Our story so far..

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Our story so far..

Handprints ELC started in 2014 with our St Ives service. Within six months of operating our innovative approaches and outstanding education programs had us recognised with the top rating of exceeding the national quality standard.


Handprints was created by Julia, Sally and Andrew McKean based on Julia’s passion for the early childhood industry and her advocacy for a better start for all children in the first five years through quality education and care centres. With St Ives having an extensive waiting list and proving the success we began looking to expand to a second centre as a way of sharing our message and ways.


When 1 Ridgeland Ave, Killara (owned by the Department of Education) went to tender, we put through an application seeing the potential to create a wonderful learning place for the families and children of Killara. In mid January 2016 we found out we were successful and began the process of taking over the operations of our Killara centre. It has thrived since this date with it’s beautiful large yard and ideal location next to the local school.


Handprints Wentworth Point opened in March 2018, and we welcomed a new team of educators and teachers into our community. They have established themselves as part of our Handprints community as they continue to build their vision and enhance children’s capacity to wonder. The centre’s open play spaces and natural environments have been praised by local families. A childcare centre with water views? What more could you ask for! What a relaxing space we have created for children to learn.


The journey continues with our final centre, Handprints Turramurra, opening in 2019. Handprints Turramurra is a perfect community hub with easy access to local transport, markets, community gardens and parklands. Continuing our love at all Handprints centres of excursions and connections with our natural environments and local community. Inside, Handprints Turramurra is full of interesting and innovative learning spaces that inspire children and adults alike to play!