Young Phoenix Academy is a play-based long day child care service that caters to the early education and care needs of children aged six weeks to six years.
Our mission is to provide our students with exceptional early learning experiences that ignite a love of learning as a positive foundation for future growth. This mission is reflected in our Ignite Philosophy which guides our intentional teaching principles and practices.
These are a few reasons why families choose Young Phoenix Academy as their early education provider:
- The Ignite Philosophy embraces each child’s unique learning style and interests to ignite a love of learning.
- Our team engage in intentional teaching practices to maximise children’s learning and engagement.
- We take a holistic approach to guide each child’s early learning journey, partnering with them to develop their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical abilities in a way that best suits them.
- Outstanding classroom environments with diverse opportunities for open-ended play, curated learning experiences, and project-based learning.
- Exceptional facilities and outdoor learning spaces that invite children to explore all facets of their world.
Contact us for more information.
Angel Long Day Care is a purpose built 45 place long day care centre.
Operation Hours are 7am-6pm, 50 weeks per year (two week closure over the Christmas period) The Nest caters for children aged 0-2 years (12 babies per day) The Explorer Room caters for children aged 2-3.5 years (13 children per day) The Inventor Room caters for children aged 3.5-5 years (20 children per day) The centre provides all meals through a catering company called Kids Gourmet Foods. Nappies are also provided by the centre. Contact us for more information.
Loftus Kindergarten & Child Care Centre offers the best quality care to children from the ages 0-6 years. We are located in the Sutherland Shire, in the suburb of Loftus walking distance to all local transport. Our opening hours are from 7:15am to 6:00pm.
At Loftus Kindergarten we take pride in assisting the children to build the foundation for lifelong learning, health, success and wellbeing. We do this by implementing quality educational programs based on the Early Years Learning Framework. Our Centre also provides a preschool program to assist your child to transition into school with confidence. Not only do the Educators focus on learning the but also self help skills which we believe is a must when preparing for school. Contact us for more information.
Jannali Pre-School Kindergarten is a community-based, not-for-profit centre located 150 metres from Jannali train station. We pride ourselves on our nurturing environment, high quality teaching and innovative enquiry-based program. Every year we set our fees as low as possible whilst ensuring we maintain the highest quality and consistency of our loyal teaching staff.
Our preschool community is made up of children, parents and staff. We all work together to create a place where children thrive, have fun and learn the many vital skills they need to transition to school and beyond. This includes partnerships with our local schools and learning support services.
The Preschool has been awarded the rating of ‘Exceeding’ in all 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standards.
Our program is for 3-6 year olds, however based on community interest and our priority of access policy, we can enrol children from 2.5 years. The community need for this younger program can change from year to year.
Opening Hours 8am -4pm. Contact us for more information.
Lilli Pilli Kindy We are open from 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday, 49 weeks of the year. We cater for 24 children aged from 2-5 years. Lilli Pilli Kindy is a privately owned centre and is licensed by the Department of Community Services.
The centre provides all meals, so there is no need to pack any food for your child/ren. Lilli Pilli Kindy has an open door policy. We welcome you to the Centre throughout the day to share in the experiences your child is participating in. Parents are a very important part of the Kindy and your interest in the Kindy's program is appreciated and encouraged.
We aim at all times to provide the highest standard of care and education for your child. Contact us for more information.
Papa Bear Child Care Centre for infants aged 0-5 years
Bear Child Care are excited to introduce our newest centre, Papa Bear Child Care! The Sutherland Shire is a new area for the family, but we are really excited to start this new chapter with you. Beneath Papa Bear will be our new Family Play Centre, The Play Cave, which will compliment and support the families of Bear Child Care Centres. Knowing how particular we are about providing high quality in a caring environment at our centres, you will find the same exceptional service at The Play Cave.
Papa Bear is our largest child care centre, licensed for 84 children/day, between the ages of 0yrs-5yrs, with operating hours of 7am-6pm approx. 50 weeks per year, closing at no charge to families over the Christmas/New Years period.
Whilst externally Papa Bear is within a large building, you will still find internally that real warm home-like setting here. Papa Bear is an air-conditioned building with security intercom for parental access. For more information visit www.bearchildcare.com.au
Southern Institute of Early Learning & Leadership (SIELL) is all about supporting the professional and personal development of quality educators and leaders within the early childhood profession. We believe in providing training through:
• A range of self-paced learning
• Quality workplace training
• A dedicated mentor and trainer
• Providing real time feedback and development opportunities
• A nurturing and dynamic environment
Our courses are inspired by our desire to provide quality training that prepares you to be the best educator you can be within an early childhood setting. You'll be provided with an opportunity to work with educators of various qualifications (including degree qualified Early Childhood Teachers) and with children aged 0-6 years. Study Online or Face to Face! 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. Vacancies in Family Day Care are also available across a range of ages.
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: www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/childcare
Childcare Information Session For Parents
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 4 May & 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."
Here at Wyralla Road Kindergarten, Miranda we are excited to announce that we recently received an EXCEEDING rating under the Assessment and Rating process. We would like to congratulate our amazing educators and families as without them we would not have been able to receive this fantastic result.
A big thank you goes to Carissa Blizard and Melissa Robins (co-directors) for their continual hard work and support in creating this beautiful space for children to come and learn and play.
Menai Swim Academy came about by a local family who realised the need for an aquatic facility in the Menai area. The family had extensive swimming background, which spread across generations. The involvement with competitive swimming at national levels in a number of disciplines gave the family the knowledge to create a unique teaching methodology which achieves maximum results.
The centre was established in July 2000 and as a privately owned swim school we try to keep a personal persona with every customer. Over the years the centre has grown and we offer the local community the below aquatic activities.
- Learn to Swim
- Squad Training
- Pool Parties
- Aqua Aerobics
- First Aid and Resuscitation
We believe we are in the business of saving lives. Learning how to enjoy the water is a must in Australia so play it safe and learn to swim. Contact us today.
Talking Heads Speech Pathology New Children’s Book Announcement – Our Founding Director and Senior Speech Pathologist, Sonia Bestulic is releasing her second Children’s Picture Book!! Her books are super valuable, as her writing includes language features specifically designed to build attention, interaction, oral language and pre-literacy skills. Purchase or pre-order now at www.bigskypublishing.com.au/sonia-bestulic/
NOW AVAILABLE - Boost your child’s language skills with our free PDF guide on interactive book sharing; www.chataboutchildren/products/
Is your child fussy when it comes to food? Talking Heads Speech Pathology can help, with clinicians that have specific training to assist you! One of our long standing Speech Pathology team members, Angela Stankovsa has now opened availability to assist with fussy feeding!
Gran Nannies We are not your usual Babysitting Nanny Agency.
We are a boutique Introduction and Booking Agency specializing in placing caring experienced women, possessing deep life experience with families. Our special Gran Nannies have had several years of experience raising their own families and now wish to help you with yours. They have the experience that only years of spending time with their very own children can offer.
Our lovely Gran Nannies are of mature age and we cater to the Sutherland Shire district only. They are flexible and happy to help for just a few hours a day, which is perfect for working parents who need school pick ups, afternoon snacks for the children and dinner to be made. Our Gran Nannies look forward to caring for your children and allowing you the peace of mind to return to work, attend that social function or simply enjoy that much-deserved night out knowing that your children are in extremely capable hands and enjoying themselves as well. We also offer Overnights & Emergency Gran Nannies for that unexpected engagement.
- Casual & Permanent Placements
- Mothers Helper
- Emergency Sitters
- Overnight Stays
- New Years Eve Sitters
All of our Nannies are intensively screened, trained and carry current First Aid Certificates, have Working with Children Checks and personal Nanny Insurance for peace of mind. And while they help out with light duties our special Gran Nannies are not expected to clean the entire family home or run unreasonable errands. Our Gran Nannies don't text or tweet while they are watching your kids! Contact us for more information.
If your child is showing signs that they struggle with learning, have social, emotional or behavioural issues, or are behind their peers with speech development or fine and gross motor skills, Learning Links is here to help.
We offer a range of assessments, including cognitive/IQ, academic skills, dyslexia, autism, ADHD, behavioural, speech and language, and occupational therapy. Our professionals can determine your child’s strengths, needs, preferred learning style and any appropriate interventions – an important first step in understanding how to best support them.
Following each assessment, you’ll receive a comprehensive written report to outline results as well as recommendations for your child.
Learning Links understands that every child is unique and has different strengths and challenges. That’s why we work closely with each family to provide guidance and the best possible program and opportunities for them to reach their full learning potential now and in the future.
To find out more about assessments, contact our friendly Customer Care team on (02) 8525 8222 or visit www.learninglinks.org.au. Our Peakhurst Learning Centre is located at 12-14 Pindari Rd, Peakhurst NSW 2210.
Frontrunner Learning Centres
Book your free educational assessment with us. Over 21 years helping children get in front stay in front. www.frontrunnerlearningcentres.com.au or 1300 851 065
" I can't do this... I am just too dumb!"
If your child is struggling at school in Maths, Reading, Writing or Homework we can help you.
Life-changing Tutoring Solutions. We focus on your child's motivation, confidence, anxiety, freeing them from the fear of failure, encouraging them to do their best and never give up and helping them to find the love of learning.
Introducing Body Safety & Protective Behaviours – Top Tips for Parents
With around 1 in 5 children being sexually abused before their 18th birthday, it is extremely important that every parent/carer sits down with their child to discuss protective behaviours with their young children. However, most parents feel ill-equipped to do so and are still in the dark about the reality of childhood sexual abuse. Michelle Derrig, child protection advocate and author of protective behaviours picture book ‘Only For Me’ shares her top tips below:
Understand the statistics
Before introducing the topic, it is essential that you understand the reality of childhood sexual abuse. According to the Australian Criminology’s website almost 90% of victims will actually be abused by someone they know and in approximately half of these cases the child will be abused by a family member. The other key point to understand, is that not all childhood sexual abuse is perpetrated by adults, with Bravehearts now quoting that ‘somewhere between 30 to 60% of childhood abuse is perpetrated by another child or young person’. This means that abuse often occurs outside the typical environment you imagine –it could be while children are playing with their peers, on a playdate, at a park, or even whilst at school or their childcare centre.
Provide specific information
To shift the power away from perpetrators, it is important that you don’t just speak in general terms. Instead provide children with specific examples of inappropriate behaviours. For instance:
- Teach children that it is wrong for anyone to take a photograph of their private parts or show them any images of private parts on any sort of device.
- Teach children that it doesn’t matter if someone tells them that it’s a game, rewards them, or gives them treats or gifts – it is still not ok.
- Highlight that these rules apply no matter the person’s age, gender, status in the community, or their relationship to the child i.e. friend, family or stranger.
- Empower them with the knowledge that they can say ‘no’ at any point that someone’s touch doesn’t feel right - including kissing, stroking, cuddling, snuggling or tickling.
- Help children to understand the physical cues which may indicate that they’re feeling uncomfortable. i.e. sweaty palms, butterflies in their tummy, feeling sick.
- Identify that abusive behaviour is never a secret, even if someone threatens them, or if they think they are to blame;
- Remind children that no matter what, abusive behaviour is never their fault and that they won’t be in trouble.
Practice responding to unsafe situations
Initially, get the children to practice saying ‘no’ in a loud voice; for those aged 3+, also get them to practice a sentence like ‘don’t do that – I don’t like it’. If dealing with older school aged children, you should also provide them with an alternate method to extricate themselves from a situation e.g. saying that they need to go to the toilet, or they think they can hear mum calling.
Develop their network of trust
Help children identify five trusted adults that they could go to, if they were ever worried, or if someone did the wrong thing. Reinforce that nothing is ever so awful that they can’t tell someone about it; and that if they did tell someone and the adult didn’t help them, then they must keep on telling until someone does.
For further information about having protective behaviour conversations with young children, or to learn about Michelle’s Parent Workshops, you can visit www.onlyforme.com.au