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APRIL 2010

Welcome to the May 2010 Camden Macarthur Child Care Directory.

This month we welcome
Campbelltown Prebyterian Community Child Care at Campbelltown to the directory.  Below you can read information about this service as well use the link to visit their detailed listings.

Some child care services still have vacancies 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 be sure to check out the
detailed listings page.

This month's parent resource is about about Survival Tips for Working Parents.  As a working parent I realise how difficult it is to keep on top of everything, I hope our Parent Resource will give you some useful tips!

....have you used our website to look or find child care?  This month you have a chance to win your choice of 5 bibs from www.cheekycherubs.com.au valued at $55.25.

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.

Until next month, kind regards, Donna


Campbelltown Prebyterian Community Child Care is a Christian based long day care centre. The centre's staff are qualified and long standing.

Offers care for up to 50 children from 0-5 years of age. The centre also offers Out of School Care for 5-12 years (see below for details).  Opening Hours are Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 6:00 pm (50 weeks a year)

Cost - Fees 2010  are 0-2 years old - 60.00 per day; 2-3 Years old - 58.00 per day' 3-5 years old - 54.00 per day.

Families can claim their Child Care Benefit which can be deducted from their fees or they can choose to pay the full fee and claim a lump sum at the end of the financial year.

We provide nutritional food for Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, as set out by the dietary guidelines. Children are provided with 4 hot meals a week and sandwiches 1 day a week on a rotating basis. The centre also provides bedding, sheeting and nappies.


Our Out of School Care provides care for children from 5 to 12 years of age, who are picked up from Campbelltown Primary, St Johns Primary, and St Peters Primary for Before and After school; any child can attend Vacation Care.

Before School hours are 7:00 am - 9:00am with up to 30 children, and costs $14.00 a day. After School hours are 3:00pm - 6:00pm with up to 60 children and costs $16.00 a day. Combined Before and After costs $29.00 a day. Vacation Care hours are 7:00am - 6:00am with up to 30 children and costs 36.00 a day.
We currently have limited vacancies, so please contact us to discuss your child care needs and to find out what makes our centre so great.

At St Patrick's Child Care Centre we have a busy term coming up with Pyjama Day, Wear Red DAy, Fancy Dress Day. Teddy Bears Picnic and our school photos happening!!! among the usual day to day stuff we always fit in. Our numbers are getting better although we have some vacancies in our 2-3 year room. Nicole was a semi-finalist in the CC Worker of the year , so we are extremely proud of her.  We have our self study in July! Great!!!!Any  advice will be welcome.  If you are ever in the vacinity of St. Patrick's please feel free to drop in and say hello. Regards Ann, Children & Staff

use the links below to view detailed information

use the links below to view detailed information

use the links below to view detailed information

Harrington Park

Menangle Park
Skylarks Kindy

Narellan Vale
Jenny's Kindergarten


Kids Korner
Cath's Kindy



Survival Tips for Working Parents

Being a working parent is a challenging role. It involves a balancing act between meeting your child's needs for care and attention, sharing a satisfying relationship with your partner and friends and being a reliable and competent employee while trying to enjoy life and parenthood. Make life easier by:
  • Setting realistic and achievable goals for you and your family
  • Asking for help
  • Changing your expectations and priorities around the house
  • Involving other supportive adults in the planning and sharing of parenting and household responsibilities
  • Be realistic about what can be achieved each day.  Routine is important. Having an unpredictable lifestyle is time consuming and unsettling for everyone. Young children become frustrated, overwhelmed, and rushed when routines are frequently changing (understandably, sometimes it cannot be helped).
Talk to your partner about household responsibilities and expectations as a parent and an adult household member.   Starting and finishing the day on a happy note:
  • Give yourself extra time in the morning
  • Re-think what is essential to be completed before leaving the house each morning
  • Pack your work and childcare bags the night before
  • Use time in the car as a valuable opportunity to connect with your child both on the way to childcare and on the way home. Sing songs, and listen to your child when they speak to you
  • Most importantly, leave work stresses, at work
  • Organise the next days clothing the night before, for you and your child
  • Avoid conflicts and fights in the morning - it is always a no-win situation for everyone
  • Make sure your child goes to bed early enough as this ensures they have adequate sleep for development and growth and gives you and your partner time to interact as adults and friends
Feeding the family does not need to be stressful!
  • Prepare double amounts of food and freeze for later
  • Invest in a slow cooker and put dinner on before you leave for work
  • Also remember your evening meal does not always have to be a hot meal
  • Depending on the age of your child, try and enjoy dinner around the table with the television off and all family members present. This is a good habit to get into and provides a great opportunity to meaningfully interact with your family
  • Consider a no TV rule in the morning as this can distract everyone from getting ready
  • Add an extra hour to childcare for shopping later in the day
  • Avoid taking tired and hungry children shopping
  • Consider shopping on-line or in the evening ask your partner to do the shopping
  • Another suggestion is to do a big weekly shop to avoid the need to shop every day
  • Wash and hang the clothes the night before
  • Fold washing properly and save ironing
  • Children do get sick when you least expect it:
  • Ensure your employer knows you are also a parent, so if your child does become sick you can take leave
Otherwise, have an alternative plan -either arrange for your partner to care for your child or have a back up such as a grandparent or good friend on standby.   From http://www.tresillian.net/


Our directories

use the links below to see detailed information
limited vacancies.

Bargo Child Care Centre
Kids Korner limited vacancies

Blair Athol
Partners In Care Early Learning Centre limited vacancies for all ages

Campbelltown Prebyterian Community Child Care limited vacancies for all ages.
St Patrick's Child Care Centre limited vacancies for 2-3 year olds

Currans Hill
UnitingCare Currans Hill OSHC & Vacation Care vacancies for before and after school care

limited vacancies

UnitingCare Ingleburn Children's Centre limited vacancies
Menangle Park
Skylarks Kindy limited vacancies for all ages. 

Kids Korner limited vacancies

Cath's Kindy limited vacancies

limited vacancies


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To enter simply email us and let us know if you have used our site or newsletter to find care.
Congratulations to our April winner Jilly Anderson


Children, Contact & Care (Triple C)
A group for parents who have had children removed from their care. Assists participants to identify parenting skills, strengths and resources and to develop relationships with their children.

Venue: CatholicCare, 35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown
Time: 6 Tuesday mornings 10:00-12:00noon
Dates; 25 May, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 June
Cost: Workshop fee: $60
Bookings: 46 28 0044

Parenting Teens

This 4 session workshop will explore many ways a family can handle parent-teen issues. Parents can attend the entire workshop, or individual sessions. Session 1: Understanding your teenager  Session 2: Communicating with your teenager Session 3: Setting boundaries and discipline.  Session 4: Conflict management and self esteem

Venue: CatholicCare, 35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown
Time: 4 Thursday evenings 7-9:30pm
Dates: 27 May, 3, 10 & 17 June
Cost: Workshop fee: $40
Bookings: 46 28 0044

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