Project Description

Western Sydney University, Early Learning & Teaching Centre, Parramatta Campus


The Western Sydney University (WSU) Early Learning Centre provides essential high quality childcare and early learning with a focus on stimulation in a nurturing environment. Working closely with families, the facility has a passion to create positive places of learning for children aged between six weeks and six years.


JDH Architects had to work closely with the client to address the needs of the child to create a learning environment that was both safe and sustainable while working in alignment with the philosophies of Reggio Emilia. With staff, pupils, residents and families to consider, the challenge in the project lay with managing stakeholders, keeping in close communication with those involved and providing considerate and thoughtful design solutions.


JDH Architects was tasked with designing an innovative 57 place early learning centre for the Parramatta campus of WSU. The new facility comprises of teaching spaces, internal play areas, staff and planning rooms, office and reception areas, and a large outdoor area for learning and exploration for children, providing them with the best learning environment possible.

The aim of the centre was to bring quality childcare to staff, pupils and residents. At the heart of the design is the scale of the child. The building footprint wraps around an exciting external play area with classrooms accessing directly onto this sunny and accessible outdoor learning space.

The new facility received a WSU Award for Excellence in Sustainability.

“We congratulate all those involved in the design, development and construction of this new facility, which is providing a stimulating and inclusive learning environment for children and is a model of best practice.”

Barney Glover, WSU Vice-Chancellor Professor

Project Details


Architecture, Interior Design




Western Sydney University

Winner of WSU Sustainability Achievement Award