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

Sydney Montessori School Long Day Care, Preschool and Primary, 99-107 Manchester Road Gymea 7am to 6pm PH: 9526 3000 enrol now!

Lee's Learning Centre now open!! Immediate start available 

Mayflower Preschool is a community-based preschool for 3-5 year olds, operating 8am-4pm during school terms, and rated Exceeding under the National Quality Standard. We are currently taking enrolments for 2020. Please call 95287763 for more info.    

Young Phoenix Academy  limited vacancies enrol now

Little Blessings Early Learning Centre has limited vacancies in the preschool room 3-5 years. All new enrolments are eligible to receive a $500 credit and pay no enrolment fee.  Be quick!




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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

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
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 Care

JULY 2019

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 we have some useful advise from, entitled  Breaks, Fractures & First Aid.   Helpful information should you find yourself confronted with such situation and have to diagnose a broken or fractured arm.

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


Play Safe Learning is a 40 place centre that is open between the hours of 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday. We open all year round apart from Public Holidays. All our educators are qualified and have many years of experience in the industry. We offer an extensive school readiness program, nutritious hot meals and extra-curricular activities including language classes, dancing and sports which is all inclusive in our very competitive daily fee. 

Play Safe Learning are proud to be a family run centre who like to make learning fun for all children and allow them to follow their interests whilst in our care.  As we believe the centre should be an extension of home, we invite our families to communicate with us their children’s routines so we can make the child’s transition to care as easy as we can.  Contact us for more information.  

Lee's Learning Centre  NOW OPEN!!!  We are excited to announce our newly purposed built Educational Long Day Care centre at 121 Waratah street, Kirrawee is now open and taking enrolments.

At our small 36 place family operated centre, we are committed and proud to provide our children with:

  • The best care in a safe and happy environment, along with preschool program delivered from our Early Childhood Teacher.
  • Highly qualified and passionate Educators
  • Fresh, healthy and nutritious multicultural meals prepared by our full time Chef
  • Nappies, wipes and bedding provided for all age groups
  • Operating 50 weeks per year
  • Opening hours 7:30am – 6:00 pm Monday - Friday
  • High staff to child ratios across all age groups
  • We are walking distance from Sutherland North primary school with plenty of parking on the premises
  • Beautiful outdoor natural environment for children to explore

Please feel free to visit any time if you would like a tour of our centre!  Or visit to join our Kirrawee waiting list or contact us on 9545 4088

Koorana Child & Family Services provide integrated early education and intervention services for children's growth and needs.   Koorana supports all children aged 0-18 years in the Sydney area. 

Koorana offers a range of intervention and therapy services delivered by:   

•    Occupational therapists; 
•    Speech pathologists; 
•    Physiotherapists; 
•    Behaviour Support Specialists; 
•    Psychologists;  
•    Specialist teachers and; 
•    Social Workers.   

At Koorana you will have access to an expert team of experienced therapists who will work together on a transdisciplinary (children aged 0 – 6 years) or multidisciplinary (young people aged 7 – 18 years) approach to deliver the best possible outcomes for your child.  Koorana are a registered NDIS provider and can process Medicare treatment plans as well as private health fund rebates.

No referral is needed to access Koorana’s services. Families can simply contact us on (02) 8321 9600 to speak to one of our friendly intake officers.  

Mima Counselling Services is a team of experienced child and family therapists including Accredited Mental Health Social Workers, Child and Family Therapists and Counsellors.

We see children aged between 3 -12 years, adolescents and their parents/caregivers for individual counselling, sibling counselling, parent coaching, therapeutic group work, parent/child dyadic work and family work.

We will work closely with you the parent/caregiver as the expert of your child to address your concerns and how to help your child whether they are experiencing social and emotional difficulties, bumps in the road and childhood trauma.

We can assist with the following issues:

  • Fears and worries
  • Bed wetting
  • Sleep issues including nightmares
  • Fussy eating and meal routine struggles.
  • Separation anxiety
  • Social skills and how to make and keep friends
  • Bullying at preschool or primary school
  • School refusal 
  • Behavioural Problems including tantrums and meltdowns, frustration, angry and/or aggressive outburst. 
  • Regulation of these big feelings
  • Sadness, withdrawal and feeling bad about themselves
  • Shyness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Coping with separation and divorce
  • Sibling conflict
  • Blended Family issues
  • Transitioning to preschool, big school and high school

If you are not sure if your child would benefit from counselling please contact us to discuss

Bringing Up Great Kids  Mindful Parenting For Parents of Children ages 4-6 years.  Learn how to support your child to be happy and confident as they transition from preschool to big school.
Tuesdays 6.30-8pm 30th July, 6th, 20th, 27th August and 3rd September at Menai  Contact: Sara or Natasha on 0481088537 email   Facilitated by experienced child and family counsellors.   Small group, limited spots, possible medicare rebates with GP referrals

If you are not sure if your child would benefit from counselling please contact us to discuss

Bita's Family Day Care, Sylvania (quick turn off from Princes Hwy).  Open Monday to Friday 7:30 am -5.00 pm.   Ages catered for: 6 weeks to 5 years. (small group of only 4 kids each day).  I am a Family Day Care Educator since 2001 & been nominated for National Childcare Educator of the year since 2011 every year till present.

I have set up my day care in a separate big room for indoor play area, which gives the opportunity for children to make choices and direct their own interaction with the learning environment and also the children have access to the good size back yard with outdoor activities.   Registered with Sydney Wide Family Day Care. Eligible families are able to claim the child care subsidy.

Please contact me for more information.

Footsteps Early Learning Centre, Woolooware is open 7.00am – 6pm Monday – Friday and operates for 50 weeks per year.   We are a long day care centre licensed for 29 children per day. We cater for children aged from 6 weeks – 5 years of age. Children are welcome to attend any number of days that are required; we do not have a minimum or maximum number per week.

We split our centre into 4 groups, 0-2 year olds, 2-3 year olds, 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year olds. In doing this we are able ensure that all children are with children their own ages and programs are developmentally appropriate for each group. We operate with a higher staff to child ratio than recommended by the Education and Care Services National Regulations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child at all times.

Contact us for more information or to join our waitlist.

Jannali Before & After School Care is located in the grounds of Jannali Public School.     Before school, After school and Vacation care is available.

JBASC is committed  to providing a quality, fun and educational program that develops a sense of belonging and allows children to choose how some of their time will be spent at BASC.   Jannali BASC offers a safe, comfortable, caring, and happy environment with acceptance and support, to nurture the development and uniqueness of every child. 

Our program is child orientated and flexible in order to respond to individual needs and spontaneous learning moments in an environment that encourages children’s choice. 

We have children from many schools attend our fantastic vacation care program which encourages friendships across schools and new friendships to grow.  Parents have commented that they have loved the fact that their children have made new friends outside their own children’s school and they have commented that the activities we provide are excellent.   Contact us for more information.

Kathy's Family Day Care, Como open 7am to 5pm – Monday to Thursday.  I am a registered educator with Approved Service Provider, Sydney Wide Family Day Care.  As a registered Educator with an Approved Provider you are eligible for Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR).

I have the capacity to enroll a maximum of four children under the age of five years, plus three school age children for before and after school care or vacation care per day.   I have previously been registered with Sutherland Council for the past 18 years, but have now joined a new approved scheme of Sydney Wide Family Day Care, which is offering a child focused and holistic approach to childcare.

I offer an extensive school ready program. Six monthly development assessments on all children, which are available for you to review.  I encourage all parents to give feedback and any suggestions for ideas to add to their child’s daily activities and learning.  I have guided many children from toddlers to independent school age children.  Many children come back for after school care and vacation care.

The uniqueness of Family Day Care means I can also offer activities such as a walk to the park or corner shop to buy an ice block on a hot day.  I can also offer the comfort and flexibility of a home environment for those children that might find themselves lost in a center- based environment.  Play session and incursions are also on offer, which provides your child with the opportunity to be part of a larger group to enhance their social interactions.  For more information please contact me.

45 Karimbla Road Early Learning Centre is a 45 place centre located in Miranda. We operate 50 weeks of the year and are open from 7:30am - 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, closing for 2 weeks over the Christmas and New Year period and Public Holidays.

Our fees are inclusive of healthy and nutritious meals (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). Each child is also provided with a backpack, hat, bed sheets and USB portfolio included in the enrolment fee. 

At Karimbla Early Learning Centre we have a commitment to providing the highest quality care and education for children aged between 6 weeks and 6 years. Our educators are passionate, highly qualified and work full time to ensure consistency and stability within each age group. 

Our purpose built facilities and ample resources promote an educational environment where the children learn and develop skills and freely explore experiences.

Our programs are designed to be flexible allowing every child to develop at their own pace and to reach their full potential. Our educational programs aim to provide learning environments that encourage each child’s unique learning style in a warm, friendly and supportive surrounding.
Please contact us to arrange a tour or discuss your childcare needs on 9525 8818 or by email

Sylvania Waters Early Education   Our centre is privately owned by local people who care about young families and who know the importance of providing support to children and their parents in these early years.  The centre prides itself on providing High Quality Care and Educational Programs for children aged 6 weeks-5 years.

The Centre itself is a state of the art purpose built centre and is open between the hours of 7.00am-6.00pm, Monday-Friday, 50 weeks per year.

Because positive relationships have such a lasting effect on a young child's life, we aim to care and nurture your child while building strong relationships and communication with you.

We look forward to meeting you and your child and discussing your child care needs, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email or phone or drop in at any time.

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:

Looking for a loving, safe and fun small group learning environment for your little one?

Join Sutherland Shire Council at a Family Day Care Childcare Information Session: 9.30am, Saturday 27 July.


Learn about the benefits of Family Day Care, meet their Educators and hear from a parent about their family's care experience.

More than 200 children are currently enjoying small group care, nurturing environments & personalised play-based learning programs offered by Council’s 26 local Educators.

A parent recently said their Family Day Care Educator "has been an amazing part of my child's life. The environment, play equipment, educational program and care is just outstanding. I'm not sure as a parent I could've done better for him. We are so happy we found our Educator and she is able to care for my son in such an incredible way."

Ready to Read Community Literacy Program School Holiday Program
Ready to Read Community Literacy Program will be offering a short holiday program during the 2019 July school holidays. This program is designed for children who are starting school in 2020, as well as those who currently attend classes (as revision).

The holiday program will provide an introduction to literacy skills, including:

  • Phonics / phonemic awareness
  • Phonological awareness (rhyming and syllables)
  • Concepts about print and sentence construction
  • Handwriting
  • Blending

This is in addition to the school readiness benefits the program will provide.

Lessons will take place over two days, for two hours each day (total program length four hours); and will be taught by qualified and accredited Ready to Read teachers.

Bookings essential!
Hurstville: Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16 July, 2019. Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Caringbah: Wednesday 17 July and Thursday 18 July, 2019 Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm 
For more information contact
Places are limited – enrol now to secure your child's place!

Talking Heads Speech Pathology    School readiness program registrations are now open! If you would like to support your child’s transition to school let us help you! This small group learning format will help your child;

  • build listening skills
  • strengthen social skills and preparation for school scenarios 
  • develop pre-literacy skills, needed for learning how to read, spell and write

This is a 16 week program, with home activities provided between weeks

Contact the clinic on 9553 1400 to register!

Did you know?! We are multilingual! We have Mandarin, Macedonian, Cantonese, and Hindi speaking Speech Pathologists at Talking Heads! If that is what you and your child need, call us now on 9553 1400...

Talking Heads Speech Pathology
if you are a centre yet to book your Speech Pathology screeners, please email Sonia

Readiness group for parents and carers.   Vision Australia’s Readiness groups have been developed by, and are led by, our specialist staff including:

•             Occupational Therapists
•             Speech Pathologists
•             Assistive Technology Specialists
•             Orientation & Mobility Specialists
•             Counsellors

Education in the early stage of life is the foundation for independence, inclusion and employment.   So much of a child’s learning is through incidental visual learning and occurs with family. Children who experience a vision impairment learn less by watching others and more through fun and accessible play activities.

Vision Australia’s Readiness groups for parents and carers have been specifically developed to help you build the skills and knowledge needed to support your child to be successful in the home environment and the community, now and in the future.

The groups will include educational sessions for parents/carers about the child development areas they identify as important for their children. These sessions will focus on supporting parents and carers to implement key strategies to support their child at home and in the community with life skills, independence and social inclusion.

Click here to find full details or contact Us 1300 847 466 Email


Breaks, Fractures & First Aid

It is all too often that we see children, while playing, fall down and as a result break or fracture their arm, or wrist. Some sage advice from Mary Dawes, Director of First Aid For You – is offered below, should parents find themselves confronted with such situation and have to diagnose a broken or fractured arm.

While there is no doubt you will see your child fall countless times whilst playing, basic first aid has the potential to turn the situation around and identify the extent to a child’s injury.

Remember that although many play areas are covered with soft bedding below, it is still extremely easy for a child who falls from a height break a bone or cause a hairline fracture.
Most fractures occur within the arm because children will often place their hands in front of them to break the fall.

Here is a list of some of the telltale signs that your child has broken a bone;

  • If a snap or loud grinding sound is heard, it is an indication that the child has broken a bone
  • There will be deformity, swelling, bruising and pain around the area that is injured
  • It will be painful for your child to move or place pressure on this area – ‘guarding/ protecting their arm from others touching it or from them using it’

The following steps should be followed, should your child experience a fall, injuring their arm;

  • Immediately remove the child from any danger
  • Check the injured area for swelling, bruising or deformity
  • Never apply pressure to a broken limb- simply keep the limb in a position of comfort
  • Seek medical advice as soon as possible

“Supervision is key to minimising the chances a child having a fall and it only takes a split second for this to happen while a child is busy playing. The severity of the fall your child takes is a big indication to the type of injury in which they may have,” adds Mary.

Do a sight – sweep of all areas of play, looking at the potential hazards and the high places children may jump from before letting your child play.

Educate toddlers and older children of the dangers of jumping from high places and climbing on outdoor equipment. Importantly, explain to children that if they were to fall, they could find themselves in a lot of pain, and they should call for help immediately. Remind them to stay calm, without moving the injured area too much.

Please note, these tips and advice are not substitute for first aid knowledge. A first aid course- especially one dedicated to children’s first aid  - such as the First Aid For Kids course will equip your and your kids with the skills needed in such an emergency and you will be grateful you spent the time learning the vital skills.
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