About Us

Our Philosophy

At Birralee Extended Hours Preschool we believe that each child, family and educator is unique and a valued individual. We embrace diversity and celebrate differences in people. We recognise that each individual’s values, culture and abilities should be acknowledged and celebrated.

We acknowledge that families are the children’s most influential teachers and believe that educators need to work as partners with families to help children reach their full potential.


Our Community

Birralee believes in building strong connections with our families and the community around us.  We actively encourage parents and carers who have particular passions or backgrounds in music, art, crafts, community services, etc to become involved in the activities of the preschool.

We are located in Como West in the Sutherland shire south of Sydney.  There is a carpark directly outside Birralee and we are situated behind the Presbyterian Church.

Our Preschool

The centre began and continues to operate as a family business.  Originally Birralee opened in 1970 and was managed by Nancy Campbell and the hall was built by her husband Jim Campbell.  The current owner and director, Lorna Hughes, began her career in 1970 also at Birralee with her mother, Nancy Campbell.  The Campbell’s ran the centre for more than 10 years before selling it to other community families.  Lorna stayed at the centre for a while longer before moving on in 1981 with a view to expanding her career.

Tragically the original Birralee building was destroyed in the 1994 Como fires.  This event forced the relocation of Birralee to a temporary location.  Birralee Extended Hours Preschool was then rebuilt and reopened in its original location in April 1996.

Lorna has since returned to her beloved Birralee in 2011 as the Director and then in 2012 she purchased the centre – she is now the proud owner of this Kindergarten.

Meet the Team

At all times we have 5 staff members working and caring for the children in our preschool. We are proud to have a higher staff ratio than is required as we believe that every child must have more than optimal care to thrive.


Opening HoursMon to Fri - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Address48a Bindea Street, COMO WEST NSW 2226

Telephone(02) 9528 6975

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