Connect Preschool Engadine limited vacancies enrol now for 2019
Engadine Kindy Castle  limited vacancies enrol now

Kindy Fun Caringbahare taking enrolments for the rest of this year and wait list for 2020
Lee's Learning Centre ENROL NOW and receive TWO weeks of free childcare!!!
New Family incentive!  Enrol and start before 30th of September 2019 to receive two weeks of free childcare. Terms and conditions apply**  Contact us to discuss today.

Mayflower Preschool  is taking enrolments for 2020. Come and join us at our preschool for 3-5 year olds during school terms, open from 8am -4pm. Rated Exceeding under the National Quality Framework. Please call 95287763 for more information

Taren Point
Kindy Fun  are taking enrolments for the rest of this year and wait list for 2020



Clear View Academy
Our 1st Birthday and Open day event
Saturday 19th October from 11am till 2pm
We will have face painting by Shire face painters as well there will be a reptile show ( time TBC).

We will also have a small market showcasing a few small local businesses for our community to explore and purchase their products.

We will also be holding tours of our wonderful Learning Environments.



This month you have a chance to win a $50 iTunes gift card.

For your chance to win simply email us with your contact details and tell us how you have used our site/facebook to go into the draw to win.  Good luck!







Covering All Areas FDC
All Areas Family Day Care 
Sutherland Shire Council Family Day Care

Alfords Point 
Best Kidz Early Learning Centre

Inaburra Preschool
Spunky Monkeys Early Learning Centre

Barden Ridge
Joanne's Family Day Care, Barden Ridge
Shire Christian School

Caringbah South Preschool Kindergarten
Dianella Street Early Education Centre 
Jacaranda Preschool
Kid'N Around Early Education Centre
Kids at Kindy
Kindy Fun Caringbah
Koala Child Care Centre
Little Darlings Child Care Centre 
Nest Early Learning Centre
Peter Pan Kindergarten 

Caringbah South
Little Blessings Early Learning Centre
Little Shepherd Pre-School Kindergarten

Kathy's Family Day Care, Como

Chiquitos Family Day Care
Little Darlings II Child Care Centre
Waratah Street Early Education Centre

Bullfrog Children's Centre
Caldarra Avenue Early Education Centre 
Connect Preschool Engadine
Engadine Early Learning Centre
Engadine Gumnut Child Care Centre
Engadine Kindy Castle 
Engadine Pre-School Kindergarten
Discover My World Early Learning Centre
Heathdene Preschool 
Play Safe Learning
Play 'n' Around Early Learning Centre 
St George Montessori Early Learning Centre - Engadine

Gymea & Gymea Bay
Gymea Community Preschool 
Gymea Pre-Kindergarten
Little Palace Preschool 
Mighty Kidz Early Learning Centre
Sydney Montessori School
Tom Thumb Kindergarten, Gymea North 

Grays Point
Grays Point Preschool Kindergarten

Hobart Place Early Education Centre
Play 'n' Around Early Learning Centre

Djanaba Occasional Childcare Centre
Jannali Pre-School Kindergarten
Kiran's Family Day Care, Jannali
Mayflower Preschool
Soldiers Road Early Education Centre
The Little Ones Early Learning Centre

Fauna Place Early Education Centre
Julie's Family Day Care

Angel Long Day Care
Fauna Place Early Education Centre
Lee's Learning Centre
Mikarie Child Care Centre 
Orchard Early Learning Centre
Stepping Stones Early Learning Centre
Sue's Family Day Care

Lilli Pilli
Clear View Academy
Lilli Pilli Kindy 

Freckles Early Education Centre Loftus
Loftus Kindergarten & Child Care Centre 

Allison Crescent Early Education Centre
Bradman Road Early Education Centre
Young Phoenix Academy

45 Karimbla Road Early Learning Centre
Bambi 's Family Day Care 
Karimbla Early Learning Centre
Laugh and Learn Early Learning Centre
Miranda Kindergarten
One Step Up Child Care
Papa Bear Child Care Centre
Poppi's Preschool & Long Day Care
Wyralla Road Kindergarten

Oyster Bay
Little Rockers Family Day Care
Oyster Bay Preschool 
The Point Preschool 

Freckles Early Education Centre Sutherland
Moore Street Early Education Centre
Sutherland Shire Council Family Day Care

Bita's Family Day Care, Sylvania 
Canberra Road Early Education Centre
Honeybears Early Learning Centre 
Little Branches Early Education Centre 
Kankinya Preschool
Meredith's Family Day Care, Sylvania 
Rise & Shine Kindergarten Sylvania
Sylvania Waters Early Education 

Taren Point
Kindy Fun

Footsteps Early Learning Centre 
Franklin Road Early Education Centre

Yowie Bay
Yowie Bay Preschool


St George Local Child Care

Parramatta Local Child Care

Liverpool/Fairfield Local Child Care

Camden Macarthur Local Child Care

Western Sydney Local Child Care

Canterbury/Bankstown Local Child Care

Inner West Local Child Care

Eastern Suburbs Local Child Care

Ryde/Eastwood Local Child Care
Hills Local Child Care

North Shore Local Child Care

Northern Beaches Local Child Care

Illawarra Local Child Car


Welcome to the Sutherland Local Child Care & Services Directory newsletter.

This month we welcome

Read all about these great services below.

Be sure to check out all our Detailed Listings to find all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family when selecting child care.

This month’s parent resource is entitled “Wondering how you can help prepare your preschooler to learn how to read, spell and write?” brought to you by Sonia Bestulic.  Children’s Author, Founding Director Speech Pathologist from Talking Heads Speech Pathology and Podcaster of Chatabout Children.

WIN, WIN... a $50 Itunes Gift Card.  To enter simply like us/share on facebook and then email us to go into the draw to win.


Clear View Academy is a boutique Early Learning Centre situated in Lilli Pilli.
Our centre caters for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years of age and is conveniently located directly across from Lilli Pilli Public School.
The architecturally designed and purpose built centre provides state of the art facilities that will allow children to explore, discover and achieve their full learning potential through our individualised learning programs focusing on a holistic approach for the children including a focus on their interests and needs.
Clear View Academy provides High Quality Education and care through our environments, our programs and our highly qualified experienced Educational Team.
We provide all meals, nappies and extra activities for all children. We will be offering a development program for allied health professional support, centering around children's physical and emotional well being.
Our hours of operation are 7:00am till 6:00pm Monday to Friday 52 weeks of the year.   Contact us for more information.

Djanaba Occasional Childcare Centre
Located at Jannali, Djanaba Occasional Childcare Centre offers  a variety of indoor and outdoor play experiences in the purpose built facility. Djanaba is staffed by qualified childcare educators, and provides families with the flexibility to leave children in an early childhood learning environment on days and hours that best meets their needs, sometimes with short notice.  

We are one of few services that offer an under 2 years facility in a small and caring environment. We offer regular placements, as well as spaces on an "as needed" basis available.

Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8am - 4pm, $10 per hour per child, with a 3 hour minimum visit.   Contact us for more information.

Sutherland Shire Council Family Day Care
Family Day Care offers babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers a loving, fun, safe and educational small group environment.

Our 26 highly qualified and carefully selected Family Day Care Educators work from their own homes, providing an outstanding level of care and education to four children under school age.

The children develop a close connection with their Educator and strong friendships with other children also in care. Our team of Educators provide very warm and nurturing environments, maintain close connections and communication with families, and prepare their daily programs specifically for the needs and milestones of each child in care.

More than 200 children currently enjoy the benefits of Council’s Family Day Care service.

Families tell us they value consistency - they arrive at care and are greeted by one Educator who knows their child well. Families also receive detailed information about their child's day - the activities they engaged in, their learning areas of focus and how their child is building their strengths. It's a level of personalised service unique to Family Day Care.

All of Council’s Educators hold formal early childhood qualifications and are extremely passionate about childhood development. Family Day Care operates under the same national regulations and educational frameworks as other forms of approved childcare. The Child Care Subsidy applies to eligible families. 

Our Family Day Care program has been caring for and educating local children for more than 40 years.

Contact us for more information. 

Sutherland Shire Family Services  (SSFS) provides over 15 support programs designed to strengthen the capacity of families within our community, particularly those who have been impacted by disadvantage, violence and trauma. 

Our programs include services for families including a range of parenting support, which includes youth & family caseworkers, supported playgroups, occasional childcare service, specialised parenting education and therapeutic programs, our youth centre- Engadine District Youth Service (EDYS) and a range of Aboriginal support services.  All of our family support services are provided free of charge to our clients.

We also are the leading provider of specialist domestic violence support & education services in the Shire, including our Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (24-hour Crisis Service), the Southern Sydney Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, the Love Bites school education programs, Industry and Community training programs such as Toolbox Talks and our Pull Ya Head In Campaign. While our individual support services are free, we do charge a nominal training fee to corporate customers for specialist DV training.

Contact us for more information.

Childcare Vacancies!   Call Sutherland Shire Council if you are seeking a high quality childcare position, or are unhappy with your current service. Ph 9710 0466.

Vacancies are currently available for children age 2-5 years in some of their Early Education Centres, and across a range of ages in Family Day Care.

Council’s website is your one-stop childcare destination. Learn about why quality childcare is important, see current vacancies, find out about centre tours, view photos of every service and apply for care online:

Did you know that Mummymetime is a Government Approved In Home Childcare Provider? That means that we have the honour and privilege of helping even more families in the Sutherland Shire & surrounding Sydney regions through in home Childcare with rebated fees. For any families that are struggling please contact Centrelink to see if you are eligible for In Home Care so we can help you, or go to our website for more information.

At Mummymetime we provide care by highly qualified & experienced staff. We work when other centres are closed, providing experienced, qualified Carers in your own home & to take your children to activities. We specialise in supporting emergency service workers, and shift workers. If daycare or preschool isn’t working for your family due to the inflexible hours or ongoing sickness, in home childcare will enable you to continue to meet your work commitments while your child receives high quality care. Whether you’re looking for a nanny, a babysitter or pregnancy support, we have you covered from just 2 hours to as long as you need.

What sets Mummymetimeapart? All of our Carers are highly experienced and qualified with training in Early Childhood, Education, or Medical professions so the most important people in your life are ALWAYS in safe hands.

  • All Carers have First Aid Training
  • Specially trained Carers are available for special needs
  • All Carers have working with children and police checks

At Mummymetime we don’t just Care for children, we Care for the whole family. Don’t take our word for it – check out the reviews from happy clients on our website or Facebook page. To find out more or make a booking, contact Leanne day or night:  or 0415 402 133.

Learning Links
Prep 4 Preschool at Learning Links Oatley is a is a gentle introduction to supporting and promoting your child’s learning in a small group setting. The supported playgroup provides a relaxed, safe and engaging environment where play activities are tailored to enhance the development of each child. Our professional and experienced Early Childhood Educators and Therapists are available to provide information and support to help your child communicate, move and play – in preparation for a smooth transition to preschool. You will also have opportunities to meet other families and for your child to learn alongside other children.

Prep 4 Preschool is suitable for families with a child aged from 2 years with additional needs, or who are facing difficulties regarding their child attending an early learning. Siblings are welcome to attend.

To find out more about our playgroup at Learning Links Oatley, please contact Melissa on 0433 548 350 or email You can place your child’s name on the Prep 4 Preschool waitlist via the Learning Links website:


Wondering how you can help prepare your preschooler to learn how to read, spell and write?

Ensuring your child has good speech and language skills is important. Also of critical importance is laying down some foundations for learning literacy at school.

So – be inspired and get ready to have some fun with the following activities!

Syllable Counting is learning how to break words up into their smaller parts. For example; “birthday” has two syllables, “birth/day”. “caterpillar” has four syllables, “cat/er/pil/lar”. Don’t forget the one syllable words such as “chair”.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to activities to build skills in counting syllables; here are a few ideas… ensure to make it enjoyable!

Get physical – clap it out… or skip, jump, hop!
Get musical – toy drums, guitars, keyboards, maracas etc… Are great to tap, strum, play, shake to the beat of the syllables.
Name items you can see in the room of a house, or whilst in the car, and count out the syllables.
Build a tower- take turns counting syllables using blocks; and build a tower as you go; the tallest tower wins.
Syllable word lists can be found easily on the Internet – practice counting syllables in words with 1-4 syllables.
If you aren’t sure where to break words up, remember that every syllable has a vowel sound.

Rhyming is a great way to teach your child new words and get them to think about how words can relate to each other.  It sets the foundation for your pre-schooler to learn about word families and the different sounds that letters can make. Rhyming words have a repetition of similar sounds e.g. rocket/ pocket; pie/ sky. Some activities include;

Sharing books that rhyme – the most obvious start! As your child gets to know the book; have them complete the sentence for you (fill in the missing word). You can make this fun, by substituting a nonsense rhyming word, and have your child give you the correct version.

On the go – point to items wherever you are, and take turns thinking of rhyming words. E.g. “tree… see!”

Place items on a table, have your child select the word that best completes your sentence E.g. If items include rock, hat, toy, ball; you then make up a sentence – “There was a large cat, who wore a large…???”

Roll a ball to each other, exchanging rhyming words with each turn.

Sing nursery rhymes!

Even if your pre-schooler comes up with a nonsense word, it’s okay, you just want them to get the idea behind how rhyming works.

Hearing the first and last sound in a word

Be sure to focus on the sounds heard (rather than letter names). For example; “Can hear a ‘ssss’ sound in ‘sun’? What else can we think of that starts with ‘sssss’“?

Use family names/ photos
Story books
Sound Scrapbook – create a collage of all things starting with a certain sound e.g. “m” page, “s” page etc…
Hearing the last sound can be trickier…

You may give a visual cue, and emphasise the final sound as you say it. E.g. “Room” (whilst pointing to your lips)

Remember to be clear when talking about sounds vs letters to your child. E.g. The letter ‘s’ makes a ‘sssss’ sound etc.

Sounding out words

This is not about the spelling of the words– it is about sounds!

Pre- Kindy; focus on words structures that have 2-3 sounds E.g. ‘go’  (‘g’ – ‘o’) and ‘cat’ (‘c’ – ‘a’ – ‘t’). With a word like ‘shoe’, there are 2 sounds, ‘sh’ – ‘oe’.

Use visual cues

Coloured counters
Objects such as blocks
Use movement; steps, jumps, tapping, pointing, whilst saying each sound.
When ready, incorporate practice visually scanning LEFT to RIGHT with objects such as the counters, blocks.

I may as well say it again – HAVE FUN! – That is how kids (and adults) learn best! 

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