Ground-breaking new childcare centre opens doors at Ed.Square
An award winning architect-designed world class new childcare centre has opened its doors.
A specialist and award winning architect-designed world class new childcare centre has opened its doors at Ed.Square Town Centre, Frasers Property Australia’s game-changing south-west Sydney community.
Ignite Early Learning welcomed children aged two to six to the centre on February 27, with the staged opening due to continue in 2023 when children aged zero to two can join the fun at the custom-designed centre.
The centre will eventually educate 140 children in its premises in the retail heart of the Ed.Square community.
Flooded with natural light, centre was designed by specialist childcare architect and author of Architecture for Children, Sarah Scott of Scott & Ryland Architects, while Arcadia Landscape Architects took charge of the outdoor elements of the centre.
The centre features a café and servery, baby and children’s gym, indoor and outdoor learning zones and uses a campus-style design framework with themed rooms including Fantasy Land, for dramatic play, Safari Land, for learning about flora and fauna, Zen Land for relaxing and calming, Learning Land, for exploring the building blocks of education such as numbers and the alphabet and Yummy Land, designed to develop enthusiasm and understanding of food.
Fresh meals created by a qualified nutritionist are served to the children daily, including the option of a dinner service.
Ignite’s own Baby Flex classes are also on offer, a multi sports program aligned to the Early Learning Years framework as well as the NSW Physical Literacy requirements.Held after hours four times weekly, the classes teach children aged six months to 12-years physical and movement skills as well as teamwork and persistence through a range of age-appropriate activities and sports.
The facility’s location in the Ed.Square shopping centre means pick up and drop off can be combined with grocery shopping, a café visit or a doctor or hairdressing appointment.
It is Ignite Early Learning’s second centre, after its first opened in Bardia in 2019, but the family business has a 20-year history in the childcare industry with founder Matthew Ibrahim’s mother opening the first childcare centre in Rosemeadow, followed soon after by Ingleburn.
Ignite did extensive research including with focus groups to truly understand what the Ed.Square community wanted from its landmark childcare facility.
“We asked some hard and detailed questions to really get to the bottom of what the community wants and needs most,” Matthew says.
The result is a centre that tailors care to each individual child’s needs, encompassing elements such as their abilities and interests, as well as wellbeing priorities such as allergies and cultural beliefs.
Matthew van Rijswijk, Development Director, Frasers Property Australia, said the opening of the childcare centre represents an important piece of the Ed.Square puzzle being slotted into place.
“This is great news for Ed.Square parents who now have a childcare option that combines excellence in its field with complete convenience of location,” he says.
Located directly opposite the Edmondson Park railway station for easy pick up and drop off, the opening of the centre marks a major milestone for the Ed.Square precinct which last year also saw the opening of a 200 sqm Community Centre within the laneway-inspired UDIA-award winning town centre.
Parents interested in enrolling their child at Ignite Early Learning can visit ignite-elc.com.au or call 1300 244 648.
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