Farm out the children
LITTLIES LOVE CHILDCARE CENTRE’S ANIMALS
SET on more than 3ha off Mamre Rd, Old MacDonald’s Childcare Centre is one of a kind.
A calf, a goat and a herd of sheep are not what you’d expect when dropping off the kids, but this centre has exactly that.
Located opposite the Erskine Park Industrial Es- tate, Old MacDonald’s teaches kids everything from recycling to looking after animals, as well as reading and writing.
From a bike path to a rockclimbing wall and multiple water features, the centre is truly unique, owner Mark Sharp says.
“There is nothing else like this in the area. Kids can get outside and enjoy the outdoors as they often don’t get a chance to otherwise,” Mr Sharp said.
He said idea for the centre came after he relocated a previous business off the site.
“I wanted to do something with the property after we moved and realised our DA certificate allowed for a home daycare centre, then we put it to council and went from there,” he said.
“The planning and designing of the place took more than three years, but now that’s its open the parents and kids just love it.”
Mr Sharp said residents could expect to see more centres opening.
“We definitely want to open up more centres around western Sydney. It is such a big growth area out here with families,” he said.
Owner Mark Sharp, childcare worker Rebecca Rivera and India Wong, 3, with the resident calf.
Thomas Higgins, 4, on the climbing wall.
The bike path.
The centre’s innovative layout.