Affinity Education Group expands across Sydney

Affinity Education Group has announced the acquisition of nine established childcare centres in the metro Sydney region, bringing the group total to 167 centres nationally.

Affinity CEO Tim Hickey said the purchase of part of the Little Zak’s centres reflected the group’s commitment to providing high-quality play-based early education.

“Little Zak’s Academy’s are a respected childcare brand in Sydney and we’re very glad to welcome these centres to our Affinity family,” Mr Hickey said.

Located in Artarmon, Belrose, Dundas Valley, Epping, Ingleburn, Meadowbank, North Strathfield, Rosebery and Ryde, the newly purchased centres offer a combined 798 long day care places. Tony Condon has been appointed as General Manager and Rachel Scarlett as Operations Manager for all nine centres.

“We look forward to maintaining and strengthening the offer in the Little Zak’s Centres, and bringing to the centres Affinity's focus on quality education for the children,” Mr Condon said.

The flagship Artamon centre – a three-level purpose-built facility – includes large open plan spaces with indoor and outdoor activity areas and offers 206 licenced places.

Facilities at each of the nine centres include catered meals prepared by chefs, yoga, music, and sports classes, and a wide variety of incursions and excursions. All centres run curriculum programs based on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework.

Mr Hickey said the centres would continue to operate under the Little Zak’s brand for a period of time, with a future re-brand to be planned in consultation with key stakeholders. All existing staff at each centre have been offered identical employment contracts with Affinity Education Group. 

The Affinity Learning Academy, a dedicated internal educational experience network devoted to helping Affinity’s early childhood teachers, educators and Centre Manager achieve fulfilling careers, will also be open to the newly acquired centres.