Children's Services and Childcare
Children's Services Guide Online
The North Sydney Children's Services Guide is now fully online as part of the North Sydney online Community Directory. Please click on the following link to find North Sydney childcare services as well as playgroups, childhood health centres, family support services, services for children with additional needs and details of places to visit and things to do with young children in North Sydney.
Ring the Childcare Hotline to check for vacancies in your area:
- Childcare Access Hotline: 1800 670 305
- Telephone Typewriter Service (TTY): 1800 639 327
(for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment)
- Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS): 13 14 50
Between 2011 and 2016, the ABS Census revealed that the number of families with young children in North Sydney increased by 1004. The number of both single parent families and couples with young children continued to grow, with an additional 1387 children aged 0-11 years counted. Council is aware that such numbers are placing significant pressure on the need for additional preschool child care places, before and after school care places and primary school classes. Accordingly, Council continues to negotiate with both the Dept of Education and child care providers to fill the gaps created by such significant increases.
Best Practice Guidelines for Childcare Centres
While North Sydney Council recommends ground floor locations for childcare centres, it recognises the increasingly limited opportunities to obtain ground floor and green field sites. For more information please see the Best Practice Guidelines for Childcare Centres below.
Playgroups offer an opportunity for children aged 0-5 years to meet, play and learn with other children and a chance for parents and carers to mix with others. The parent or carer must accompany children for the entire time.
Playgroups may be held in halls, church grounds or community centres. A small fee to cover costs is usually charged. For a list of playgroups in the North Sydney area, you can download the Children's Services Guide or search the Community Directory.
The Playgroup Association of NSW provides industry support to playgroups in NSW, telephone (02) 9632 8577 or visit their website.