Blair Athol
Piper Kindergarten enrol now

Broughton Street Early Learning Centre enrol now

Harrington Park
Skoolzout @ Harrington Park enrol now outside school hours care

Macquarie Fields
Bright Stars Early Learning limited vacancies

Menangle Park
Bellbirds Early Learning Centrevacancies for all ages.

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

Narellan Community Preschoolenrol now

Picton Community Preschoolenrol now

Elizabeth Macarthur Montessorilimited vacancies
Foundations Learning Centre enrol now

Busy Kids Preschool Long Day Care Centre enrol now limited vacancies.

St Helens Park
Just 4 Kids – St Helens Parkenrol now 

Bingara Gore Community Preschool enrol now

To be happy and successful in today's highly competitive world, confidence and articulation are vital.  
Helen O'Grady Drama Academy offers after-school & Saturday drama classes for children aged 5-18 years. With the main aim to increase verbal communication skills, build up confidence and self-esteem the classes also provide a great outlet for creativity and imagination! Children have a fabulous time engaging in fun drama activities, while our programme works at making them the best they can be!

Our students learn to:

  • Become an effective communicator
  • Be a more confident person
  • Increase their self-esteem
  • Empower themselves to participate fully in life
  • The programme we offer in the Academy is one of self-development. 
  • Our stimulating classes cover speech, improvisation, mini-scripts, snippets, movement and production techniques. 

Above all our classes are fun!

Your child's growth in confidence, self-esteem and communication skills will delight you!   Each lesson is motivational and fun! 

For more information call the Principal Mel Duke 9787 2363 or to find out more on classes contact us *conditions apply

This month you have the chance to win a gift voucher for a term's worth of drama valued at $175 from Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Sydney.

For your chance to win simply email us with your contact details and tell us how you have used our site/facebook to go into the draw to win.  Good luck! 

*One term’s personal development, drama & speech tuition with the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy valued at $175. (not redeemable for cash).   The prize only applies to new HODA students & it is subject to class availability.






Blair Athol
Pied Piper Kindergarten

Jellybeans Family Day Care

Camden Park
Leaping Learners Early Learning Centre

Broughton Street Early Learning Centre
UWS Unique Kids Early Learning

Catherine Field
Catherine Field Pre-School 

Harrington Park
Skoolzout @ Harrington Park 

The Pines Academy Child Care
YMCA Sackville Street Outside School Hours Care Centre

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

Menangle Park 
Bellbirds Early Learning Centre

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

Narellan Early Learning Centre
Narellan Community Preschool

Narellan Vale
Jenny's Kindergarten - Narellan Vale 

The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm

Bingara Gore Community Preschool
Picton Community Preschool

Elizabeth Macarthur Montessori
Foundations Learning Centre
Pied Piper Kindergarten 

Busy Kids Preschool Long Day Care Centre

St Helens Park
Just 4 Kids – St Helens Park

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
Illawarra Local Child Care

MARCH 2014

Welcome to the March 2014 Camden Macarthur Local Child Care & Services Directory. 

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 our parent's resource is about a brief description of the different types of child care so you can choose the right type for your child and family.

WIN, WIN, WIN...this month you have the chance to win a gift voucher for a term's worth of drama valued at $175 from Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Sydney

 To enter simply like us/share on facebook and then email us with your contact details to go into the draw to win.  Good luck

Until next month, kind regards, Donna


Bingara Gore Community Preschool is community-owned and not-for-profit, Big Fat Smile has served children and families with distinction since 1981. Bingara Gorge Community Preschool 0-5 prides itself on its high-quality learning environment including a preschool program for ages 3-5. Opening Hours: 6:30am-6:30pm.  All of our early childhood centres incorporate a specialised transition to school program as part of the curriculum, so your child has the best possible start to their education.

Through the Early Years Learning framework, educators assist your child to develop:

  • A strong sense of their identity
  • Connections with their world
  • A strong sense of wellbeing
  • Confidence and involvement in their learning
  • Effective communication skills 

To find out more about current vacancies and enrolment please contact us.


The Pines Academy Child Care is located on Macquarie road between Cumberland and Henderson roads (5 minutes drive from M5 freeway)

  • Gorgeous historical heritage home converted into a childcare adds character to your child’s educational journey.
  • 90 place Service caters for Long Day Care (6 weeks to 6 years old) and Out of School Hours Care (kindergarten to year 6 – before/after school and vacation care).   Long Day Care consists of nursery (0-2 years) with adjoining cot room and change area, large toddler room (2-3 years) with adjoining bathroom, large preschool room (3-5 years) with adjoining bathroom.
  • There are three separate playgrounds – a playground for the pre-schoolers securely located at the front of the property including large sandpit, side playground for the toddlers and a smaller yard located at the rear of the property for the nursery room which also includes a sandpit
  • The hallway is beautifully decorated with brilliant artwork adding wonder to the children’s day. There is also a large fish tank which is the focal point of discussion upon arrival and departure of the centre.  A team of friendly staff with extensive knowledge, training and experience in the field.
Contact us for more information about enrolment/waitlisting and current vacancies.

Nannies & Helpers
Established for 25 years, Nannies and Helpers specialises in the niche market of domestic recruitment.   We provide professional and experienced Nannies – full time & part time; Babysitters, Mothercraft Nurses, Temporary & Emergency Nannies, Sole Charge Live in Nannies; Housekeepers & Cleaners, Family Cooks;  Party Helpers, Chefs; Executive Household Management and Personal Carers & Companions to elderly.

As Sydney’s leading domestic agency we take our responsibilities very seriously, ensuring a strict selection process, high calibre candidates, and specific recognition of individual client needs. Our excellent follow-up, maintenance and feedback programs ensure continued high standards. 

All candidates are personally interviewed by experienced Consultants, screened and referenced checked prior to referral to our clients.  Contact us for more information.


Pencil Grips Plus is owned and operated by a qualified paediatric Occupational Therapist who can offer advice and support when selecting products for your child. Save 15% off your order throughout the month of March when you mention the Local Child Care & Services Directory.

Just email with your order.

​Go in the draw to WIN a ready for school pack when you visit and like us on Facebook

caringfor_youlogoPencil Grips Plus is Australia’s largest supplier of specialist pencil grips. We also supply a range of sensory motor products aimed at developing fine and gross motor skills, drawing and handwriting.

Try out the Writing CLAW, Jumbo Grip, Crossover Grip, The Pencil Grip, Uglee Pen, Heavyweight Pencil or the Twist ‘n Write Pencil. We stock a range of scissors, exercise putty, bands & tubing plus a range of coloured Perspex drawing/writing boards, coloured handwriting guidelines, children’s gripable cutlery, and other developmental products.

Consultation with our Occupational Therapist is available to provide ideas for developing children’s pencil grasp and other fine/gross motor skills. We’re also available to visit local child care centres and schools to demonstrate our product range.   Shop online at, or email or call 0414 367391 us directly to place an order.


Ready Steady Go Camden is Australia's largest and most reputable multi-sport and exercise program for preschoolers (aged 2.5-6 years).

Our fun, physio-designed sport and fitness activities teach preschoolers the fundamentals of 10 different sports in a social, non-competitive, team-based environment.

Ready Steady Go Kids seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle, develop a lifelong passion for physical activity and sport, decrease childhood obesity, increase confidence and prepare children for participation in school and the broader community.

Physio designed program

Classes in the Macarthur region are run by a qualified paediatric physiotherapist. All other instructors at the centre have a Level 1 Coaching qualification (at a minimum) and meet all state requirements for working with children. Classes are held at Wollondilly Leisure Centre in Picton   Fridays at 9.30 and 10.15 and Saturdays at 9.30 and 10.15 and Allsports Indoor Sports Centre in Smaeaton Grange Tuesdays at 9.30 and 10.15.  Contact us now for a free trial class!!!!!


Itty Bitty Ballet is the perfect place for your ballerina to dance with morning classes for baby ballerinas from age 17 months to toddler and kids ballet up to 6 years of age.

Itty Bitty Ballet is an enjoyable and imaginative preschool dance school with classes in all areas of the Macarthur, Milperra, Sutherland Shire and St George regions. Itty Bitty Ballet is a unique preschool ballet program that introduces little ballerinas to classical ballet as well as encouraging imagination, creativity and expression. We would love to have your ballerina at Itty Bitty Ballet!  Contact us for more information.


Edspecially 4U  Is your child Ready 4 School? 

EDSpecially4U offers you the chance to prepare your child for BIG school. In a small group environment, only 1 hour per week we develop confident learners.

Learning with Confidence.  Our School Readiness Classes introduce:  letters – using phonic instruction; numbers; shape; colours; fine motor activities (writing); phonemic awareness (the sounds of language), as well as an introduction to sight words.

EDSpecially4U has a team of teaching professionals who offer quality instruction in the area of School Readiness. We offer School readiness programs that use stimulating resources, craft activities, songs and games to teach new skills and concepts.   Classes during the week and on Saturdays Contact us for more information  Ph 0412 506 017


Kids First Aid Knowing what to do in an emergency situation could save your child's precious life. 

Kids First Aid offers the only first aid courses delivered exclusively by experienced paramedics, designed to teach parents and caregivers how to respond calmly and confidently to 10 of the most common first aid emergency situations.

Learn how to respond to the most common emergencies Aussie kids are exposed to...

  • Informative and engaging sessions hosted by qualified paramedics...
  • Pick up practical first aid skills in one affordable 3-hour workshop at locations Australia-wide...
  • Flexible workshops to suit your needs. Choose from public or private sessions
Thousands of parents and caregivers have taken our courses and gained the peace of mind knowing they can deal with an emergency situation.  Contact us for more information.

Sensory Tools Australiapresents World-Renowned POWER WORKSHOPS in 2014!  Fantastic opportunities for professionals to gain CPD points and for parents to learn more about what is making their child tick.  Online registration now open!

The Traffic Jam In My Brain LIVE MARCH 2014 Presented By Genevieve Jereb OTR A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences
Download Brochure here.

How Does Your Engine Run?® The Alert Program® For Self-Regulation MAY 2014  Download Brochure here.

Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach presented by Dr. Julia Wilbarger & Patricia Wilbarger AUGUST 2014   Download brochure here.  Online registration available NOW

caringfor_youlogoCaring 4 U Health Solutions  Package Includes:

1 x Fresh Wave Baby Pearl Pack – 5 pack (Lasts up to 90 days)

1 x Fresh Wave Baby Gel – 473g (Lasts up to 90 days)
1 x Fresh Wave Baby Spray – 112ml (Lasts up to 60 days)
1 x Fresh Wave Baby Wash – 946ml (Lasts up to 37 Washes) Normal Price - $65.35 Introductory Package Price $49.95


We at Australian Frontline Services (AFS) specialise in training for the childcare industry through delivering First Aid, Combined Childcare, and WHS training to enable you to meet all legislative requirements. This is our 25th year in business please feel free to contact us for our anniversary specials in regards to all your training needs.

AFS Consulting provides training solutions in a variety of areas including but not limited to WHS, First Aid, Security, and customer service. Our clients range from small business through to national and multinational companies. We provide package training for nationally accredited courses as well as specifically designing courses to suit the client’s needs. Our highly experienced trainers will also deliver our clients in house training courses.

We will not only provide you with training, but with the confidence to act in emergency situations.   These courses can be conducted at your premises, another suitable location or in our training rooms.   Prices listed below are for individual participants only. For group bookings enquire through our office for discounts of 10 people or more.

  • Provide Advanced First Aid HLTAID006 - $165.00 + GST,
  • Provide First Aid HLTAID003 - $125.00 (online workbook), $130.00 (paper based workbook) +GST,
  • Childcare Asthma & Anaphylaxis combined - $90.00 + GST,
  • Provide CPR HLTAID001 - $65.00(online workbook), $70.00(Paper based workbook) + GST.

A new course AFS is offering - Provide an emergency first aid response in an education & child care setting HLTAID004 - $180.00(online workbook), $190.00 (paper based).    All course material is provided for the conduct of the courses and certificates can be directed to your home address.   “AFS Consulting delivers nationally recognised training in partnership with, and under the auspices of, Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909”.


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Types of Child Care
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 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.  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.

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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