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Childcare Design in Sydney

Opening a brand new centre? Or does your centre just need a new look? The ECE agency can provide you with expert childcare design and fit-out consultations.

Crafting Spaces that Nourish Growth

Based in Sydney, The ECE Agency has been at the forefront of childcare design and builds for over two decades. Specialising in Interior Architecture, our talented interior consultant has meticulously designed and fitted out more than 10 premier services.

What sets us apart? Our distinctive method of intertwining design consultation with architectural planning. We dive deep into both your interior and exterior learning spaces, ensuring optimal traffic flow and efficient use of space. If you already have an architect on board, that’s perfect! We can collaborate seamlessly to guarantee that your childcare centre stands out, not just in aesthetics but in functionality.

Additionally, navigating the often-complex terrain of construction is made smoother with our top-tier project management services, ensuring your vision is brought to life with precision and finesse. Unlock the potential of your learning spaces with The ECE Agency; let’s craft an environment where imagination meets education. Reach out now!

Bringing Vision to Reality with State-of-the-art Childcare Design

Every childcare centre is unique, with its philosophy, ethos, and aspirations. Recognising this, we tailor our interior design services to resonate with your centre’s distinct essence. Whether you’re looking to revamp a single learning environment or overhaul the entire service, we’re here to assist. Our forte lies in interpreting your vision, aligning it with educational theories such as Reggio Emilia, and manifesting it into the physical realm of learning environments.

Our extensive suite of services includes overseeing architectural plans for the quintessential childcare design layout, full-scale interior fit-outs, resource audits, and room designs. Additionally, we’re adept at decluttering, repurposing spaces, and adding that touch of charm to interior decoration.

If the outdoors calls out to you, our experts can also redesign outdoor environments, making them both enchanting and educational. While we’re anchored in Sydney, our remote services stretch across Australia, ensuring every childcare centre can benefit from our unparalleled expertise.


How Much Does it Cost to Build a Childcare Centre in Australia?

The cost of building a childcare centre in Australia can vary widely based on a range of factors including location, size, design intricacies, and specific amenities required. On average, you might expect to spend between $1,500 to $3,000 per square metre for construction alone. This means a typical 500 sqm childcare centre could range from $750,000 to $1.5 million, just for building costs. However, this doesn't include costs like land acquisition, permits, architectural and interior design fees, furnishing, play equipment, landscaping, and other related expenses. It's essential to consult with professionals, like The ECE Agency, to get a detailed cost breakdown tailored to your specific project needs.

How Do I Build a Childcare Centre?

Building a childcare centre is a comprehensive process that involves several steps:


  1. Planning & Research: Start by understanding the needs of your local community and the demand for childcare services.
  2. Land Acquisition: Find a suitable location that complies with zoning laws and is accessible for parents.
  3. Licensing & Permits: Ensure you have the necessary permits and licences from local authorities to run a childcare facility.
  4. Design & Architecture: Collaborate with professionals, like The ECE Agency, to design the centre, ensuring optimal traffic flow and efficient use of space.
  5. Construction: Hire a trusted builder or contractor to construct the centre based on the architectural plans.
  6. Interior Fit-out: Design and organise the interior spaces to facilitate effective learning environments. This includes furniture, resources, and decoration.
  7. Safety Checks: Before opening, ensure that the facility meets all safety regulations and standards. This might involve inspections and obtaining certain certifications.
  8. Recruitment: Hire trained and certified staff to operate the childcare centre.
  9. Opening: Once everything is in place, you're ready to open your doors and welcome children into your new childcare centre!


It's essential to work with experienced partners throughout this process, as building a childcare centre is not just about construction, but about creating a safe, nurturing environment for children to grow and learn.

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