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Orchard Early Learning Centres exists to prepare children for a life of learning and wellbeing.

To do so, we bring a new approach to child care and early learning in Australia. Based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, children learn through discovery and play.

Our aim is for children to develop skills as discoverers, learners and thinkers – having fun while engaging thoughtfully and inquisitively with the ever-expanding world around them.

Our approach to care and learning is delivered by highly trained early childhood educators with skills that go beyond certification. The approach is delivered within state of the art, architecturally designed and purpose-built facilities. Buildings, furnishings and the landscaped outdoor spaces all combine to provide a natural environment for discovery, learning and growth.

Beyond the attention we provide to children, we understand that parents are our customers. We believe they deserve a high quality of customer service, communication and simplicity that makes things easier for them to keep up with their busy lives. Furthermore, we place importance on the interaction between educators, children and families - to create a community where like-minded families come together to share and celebrate their child’s experiences.

There is nothing more important for your child than being safe, cared for and nurtured. And there is no better way for a child to prepare for life ahead, than by developing the ability to learn.

It starts with us here at Orchard Early Learning Centre.

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Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture.

Loris Malaguzzi


We're proud of our people.

Si Ning Koh


Master of Education, Special Education

Koh is the Director of the Orchard Early Learning Centre Nursery. She brings a great wealth of academic qualifications and international experience. Koh’s career history includes Mentor Teacher at Pat’s School House - a Singapore based centre highly regarded for the quality of its curriculum. Her experience in Australia includes Educational Leader at SDN Children’s Services and has delivered Hanen language training programs for educators. Koh believes that every moment with a child has a reason. That learning begins in infancy and that combining the highest standards of care with a strong curriculum enables children to feel safe and secure, and develop a real sense of their individual identify.


Kathleen Battersby


Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood

Kathleen is the Director of Orchard Early Learning Preschool. She has worked in early education for 15 years with seven years management experience. Kathleen is an advocate of children learning through play in preparation for school and a life-long desire for discovery and learning. In addition to her teaching qualifications, she has Diplomas in Leadership and Community Services. Her experience also includes early intervention work for children with special needs and disabilities. Kathleen was raised and currently lives in Sutherland Shire with her family.



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