus before taking up the new position of Director at Northmead Early Education Centre in 2012. Ann-Marie was involved with the design and creation of NEEC’s learning environments and team, and her dedication to NEEC and passion for early childhood education is the foundation for NEEC’s outstanding reputation. Now Ann-Marie is excited to be putting her new knowledge and experience into our beautiful new bespoke Cheltenham Early Education Centre.


Sultana Thanawala
Director of Westmead Early Education Centre

Sultana joined Sydney Early Education Centres in 2013 as the early Childhood Teacher/Director of Westmead Early Education Centre. Sultana has over 12 years’ experience in the early childhood profession in a variety of roles including child care educator, early childhood teacher and in-home care educarer. Sultana’s dedication to early childhood care and education with a community focus has helped to cement Westmead Early Education Centre’s strong reputation as the in-demand learning facility within the community.


Antonela Sala
Director of Northmead Early Education Centre

Antonela is a qualified early childhood teacher with over 11 years’ experience working with children and babies. Antonela joined the team at Northmead Early Education Centre when it opened in 2012 and has helped NEEC maintain its high-quality reputation and ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’ rating throughout this time. Antonela is passionate about developing respectful, strong relationships with children and their families, and has actively researched and promoted the RIE, Pikler and Circle of Security approaches in SEEC’s policies and practices.

Our Educators

Sydney Early Education Centres takes pride in our exceptional team of educators and support staff, many who have been working for SEEC between 3 to 20 years. Our teaching teams are highly qualified and diverse and share their specialist training or skills such as music, art, language and cooking.

We employ more staff per child ratio and more qualified staff than the regulatory authorities require as research-based evidence links high staff/child ratios and well-qualified teachers/educators to high quality program delivery. Our teams are highly qualified and experienced and display a natural affinity and love for children and early childhood education. We believe these qualities are vital to your children’s happiness, care and education.

Commitment to Professional Learning

Our committed SEEC teams share a love for learning! Our ‘learning for life’ motto is not only for our children but also for our staff, management and families. Our educators are chosen for their desire to be dynamic learners and researchers of evidence-based best practice and innovative early childhood programs. We encourage and support professional learning and career development through mentoring programs, in-house training, collaborative research and practice, and assistance with professional development and qualifications.

Family Centred Care

Sydney Early Education Centres recognises the importance of fostering mutually respectful supportive relationships with families, to develop a sense of belonging in our community and to deliver high quality outcomes for the children. These relationships begin with our comprehensive orientation process and develop right through to the child’s transition to school. Our families often comment on their strong sense of belonging in our centres and for this reason after leaving us become a part of our extended family who continue to visit and participate in our programs.

We value the knowledge and diverse experiences of each family and we encourage the sharing of these with our educators, children and other families. Our program provides an array of opportunities for family collaboration, participation and enjoyable experiences.