A new architect-designed early learning centre is being opened in Hazelbrook to serve as a childcare centre for the Lower Blue Mountains Community.

Designed by JDH Architects, one of the childcare industry’s most innovative architectural firms, the new Hazelwood Early Childhood Centre has been created in collaboration with centre operators Connect Child and Family Services, the Blue Mountains City Council and various local stakeholders. JDH Architects’ brief for the project was to design a high quality, sustainable, progressive and innovative facility accommodating children of all abilities.

Jayne Harrison from JDH Architects explains their architectural sensibilities aim to create childcare environments that make children feel happy, safe and nurtured, while promoting stimulation, wonder and excitement. Featuring a flexible and accessible design, the Hazelwood Early Childhood Centre incorporates fun indoor and outdoor spaces that support the uniqueness of every child and enable childcare workers to nurture that individuality.

The newly developed Hazelwood Early Childhood Centre in the Blue Mountains is one of 38 centres constructed in priority locations across Australia as part of the Early Learning and Care Centres capital works program funded by the Australian Government under the ‘Priority Early Learning and Care Centre Initiative’.

The recent growth in childcare demand in the region has significantly increased the Centre’s relevance. Blue Mountains Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill said that Hazelwood will be an invaluable asset to the community and bring much needed relief for families while easing pressure on local childcare services.

Lil De Bono, Director of Hazelwood Early Childhood Centre is very satisfied with the outcome, saying that JDH have not only met the regulation requirements but also designed a building that has the best interests of the children as its focus, having incorporated ideas from the staff as well as children.

CEO of Connect Child & Family Services, Dr Dianne Jackson added that the new Hazelwood Early Childhood Centre has been a highly successful collaborative partnership between Connect, JDH Architects, Blue Mountains County Council and the Federal Government.

Blue Mountains Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill will officially open the Hazelwood Childcare Centre on Thursday 10th July 2014.