Sydney has a new unique not-for-profit bilingual “Kindergarten”

28.01.2016 Members

FROEBEL St Leonards Early Learning Centre opened its doors on 21 December 2015.

After completely refurbishing the existing 4-storey commercial building, this state-of-the-art centre now offers inspiring learning environments on 3 levels plus a 350sqm rooftop playground for 99 children from 6 months to 6 years. Each age group has their own level – the Nursery for the 0 to 2 year old children is located on the third level, the Toddler Room for the 2 to 3 year olds is on the second level and the first level belongs to the 3 to 5 year old pre-schoolers. 

left: © Martin van der Wal right: © Tyrone Branigan 

Besides the rooftop playground, the key features are the Activity Pods which each are tailored to a specific activity (Music/Drama Play, Little Scientists, Arts & Craft, Reading, Soft Play) and create smaller learning spaces within an open plan setting as well as the semi-open, commercial kitchen which invites the children to be part of the daily meal preparation and to assist the chef with cooking and with raising herbs and vegetables in the kitchen garden.

educational program focusses on playful early learning as well as immersive language learning. English and German speaking educators work hand in hand and both languages are present every day, all day. Thus, every child is immersed in a 2nd language on a daily basis, gets familiar with the language melody, and learns it in a playful way without the need for "language classes". 

Furthermore, FROEBEL promotes the importance of age-appropriate risk-taking; climbing walls and ropes and a challenging rope climbing equipment from “Berliner Seilfabrik” have been integrated in the design. 

all images: © Martin van der Wal 

“Creating this special place for children has been a matter of heart for everyone involved – Team FROEBEL Australia, our fantastic and incredibly creative architects Silvester Fuller and our diligent builder MPA Projects, says Caroline Koch, HR & Office Coordinator at FROEBEL.

For more information about FROEBEL St Leonards and to join the Waiting List, please click here or visit their facebook page