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Featured Services
Parent Resource
Latest News

Our Directories
Child Care Listings
Resources For Parents
Resources For Care Providers
Care In Other Areas

use the links below to view detailed information

vacancies for all ages for 2010


Kids Korner
very limited vacancies for 2010

Blair Athol
Partners In Care Early Learning Centre

vacancies for all ages.
Enrol now for 2010
have places available in our beautiful 3-5 room in 2010
Glenfield Preschool Kindergarten limited vacancies for 2010
Playground Learning Centre vacancies for 2010

Harrington Park
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park enrol for 2010
Harrington Park North
limited vacancies for 2010
Kids Korner
vacancies for all ages, enrol now.

Bambi Kindergarten
vacancies exist for 2010 for children aged 2 years to school age - $33.00 per day 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm enrol for 2010

Cath's Kindy vacancies for ages, enrol now for 2010.
Win, Win, Win

Bright Buttons is a fun and educational board game designed for preschoolers.

A beautifully simple game, stimulating and fun for the child, and endearingly amusing for the adult! Aged 3+ Available at Kmart, David Jones and Myer.

To enter to win simply email us email us and let us know if you have used our site or newsletter to find or look for child care.

Congratulations to our December winner Megha Mulgundmath

Local Events
Little Soles Children's Shoes
Xmas Shopping Night
Date: 9 December 2009
Venue: 199 Rocky Point Road, Ramsgate
Time: 5-9pm

20-40% Discount On Selected Stock and Complimentary Champagne & Snacks, all welcome

Campbelltown Christmas Carols
brings in the festive season!

Celebrate with a host of entertainers, local choirs and Santa himself at this year’s Campbelltown Christmas Carols. Bring a picnic, a blanket and your best singing voice, and join the likes of Odyssey House Choir, Sweet Tonic, St Patrick's School choir, Campbelltown Central Primary School choir, as well as a host of talented local performers for a memorable night.
Venue: Campbelltown Arts Centre amphitheatre
Date: 5 December
Time: 6.30-9.30pm
Cost: free
if you have a local event you would like to add please email us

Resources For Care Providers

Care In Other Areas

use these links to find child care in other areas of Sydney

December 2009/January 2010
Welcome to the Camden Macarthur Child Care Directory Newsletter.
This month we welcome Bambino’s Kindergarten at Harrington Park, Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park North, St Patricks Child Care Centre at Campbelltown, Playground Learning Centre at Glenfield UnitingCare Ingleburn Children’s Centre at Ingleburn to the directory. Below you can read information about this service as well use the links to visit their listings.

We are also delighted to announce a new addition to our Resources For Parents directory, this month welcome Cash for a Cause, Girl Guides NSW & ACT and Little Soles, Children's Shoes read more about this service below and use the links to visit their detailed listings

This month’s parent resource is about introducing your child to child care. With a new year just around the corner many children are just starting their journey into the world of child care, it’s a great time to starting thinking about how to make it easier on both you and your child. We have lots of helpful tips to make the transition to care easier and deal with separation anxiety.

Services are taking enrolments or waitlisting for 2010, so be quick to get in contact with the services that you are interested in and get your child’s name on the list for 2010 or if you are still looking and researching be sure to check out the detailed listings directory for all the information you need on services in your preferred location.
WIN…WIN....have you used our website to look or find child care? This month you have a chance to win a game of Bright Buttons (we have 5 to give away) from for your chance to win simply email us to go into the draw.

I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. We will be back in February with all the latest vacancies, resources and monthly newsletters. Merry Christmas!!

Until February, kind regards, Donna
Featured Services
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park is a new purpose built child care service providing care for 56 children with the newest, most exciting educational and play facilities. Opening hours are from 7.00am to 6.00pm, 5 days a week and we are open 51 weeks of the year. Bambino's Kindergarten caters for children from 0 - 6 years.
We also provide Sessional Education Programs for children aged 2 - 5 years, Before and After School Care and Vacation Care Programs. Bambino's Kindergarten's have always achieved high quality care by the National Childcare Accreditation Council.
We are taking enrolments for 2010 and welcome all enquiries and encourage a tour of our centre if you would like to come in and have a look or contact us to discuss you child care needs. We look forward to meeting you.
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park North is conveniently located at 53 Glenrowan Drive, Harrington Park.
Our centre has been established as a 56 place centre with the newest, most exciting educational and play facilities. Opening hours are from 7.00am to 6.00pm, 5 days a week and we are open 51 weeks of the year. Bambino's Kindergarten caters for children from 0 - 6 years.

We also provide Sessional Education Programs for children aged 2 - 5 years, Before and After School Care and Vacation Care Programs. Bambino's Kindergarten's have always achieved high quality care by the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

We are taking enrolments for 2010 and welcome all enquiries and encourage a tour of our centre if you would like to come in and have a look or contact us to discuss you child care needs. We look forward to meeting you. Or visit our website for more information.
We welcome you and your family to St Patricks Child Care Centre we are conveniently located in Campbelltown. We cater for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We also offer before school care.

centre is open from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and closes for 3 weeks during December and January (where no fees are payable). Included in our fees are all meals and they are prepared by our highly qualified cook, all meals prepared nutrionally balanced and made fresh for the children daily.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to discuss enrolling your child, we have vacancies for 2010 and look forward to welcoming you.

UnitingCare Ingleburn Children’s Centre is a community based, not for profit, fully accredited Long Day Care centre, catering for children aged 2-5 years.

Our centre was opened in May 1973 and is directly managed by UnitingCare Children's Services, an arm of the Uniting Church, licensed by the Department of Community Services and funded by the Federal and State Government.

Our centre is open from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday for 50 weeks a year. The centre has a close down period over Christmas and New Year and is also closed for public holidays. Gourmet meals including morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack are provided.

There are two main classrooms, one for children aged 2-3 years and one for children aged 4-5 years. The two groups spend parts of the day together and parts of the day in their individual rooms. Mixed age grouping provides opportunities for sibling interactions and to foster empathy, positive role modelling and cooperation amongst the different age groups. Small group times are held throughout the day.
Our staff provides a balance of qualified and experienced child care workers including TAFE qualified Advanced Child Care Workers, Certificate III trained Child Care Workers with years of experience in the child care profession.

We provide quality Preschool education and care with Long Day Care hours. For more information please contact us on 02 9605 3643. We look forward to meeting you.

Playground Learning Centre we are conveniently located at 18 Chesham Parade, Glenfield. We offer nurture and care for your child in a safe and warm environment that encourages them to reach their full potential.

Our team of Early Childhood professionals base their educational programs on the interests and developmental needs of your child, and guide your children through a variety of fun learning experiences every day. Our brand new purpose built centre is the ideal setting for your child to explore and grow in comfort and safety.

We are licensed for children aged 6 weeks - 6 years. We are offer extended hours from 6:30am to 6pm.
Playground Learning Centres provide challenging Early Childhood Educational programs for all of the children in our care. The ways in which we are able to provide quality learning experiences for your child each day are by:
  • Employing highly qualified and experienced staff who have excellent knowledge of children's growth and development. This theoretical knowledge is combined with practical skills in programming that guide your children into reaching their full potential.
  • Programs reflect the NSW Curriculum Framework guidelines which are set out by the Department Of Community Services. This framework promotes creative and innovative programs to be written by Early Childhood professionals and promote best practice in childcare settings.
  • Staff plan programs that are based on the needs, strengths and interests of all individual children in their care.
  • All programs are based on individual and group observations, and also incorporate spontaneous and child initiated experiences each day.
  • All programs offer a wide variety of free choice and planned experiences for the children to participate in each day.
  • All programs incorporate hands on learning experiences that are challenging and fun for your child.
  • The programs consist of a variety of small and large group, as well as individual experiences.
  • All programs consist of developmentally appropriate and challenging experiences for the children.
  • The program fosters development and growth across all areas of development, including physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive and creative development.
Enrolling now for 2010 and we have limited places available. Please contact us to discuss your child care needs.

Adrienne's Early Learning Centre and Preschool. We are a small, privately owned centre, committed to providing the highest quality care for children aged 0-5 years old, within a safe, personal and professional environment.

Adrienne's is licenced by the Department of Community Services. The Centre also participates in the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System, where we have achieved the highest rating across all areas. We are an approved service for the Child Care Benefit (CCB), enabling parents to claim reduced fees.

Our Centre is defined by the quality and commitment of the staff. As dedicated educators and classroom teachers they are highly motivated, experienced, caring and qualified to best meet your child's needs.

We are open Monday- Friday 7.00 am to 6.00pm and we are able to take 29 children per day aged from 0 to 5 years of age.
The Centre is airconditioned and well equipped, with all resources complying with current regulations. In keeping with our Sun Safe policy, our large outdoor area has both shade structures and several beautiful trees, that protect our children from harmful sun.

Programs are provided for differing age groups and encompass all developmental areas- social, emotional, physical and intellectual. Transition from one stage to the next is individually structured. A School Readiness Program has been developed to assist children with literacy, numeracy and reading skills. We also implement a phonics program further enhancing our children's literacy skills and better equipping them for school.

We are accepting enrolments for 2010 so please contact us to discuss your child care needs or to arrange a visit with us.

Latest News
Provide a fun, stimulating, educational program throughout the year, incorporating children's emerging interests, strengths and needs. Our school readiness program is also incorporated into the learning environment , building on skills for kindergarten and beyond. Staff participate in on-going professional development and engage with children to scaffold their learning across the curriculum framework. Portfolios are compiled for each child, linked to the Preschool Curriculum Framework and provide a precious keepsake for families at the end of the year. We provide a scrumptious summer menu utilising seasonal fruits and vegetables and plenty of variety to suit all tastes and food preferences. The centre recently participated in the Fisher's Shost Street Fair, which was lots of fun! We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families and future families a happy and safe Christmas and healthy and happy 2010!! We are situated inside the uni campus, which is a great location for us- no through traffic and a great outlook and we are open to local families not just university students. So contact us on 4620 3536 or pop in for a visit and meet our friendly team. We start back on Tuesday 12th January 2010, having a three week break over the Christmas/New Year period.

Cash for a Cause Looking for a new way to raise funds for your club, kindy or school? Fundraising has never been so easy! Cash for a Cause is a PharmaOnline initiative to help any sporting club, charity, or community group within Australia with their fundraising.

Once a club, charity or community group has registered on and verified, customers who purchase from the PharmaOnline website can nominate to direct 10% of their purchase total to their preferred cause!
These donations accumulate every three months and the registered club, charity or community group will be sent a report detailing how many purchases have resulted in funds being raised. More importantly, this will be attached to a cheque!
Year of the Girl Guide 2010
a great time to get involved as world Guiding celebrates its Centenary!

Girl Guides is for girls aged 5-17 years. The program is geared to life skills and offers a wide range of activities. There are weekly meetings during school terms, and weekend and school holiday events and adventures.

  • Outdoor adventure
  • Helping the community
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Friendship and fun!
For women 18+, there’s the chance to:
  • Volunteer and make a difference
  • Gain accredited training in leadership
  • Travel across Australia and overseas
  • Make a great new network of friends
  • Gain workplace skills
There are Guide Units in Camden, Campbelltown, Ingleburn, Leumeah, Picton/Tahmoor & Ruse. In Camden:

Pre Jnr Guides (age 5-7) - Fridays 3.45 - 5.30pm, Jnr Guides (age 7-10) - Mondays 6.30 - 8.00pm, Guides (age 10-14) - Thursdays 7.00 - 9.00 pm. New members, youth and adult, most welcome. Enquiries to: 8396 5200 or 1300 GIRL GUIDES or

At Little Soles, Children’s Shoes we specialise in high quality children's shoes designed for growing feet. Specialising in quality imported footwear from babies to teens.

We understand, for the proper growth of your children's feet, comfort and fit is very important. That's why at Little Soles we pride ourselves in putting your children's feet in the right shoes. Our professionally trained staff take great care to ensure your child is provided with the shoe that fits best.

We offer a range of European and locally made shoes for babies to teens that are made from enduring high grade leather, whilst being highly fashionable and fun!

In the month of January 2010. All school shoes & sport shoes will be 10% off, drop in and see us and enjoy the friendly and professional service Little Soles Children's Shoes offers. Your children's feet will thank you!
Child Care Directory
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Harrington Park
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park

Harrington Park North
Resources For Parents Directory
Parent Resource
Introducing your child to childcare
Beginning child care can be a difficult time for both parents and children. Some children (and parents) adapt more easily than others. It's normal for some children to look forward to playing with their child care friends, or for you to enjoy spending time back in the adult world.
With a little preparation, the transition into child care can go more smoothly. Here are some tips to help you along.
Introduce the carer
If the carer or centre is not already a person or place your child knows, introduce it slowly.
  • Drive past the child care centre.
  • Visit for a short time and play with your child, then both go home. This will help establish that childcare is temporary, and gives both of you an opportunity to see how the child feels about the new environment.
  • When leaving your child in care for the first time, make it a brief visit. Come back after an hour or two, so your child understands you will always return.
Separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is strongest when a child is between eight and 18 months. It is quite normal for children in this age group to be distressed when being left with a carer, but they will usually settle quickly once the parent leaves.
To reduce the impact of leaving your child each day:
  • Talk with your toddler or preschooler about child care being temporary - that you will come back in the afternoon and all go home for dinner together.
  • Allow time to settle into care each day in a relaxed way, without rushing. Play a game together, or breastfeed your baby before leaving.
  • Make sure your child has their security blanket, teddy, or other familiar possessions with them. It may help to give them your worn t-shirt if they are used to having you settle them to sleep at nap time.
  • Leave smoothly when the time comes to go. Stopping and starting can prolong the period of time that your child is upset.
  • Call the carer when you get to work, if you are concerned about your child's distress. Tell your toddler or preschooler that you phoned and heard that they were playing happily - they will be reassured that you are only as far away as a phone call while they're in care.
Other handy hints
Make sure you allow time for a relaxed pick-up at the end of child care, rather than collecting your child in a rush. A baby might want a reunion breastfeed, or your child might want to show you what they've been doing while you were gone.
Some children need extra rest after a day in care, as the child care environment can be very stimulating. Most children will settle into their new routine, even with part time or occasional care, within seven or eight weeks. If your child is still not coping, you may need to consider a different style of care, or reducing the amount of care each week.
Keep in mind that there are many different forms of child care, and an experienced carer may have suggestions that help your child gently adjust to their new environment. Ultimately, your instincts as a parent are the best guide to whether your child needs more time to settle into care.
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