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DECEMBER 2012/JANUARY 2013

Welcome to the December 2012/January 2013 Camden Macarthur Local Child Care & Services Directory. 

This month we welcome Narellan Community Preschool, Picton Community Preschool and Skoolzout @ Harrington Park and Skoolzout @ Narellan to our child care directory.

Begin Bright School Readiness & Primary Tutoring Centres and New Growth Children's Therapy Centre to our Professionals for Children Directory.  

Centres Direct joins our Resources for Care Providers Directory. Read all about these great services below. 

This month's parent resource is about the different types of child care. Now is a great time to consider what type of child care might suit you and your family. We have provided a description of each different type to help make your choice easier.

WIN...WIN.... ....This month you have the chance to win a $50 voucher from Leanne's Cards

For your chance to win simply email us to go into the draw and tell us if you have used our newsletter or site to find or look for care or other child related information.

From our family to yours we wish you a safe and happy Christmas kind regards Donna

FEATURED SERVICES

Picton Community Preschool is community-owned and not-for-profit, Big Fat Smile has served children and families with distinction since 1981.

Opening hours: 9am - 3pm (extended 8am - 4pm) our Director is Lyn Schroder.

We are currently enrolling for 2013 please contact us.

Narellan Community Preschool is community-owned and not-for-profit, Big Fat Smile has served children and families with distinction since 1981.

Opening Times: 7.30am - 5.30pm. We are currently enrolling for 2013 please contact us.


Skoolzout @ Harrington Park Located at Fairfax Clubrooms
Sir Warwick Fairfax Drive Harrington Park 2567 offering (School Holiday Program) Opening Times: Before school: 7am - 9am, After school: 2.30pm - 6pm, School Holidays: 7am-6pm

We are currently enrolling for 2013 please contact us.

Skoolzout @ Narellan is located at Narellan Community Hall, Queen Street, Narellan offering (School Holiday Program) & opening times: Before school: 7am - 9am, After school: 2.30pm - 6pm, School Holidays: 7am-6pm

We are currently enrolling for 2013 please contact us.


Begin Bright School Readiness & Primary Tutoring Centres

We focus on helping children become happy, smart & confident.

At our Begin Bright Centres, the learning is designed around the children's needs.

Within a fun, happy and safe environment, our teachers implement a range of teaching methods. These include whiteboards and worksheets, as well as incorporating the use of concrete materials, games, songs and craft to help consolidate learning.

Begin Bright classes are fun and interactive, proving to build children's confidence and give them a positive foundation and good attitude to what will be a lifetime of learning.

"Let no child ever come to us without leaving happier, smarter and more confident."

Call 4648 1144 for more details, prices and class times.
www.beginbright.com.au

Want to relieve the boredom during the long January holidays? Click here to check out our FUN holiday program!


New Growth Children's Therapy Centre is located in Picton and assists children to develop the array of skills required to participate in all aspects of life at child care, school and home.

Our Occupational Therapy services will allow your child to develop fine motor skills such as drawing, writing and using scissors. We are also able to help your child to develop their independence in toileting, feeding and dressing.

Our Speech Pathology programs will assist your child to develop the wide range of communication required for school including having clear speech, increasing vocabulary, early literacy and social language.

New Growth Children's Therapy Centre also provides Psychology services for children and families which addresses behaviour management, stress and anxiety issues as well as other mental health concerns. 

Throughout the January school holidays we are offering the following programs:
 

  • Intensive school readiness groups
  • Playdate therapy groups (preschool social skills/play)
  • Handwriting club (school aged children)
  • Social skills programs (school aged children)
  • Literacy groups

    Please contact reception on (02) 9602 3377 to find out more details or to book in. 


  • Centres Direct is an Australian owned company providing childcare centres, schools and families with good quality products at a reasonable price.

    After being in the education and childcare industries for a number of years, we know what parents, teachers and carers need and want.

    We are continually updating our product range so contact us if you are after a particular item.  www.CentresDirect.com


    Jellybeans Family Day Care Scheme provides childcare with a difference. We are not a childcare centre. Unlike a childcare centre we provide childcare from registered homes in small groups so your child recieves the care and attention they deserve. Jellybeans is privately run, family owned and operated.

    Jellybeans provide quality care due to our low child to educators ratio we maintain a maximum of 5 pre-school age children to 1 Jellybeans educator. Your child maintains the same educator everyday which allows your child to bond with an educator they trust and are comfortable with. Your child's educator will get to know your child fully, understand their developmental needs, their likes and dislikes, even their favourite colour and foods.

    All Jellybeans educators are trained in, or are obtaining, Certificate III in Children's Services. We are so confident of the quality of our care, we guarantee it. If you try Jellybeans for one week and you don't agree Jellybeans provide the best quality of professional childcare, and you don't want to continue care, we will refund your fees paid.

    We currently have vacancies in Camden and Camden South so contact us Ph 1300 153 559 for inquiries.

    Piper Kindergarten is excited to announce the opening of our brand new state of the art 70 place childcare centre in Blair Athol. We are on track to open in January 2013 and we are taking enrolments now. Watch this space for details on our Open Day, Coming Soon!

    Get in quick to reserve your childs placePied Piper Kindergartens are family run and have been operating since 1995.

    Pied Piper Kindergarten is open from 6.30 am till 6.30 pm and we offer long day care for babies 6 weeks - 5 year olds and we are the only centre in Blair Athol to offer before and after school care and vacation care. All meals are provided.

    We offer the state of the art technology includinga laptop in each room with an LCD TV for children to have class discussions using the internet. The children also have access to interactiveipads loaded with age appropriate educational experiences that are mirror imaged onto LCD TV which act as smart board.

    We provide great communication with our families such as "The Daily Reflections" our families are emailed daily with information regarding their childs day including photographs menus and a brief outline of what the kids have done throughout the day, Many parents have stated that it is the highlight of their day.

    To find out more please view www.piedpiperkindergarten.com.au or call Terri on 0418 865 706

    PARENT INFORMATION

    Whether you're new to childcare or an old hat, you can't help but be confused by the different titles given to child care services these days. Here's a guide to help you work out what your options are.

    Long Day Care
    Long day care is just that - child care that is available from early in the morning to early evening, breakfast to dinner. The best option for parents who work the typical nine to five, long day care usually services children from around six weeks to six years, and tend to provide meals, nappies as well as developmental and school readiness programs for the children. Centres remain open during school holidays.

    Long day care centres are predominantly approved child care, so parents whose children attend are eligible for the child care benefit. Centres can be run by communities, local councils, private operators and occasionally even employers and companies looking to make their business more family-friendly.

    Family Day Care
    Family Day Carers look after a smaller number of children in their own home. As a part of a network of caregivers carefully monitored by a family day care scheme, they provide care and developmental activities for the children, and are often more flexible with their hours - some can even include weekends and overnight stays for shift workers.

    Family Day Care is generally aimed at non-school-aged children, but depending on the carer can be available to primary school children before and after school. Parents whose children attend Family Day Care are eligible for the child care benefit.

    Pre-school/Kindergarten
    Pre-school or kindergarten is usually for children between the ages of 3 - 5 and is designed to educate children before they begin school. Hours and setup are similar to that of a school - start at 9, finish at 3 and children are required to bring their own lunch and snacks. Centres tend to be closed during the school holidays.

    Pre-schools and kindergartens can be privately or council run, or can be an initiative of a community or a part of another service such as long day care or occasional care.

    Occasional Care
    Occasional Care is designed for parents who require care for short periods of time for children from about six weeks to school age. Care can be provided for an hour or more per day on an irregular (or occasional) basis. Centres often provide developmental activities as the opportunity to socialise with other children for children who are not in regular care or pre-school. Occasional care can be run privately, by local councils or be a community centre, and is often attached to a pre-school or long day care centre.

    Before and After School Care
    Often referred to as OOSH (Outside of School Hours) is run mainly for primary-school-aged children and opens for care before and after school hours, as well as pupil-free days during school terms. This kind of care is ideal for parents who work typical nine to five days and are unable to drop off and pick up their children at the standard times.

    Centres typically provide recreational activities and are usually associated with schools, occasional care centres and preschools.

    Vacation Care
    Vacation care is designed for school-aged children during school holidays. With hours comparable to that of a long day care centre, children are provided with a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including outings such as the beach or movies. Vacation care is usually offered by before and after school care services.

    Nannies
    A nanny is a single carer that cares for the children inside the home and may or may not live with the family. Nannies are typically employed by the parents directly, with hours and duties negotiable. Typically, a nanny's duties revolve solely around the care of the children, however some nanny's also undertake domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Parents looking to hire a nanny also have options such as an Au Pair, which is typically a young person from another country who provides child care in return for board and a small allowance, as well as nanny sharing with another family.

     

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    VACANCIES
    use the links below to see detailed information

    Blair Athol
    Partners In Care Early Learning Centre enrol now
    Piper Kindergarten Opening in January 2013

    Campbelltown 
    Broughton Street Early Learning Centre enrol now

    Glenfield
    Playground Learning Centre enrol now

    Harrington Park
    Skoolzout @ Harrington Park enrol now for vacation care and 2013 outside school hours care

    Macquarie Fields
    Bright Stars Early Learning limited vacancies

    Minto 
    The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm enrol now

    Narellan
    Narellan Community Preschool enrol now for 2013
    Skoolzout @ Narellan enrol now for vacation care and 2013 outside school hours care

    Picton
    Picton Community Preschool enrol now for 2013

    Raby
    Elizabeth Macarthur Montessori limited vacancies
    Foundations Learning Centre enrol now

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    Leanne's cards/ Phoenix Trading offers a gorgeous range of exclusive greeting cards, gift tags, gift wrap, invitations, thank yous, stationery, educational posters, family organisers, Charity Christmas cards and more for all ages.

    This month we have a $50 gift voucher for you to use on unique and exclusive products from Phoenix Trading to the value of $50.00

    To see the full range visit our website

    To enter simply email us and tell us how you have used our directory to find child care or child related services.


    RESOURCES FOR CARE PROVIDERS
    use the links below to see detailed information for care providers

    AFS Consulting
    Centres Direct
    CleverStuff Educational Toys 
    First Aid For You Do you still need to train your team in Asthma (22024VIC) and Anaphylaxis ( 22099VIC)? First Aid for You are specialists in delivering high quality, engaging courses in first aid to child care centres and parents. WE COME TO YOU, 7 days a week and small groups (min. 5 people) are not a problem! Our trainers have a passion and enthusiasm for what they teach, making sure all participants have fun while learning important lifelong skills. Contact us on 1300 853 050 for more information.
    Dynamight Kids
     
    Hand In Hand Child Care Services
    Playsafe Kids Pty Ltd


    PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILDREN
    use the links below to view detailed information

    Begin Bright School Readiness & Primary Tutoring Centres
    Chatabout Speech Pathology
    Frontrunner Learning Centres
    Health & Wellness Australia 
    Learning-Hats Ready for school & K-6 Tuition centre
    Literacy & Learning Centre 
    New Growth Children's Therapy Centre
    Passageways
    Sleep Angel 50% of all Sleep Angel services that are purchased as gift certificates for Christmas (12 months validity).


    ADDITIONAL NEEDS PROVIDERS
    use the links below to view detailed information

    Learning-Hats Ready for school & K-6 Tuition centre
    Nana's Weighted Blankets

    New Growth Children's Therapy Centre
    Speak-a-boo! Speech Pathology
    The Sydney Irlen Dyslexia Centre For Reading and Perceptual Disorders


    RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
    use the links below to view detailed information
    Australian Music Schools
    CleverStuff Educational Toys 

    First Aid For You 
    Dynamic Rhythms Music Centre 
    Global Tutoring 
    Maternitywear.com.au 
    Musica Viva In Schools
    Playsafe Kids
    The Train Shed

    CHILD CARE DIRECTORY
    use the links below to view detailed information

    Blair Athol
    Partners In Care Early Learning Centre
    Piper Kindergarten

    Camden

    Jellybeans Family Day Care

    Camden Park
    Leaping Learners Early Learning Centre

    Campbelltown 
    Broughton Street Early Learning Centre
    Campbelltown Community Preschool 
    Unique Kids Early Childhood Centre Inc

    Catherine Field
    Catherine Field Pre-School 

    Denham Court
    Leaping Learners Early Education Centre

    Glenfield
    Playground Learning Centre

    Harrington Park
    Bambino's Kindergarten Harrington Park 4
    Bambino's Kindergarten Harrington Park North OSHC
    Skoolzout @ Harrington Park 

    Ingleburn 
    YMCA Sackville Street Outside School Hours Care Centre

    Macquarie Fields
    Bright Stars Early Learning
    Kidzland Preschool Kindergarten & Day Nursery

    Mount Annan
    Jenny's Kindergarten - Mount Annan
    Leaping Learners Early Education Centre

    Narellan
    Narellan Early Learning Centre
    Narellan Community Preschool
    Skoolzout @ Narellan

    Narellan Vale
    Jenny's Kindergarten - Narellan Vale 

    Minto 
    The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm

    Picton/Wilton
    Cath's Kindy
    Picton Community Preschool

    Raby
    Elizabeth Macarthur Montessori
    Foundations Learning Centre
    Pied Piper Kindergarten

    CARE IN OTHER AREAS
    use the links below to see our other directories
     
    St George Local Child Care
    Sutherland Shire Local Child Care
    Inner West Local Child Care
    Parramatta Local Child Care
    Liverpool/Fairfield Local Child Care
    Western Sydney Local Child Care
    Canterbury/Bankstown 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
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