Little Palace Preschool 
Boutique Quality Early Childhood Education catering for children from 6 weeks to 6 years We are now taking enrolments for 2020. Email us or Ph: 9525 9080

Tom Thumb Kindergarten, Gymea North  accepting enrolments for 2020 for their two Gymea long day care centres. Family owned and operated, with long term staff and a commended school readiness program. Email  and experience the difference of being apart of the Tom Thumb Family

Lee's Learning Centre enrol now for 2020 and beyond



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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

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
Chantel's Kindergarten Menai
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
Chantel's Kindergarten Sylvania
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


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/carer resource is a brief guide to the Assessment and Rating process under which Child Care services are rated.  If you are like me sometimes it’s very confusing about different ratings and what they mean.  Read more below.

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Chantel's Kindergarten Menai has come to Menai and we are so excited to be able to share our high quality service to the children and families of Menai. Chantel's Kindergarten is a well established service within the Sutherland shire. Chantel's Kindergarten Menai is a small boutique centre with only 27 children per day.

We cater for children aged 2-5 years in a relaxed and happy home-like environment. Here at Chantel's Kindergarten we have a great hand-on learning curriculum that focuses on many areas of your child's development and emerging skills. every care and attention is taken to ensure your child is learning in an environment that embraces their home and community experiences.

We believe that it is important to acknowledge every families unique family dynamics and create a sense of belonging and "family" within our service. Every child is supported to reach their fill potential within a safe and nurturing preschool environment. Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced to ensure all areas of health and safety are met as well as to implement a creative school preparation program. We now offer extended hours of care from 7.30am-5.30pm.

Please contact us to book in a tour of our lovely centre.

Chantel's Kindergarten Sylvania is a well established boutique centre catering for children aged 0-5 years. We are a small 40 place centre providing only the most outstanding care and education in a nurturing and happy environment.

We are proud of our long standing educators with many being with us here at Chantel's Kindergarten for more than 12 years. Our team of educators are passionate, caring and committed to the highest standards of care and education for our children. We provide an environment that reflects each child's interests, home and community experiences.

We promote a program that embraces the power of play focusing on crucial areas such as Literacy Learning, mathematical concepts, imaginative play, physical activity and science and technology. Our teachers utilise an interactive whiteboard as a strategy for teaching and learning. Here at Chantel's Kindergarten we have created a sense of family within our service. We encourage family participation on a daily basis and include our families in every aspect of our curriculum. 

We invite you to contact us to book in a tour of our beautiful service! 

Evolving Minds Counselling provides a safe and comfortable environment with a focus on excellence in the areas of child, adolescent, adult and family counselling using a range of focused psychological strategies including Art and Play based therapy and 'Theraplay'.  

We specialise in:

•    Developmental Trauma
•    PTSD
•    Family Violence
•    Neglect
•    Abuse (Sexual, Physical, Psychological)
•    Self-harm
•    Suicidality
•    Body Image/ Self Esteem / Identity
•    Reparative Parenting 
•    Anxiety
•    Depression

All clinicians are kind, caring and respectful, are registered with the relevant professional bodies and update their qualifications in accordance with these standards.    For further information, please visit or call us on 02 8519 4197.

Kankinya Preschool a private pre-school established in Jan 1970. I hope the following information will be of some help. Kankinya is Aboriginal for ‘affection’.

9.00am – 3.00pm  short day  or 8.00am – 4.00pm  long day 
We offer 2 days or 3 or 4 and 5 day attendance. Program:  Educational and social program designed for school readiness.  Contact us for more information.

Oak Tree Early Learning Centre  is a family owned and operated centre. We are a small boutique service that prides itself on being focused on our children and providing them with quality education and care.  Being a smaller service we are able to provide a truly focused and tailored program based on your child’s interests and development needs.

We cater for children from birth to six years of age and are able to provide long day care hours of 7.00am till 6.00pm for our working parents.  We also pride ourselves on our nutritionally balanced meals all prepared onsite by our qualified cooks.

Other classes we provide include:

  • Music, Dance, Drama and Movement Programs with a specialist music teacher .
  • Gross Motor for improving awareness, balance and coordination. 
  • Munch and Groove, combining music and movement.
  • Yoga Classes for mind, body and health experience that children enjoy.
  • Munch and Move program which was introduced into child care services by Healthy Kids and the NSW Government.  Our educators implement a fun, play-based approach to supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The Munch & Move program fits within the new National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework.

Contact us for more information.

Play 'n' Around Early Learning Centre Engadine

  • Open 50 weeks per year
  • Hours 7:30-6:00pm
  • Ages 2-6yrs
  • Owner Operated
  • CCB/CCR for eligible families
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Parents receive posts on their child's day via Kinderloop App as well as individual and group observations 
  • Located right next door to St John Bosco Primary
  • Nutritious meals provided including a hot lunch.
  • Regular Centre Policy reviews
  • Great orientation program prior to children starting to allow each child to become familiar with the educators and the environment
  • Excellent School Readiness Program that prepares all children for School

Contact us for more information.

Poppi's Preschool & Long Day Care is a family owned business with an aim to provide your children with a comfortable, safe and happy place for them to grow and learn. We aim to provide high quality educational programs based upon the Early Years Learning Framework, drawing on important input from your children and their first educators; you and their family!

Located in Miranda, we provide education and care for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age.   Open from 7.30am to 6pm, 50 weeks of the year, closing for two weeks over Christmas and public holidays. We cater for 43 children per day.     We provide your children with breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea all prepared by our on site cook in a three week rotating menu. We also provide nappies, wipes, sunscreen and hats.

We are dedicated to ensuring that your time with us at Poppi’s Preschool and Long Day Care will leave you feeling like you are part of our family too.  Contact us for more information.

Spunky Monkeys Early Learning Centre Bangor.   Our trademark education and care is catered for children aged 2 to 6 years. With purpose designed facilities, playgrounds, computers, parking and secure premises, Spunky Monkeys Early Learning Centre is the perfect place for children to learn, grow and play.

To find out more please visit us Spunky Monkeys Early Learning Centre - Bangor

Sydney Montessori School is a co-educational, non-denominational school for children ages 0 – 16.  Children learn through the Montessori curriculum while attaining the educational outcomes prescribed by the NSW Educational Standard Authority (NESA) syllabuses.

The school has been registered and accredited by NESA.    Contact us for more information.

Apply Now For Care In 2020
Call Sutherland Shire Council if you are seeking a high quality childcare position, or are unhappy with your current service. Phone 9710 0466. Vacancies are currently available in our Early Education Centres and  Family Day Care services.

If you are seeking a childcare position in 2020, now is the time to apply.

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:

Janine Painter's Occupational Therapy Service Our service provides assessments and therapy to help children develop skills in many areas:

  • play skills and milestone development;
  • fine motor skills including drawing, scissor skills, hand preference;
  • handwriting and pencil grip;   
  • general gross motor co-ordination skills like balance and ball skills;
  • school readiness and pre-academic skills;
  • self care skills like tying laces and fastening buttons;
  • learning and reading skills, including reversals, memory and missing words when reading; and attention and concentration.
  • Registered with private health funds;
  • HCWA service provider for Autism Early Intervention and Better Start Early Intervention
  • Provides services for clients with NDIS funding who are either self-managing  or using a Registered plan management provider.

We work with children from birth to 18years old, with difficulties ranging from minimal handwriting and co-ordination difficulties to specific difficulties associated with autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, attention deficit disorders, developmental delays, neurological conditions and specific syndromes (eg: Down Syndrome).   Individual sessions, group programmes for school readiness in Term 3 and 4 (Miranda only), handwriting groups in the school holidays (Miranda only), and child care and preschool screenings are available.

Therapy services available at:
Main Address: Suite 3 /14-16 Central Rd, Miranda   Open Days: Monday-Saturday         Ph: 9524 2566

Therapy and assessments are also available on Monday and Wednesday at Suite 1, 836 Military Road, Mosman. (within the offices of Mosman Language and Learning Centre)  Contact phone number for enquiries and bookings:  0403077838

Metropolitan Physiotherapy Servicesis an established physiotherapy practice located right in the heart of Caringbah. Working within our team of physiotherapists is Kym Pottinger who has extensive experience working as a paediatric physiotherapist and Rachel Wiltshire who brings a wealth of knowledge about women’s health and incontinence.  

Paediatric conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:
•    torticollis (abnormal neck posture in infants)
•    positional plagiocephaly
•    positional talipes
•    abnormal gait pattern (eg intoeing, toe walking)
•    delayed motor development
•    abnormal motor development (eg bottom shuffling)
•    reduced muscle tone
•    poor coordination
•    acute respiratory infections (eg pneumonia)
•    postural abnormalities
•    brachial plexus lesions

Reasons for making an appointment to see a women’s health/continence physiotherapist include:
•    Pregnancy
•    Incontinence
•    Bed wetting
•    Pelvic pain
•    Prolapse
•    Pre/post prostate surgery
•    Pelvic floor education

Kym is a member of the Early Intervention Better Start Provider Panel and a Registered NDIS Provider.  Metropolitan Physiotherapy Services are registered providers with Medicare (GP Management Plan required) and Private Health Funds (HICAPS available).   Contact us for more information.

Talking Heads Speech Pathology now has;
Sunday morning services available!


Contact the clinic on 9553 1400 for more information or to make a booking.

Latest podcast topics to tune into on Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic

  • Bullying! No Way!
  • Raising Readers – how to nurture a love of books and reading in children

You can find the episodes on

Learning Links Prep 4 Preschool supported playgroup will be running at our new sit in Rockdale during Term 4. It is a gentle introduction to supporting and promoting your child’s learning in a small group setting. The group 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, Occupation Therapists and Speech Pathologists 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. Groups will run in Rockdale on Tuesday and Wednesday.

To find out more about Prep 4 Preschool, 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:

Gran Nannies 
we are a boutique Sutherland Shire only Agency who make it very easy for you to make plans, appointments, go to that concert you have been dying to see or to just simply take a night off with your loved one. You can even book a whole weekend away!

There is no last minute worry of who will be caring for your child/ren as we do it all for you and the process is so simple. We provide intensively screened nannies and babysitters so that you can relax & unwind knowing that your child/ren are safe and sound and having loads of fun.

All of our lovely nannies are of middle age and above and have all cared for their own children. They all have current First Aid Certificates, Working With Children Checks, Police Checks and Personal Nanny Insurances.

We offer minimum 2 hour shifts. We are open 24/7 you can call us anytime on 0431 328 116. You can visit our website at or jump on our Facebook page @GranNanniesBabysitting


Below is a brief guide to the Assessment and Rating process under which Child Care services are rated

What are the ratings criteria?
Early childhood education and care services (long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, outside school hours care) are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard (NQS) to:

  • promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care
  • improve knowledge and access to information about the quality of services to help families make informed decisions about their child’s education and care.

The NQS is part of the National Regulations and includes 7 quality areas that are important to children’s learning and developmental outcomes.

  • Educational program and practice
  • Children's health and safety
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationships with children
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Governance and leadership

Who rates services?
Services are assessed and rated against the NQS by the state or territory regulatory authority (RA) and given a rating for each of the seven quality areas and an overall rating based on these results. The quality ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.
What does it mean if a service is rated Significant Improvement Required?

If a service has been rated as Significant Improvement Required, the regulatory authority has determined that there are identified risks to the safety, health and wellbeing of children. The approved provider is required to take immediate action to rectify these risks, and the RA will monitor the service closely to ensure those improvements are made.

Continuous Improvement
It may take time for new services to meet each element required in the standards, which can result in a Working Towards NQS or Meeting NQS rating. To find out more about how your child’s service is striving to achieve quality, you can ask to see the service’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).

A QIP is the document which records the service’s self-assessment of the quality of its practices against the NQS and National Regulations. It also identifies any areas for improvement and contains their statement of philosophy. Educators, children, families and the community should all be involved in the development and maintenance of the service’s QIP.

Why are services with no ratings operating?
Services that have not had an assessment and rating visit hold a rating of “Provisional – Not Yet Assessed”.

Education and care services must undergo many processes and approvals in order to be approved and operate under the National Quality Framework (NQF). This is also a way of ensuring quality and compliance prior to their assessment and rating.

The service will receive a rating when it is assessed and rated by the RA.

If you would like to know when the service will be assessed and rated, please contact the service directly. The RA in your state or territory, responsible for assessment and rating, may also be able to assist you.

You may also like to ask the service for their QIP and their family handbook. This will help you to make a more detailed assessment of the service’s strengths and could also help with identifying the criteria you wish to find in a service.

How often are services assessed and rated?
When regulatory authorities schedule quality rating assessments, the goal is to assess and rate the quality of services, drive continuous improvement and keep information for families and communities accurate and up to date.

To focus resources on services most in need of service improvement, the actions of the RA are responsive and risk-based. Services with a lower quality rating will be re-rated more frequently. Services with higher quality ratings will generally have a longer period of time between assessment and rating visits in recognition of their ability to meet the NQS.

RA’s consider the following factors when managing assessment and rating schedules:

  • The previous quality rating of the service, including results against the quality areas, standards and at the element level.
  • A change in service attributes that could be reasonably considered to affect the service’s quality – for example, changes in approved provider or service management team.
  • Events that occur at the service – for example, serious incidents, complaints or non-compliance with the National Law can indicate a change in quality and a higher scheduling priority.
  • The length of time since the last assessment – for example, over time a quality rating can lose its currency and value for families.

Each RA manages its assessment schedule in a responsive manner, making adjustments to the schedule as new information emerges and making best use of their available resources.
It usually takes a regulatory authority 10 weeks to assess and rate a service. The rating report or rating certificate should be made available to families.

How do RAs ensure that services keep delivering quality after receiving their rating?
RAs make unscheduled and scheduled visits to services in addition to assessment and rating visits. These include monitoring, spot check and compliance visits to ensure the service is operating within the national legislation.

Summary of the steps in the Assessment and Rating process

  • Self-assessment and quality improvement
    Approved provider conducts a self-assessment to determine the quality of current practices against the NQS and linked regulatory requirements.

    Approved provider identifies strengths and where improvements can be made which is documented in a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
  • Notice of visit
    Regulatory authority provides written notice to approved provider that the assessment and rating process has commenced. The QIP is submitted to the regulatory authority prior to the visit, along with any additional information requested by the regulatory authority.
  • Assessment and rating visit takes place at the service.
  • Draft report
    Regulatory authority provides the approved provider with a draft assessment and rating report.
  • Feedback on draft report
    Provider can give feedback on any factual inaccuracies in the report and evidence to support feedback.
  • Final report and notice of final ratings is issued to the provider

    Feedback considered before final report is finalised and issued.
  • Final report
    Approved provider may choose to apply for a review of final ratings within the set review period.
  • Ratings published on national registers
    Once the review period has ended, the final ratings are published on the national registers on the ACECQA website and on the Starting Blocks website.
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