The new council childcare centre in Marrickville, is expected to be completed in early 2018 and will provide care for up to 50 children.
WORK has begun on a new child care centre in Marrickville to help cope with a lack of affordable, quality child care.
The centre, expected to be completed in early 2018, will provide for up to 50 children.
Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson said the council had been in the planning stage of this early learning service for several years.
"We consulted broadly - with the local Aboriginal community and families, educators working in existing child care centres, nearby agencies and relevant community services. I'm told even very young children had a say," he said.
"They were encouraged to draw their great ideas.
"We wanted to know what type of centre the community wanted - inside and out. What it should look like, and the range of services that might be provided."
The centre will have a unique appearance, featuring a series of timber columns supporting the cantilevered roof, inspired by the original forest of the area near the Cooks River.
It will open Mondays to Fridays, 7.30am-6pm, 48 weeks a year.
Located in Steel Park, South Marrickville, it will incorporate multiple environmentally-sound features, including timber frames and solar water heating.
Former Mayor of Marrickville, Sam Iskandar, said he was pleased that the commitment to quality childcare services was being honoured by the new Inner West Council.
"There are too many families on the council's childcare waiting list, and our research shows that demand is only getting higher," he said.