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North Shore Childcare & Early Learning Centre Guide

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North Shore Childcare centre

Looking for a great childcare centre for your child on the North Shore? Choosing a childcare centre that best suits your child’s needs is a big decision. Our North Shore Childcare Guide showcases a range of amazing childcare centres across the North Shore, all with different philosophies and values for you to explore. Read on for key information about each centre, with details of how you can book a tour to explore further.

Click on the links below, to quickly go to the full listing in our North Shore Childcare & Early Learning Centre Guide:

Prefer a preschool? Take a look at our North Shore Preschool Guide too!


Multiple North Shore Locations

Only About Children

Only About Children

About Only About Children

Only About Children are more than childcare. What makes Only About Children so special is their holistic approach to early learning and childcare that focuses on the education, health and wellbeing of every child.

Every day they offer their dedicated Grow curriculum, Spanish language, music, book of the month, active, and health programs to give every child the best start to life. They have a number of childcare centres located across the North Shore, so there’s one near you!

Want to learn how Only About Children can help your child read their full potential? The best place to start is with a tour. Book your tour here today!

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Meals: Their menu is designed seasonally by Dietitians and all meals are prepared daily by in-house campus cooks.

Contact Only About Children

  • Locations: Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, St Leonards, Artarmon, Cammeray, Chatswood Albert Avenue, Chatswood Railway St, Turramurra Pentecost, Turramurra Tennyson, Wahroonga Eastern Rd, Wahroonga Burdett St, West Pymble, St Ives Link Rd, St Ives Killeaton St, Asquith, Waitara, Hornsby
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 138 622
  • Website:

Lower North Shore Childcare Centres

Uniting St John’s Child Care Centre

Uniting St Johns Child Care Centre

Uniting St John’s Child Care Centre

About Uniting St John’s

At St John’s Child Care Centre, they support families with education and care for their children, including a preschool program. They are open long hours for children from birth to five years.

They  value every child as an individual with a unique personality, interests and needs, so they can best help them to unlock and achieve their potential while enjoying their time in their care. They offer various programs depends on the children’s interests and their educational program.

At different times they have Tennis, Art, Music, Language programs and incursions expanding children’s knowledge of the wider world.

Want to know more? Follow this link to book a tour.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Hours: 7.30am – 6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included. They follow Munch and Move guidelines and create their own menu on healthy choices. They cater for allergies, food intolerances and cultural preferences.
  • Fees: From $144 -$178 per day

Contact Uniting St John’s

WillowBee Early Learning Centre

WillowBee Early Learning Centre

WillowBee Early Learning Centre

About WillowBee Early Learning Centre

WillowBee is a family owned boutique Early Learning Centre. They have been providing high quality long day care in Chatswood, Willoughby, Castle Cove, Middle Harbour, Roseville and beyond for the past 10 years.

Their preschool school readiness program ensures children are able to tackle ‘big school’ with confidence. Social skills, basic numeracy, literacy and gross motor skills, and learning through play, are all areas of focus.

WillowBee strives for a positive staff culture which results in lower staff turnover. They offer their educators a range of incentives and benefits not available at larger corporate centres.

In a world where corporations begin to dominate education, WillowBee offers the alternative. They are community minded, family owned, boutique and their owners are readily contactable.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7.30am – 6.30pm
  • Meals: Healthy nutritious meals provided by Kids Gourmet
  • Fees: $139-$155 per day

Contact WillowBee Early Learning Centre

Explore & Develop Artarmon

Explore & Develop Artarmon

About Explore & Develop Artarmon

At Explore & Develop Artarmon, their vision is to create a high-quality Early Childhood environment which strives to grow and evolve and impacts the lives of children, families, educators and the wider community, in many ways. They aim to create an environment which promotes diversity, inclusion and social equity.

Supported by strong relationships, they provide a play-based curriculum for children that encourages thinking, investigating, exploring and problem solving, using a variety of mediums. They offer Yoga and Mindfulness, bushwalks, music and more.

Want to learn more? Email them to book a tour.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7.30am-6pm
  • Meals: Yes, all meals and snacks. Menus are created by their community, chef & health & wellbeing leader. All menus meet the healthy eating guidelines
  • Fees: From $137-$152 per day

Contact  Explore & Develop Artarmon


Upper North Shore Childcare Centres

Bluebird Early Education Roseville

Bluebird Early Learning

About Bluebird Early Education

Bluebird Early Education offers an inspired education curriculum set within long day care hours. Nutritious meals are prepared daily on-site, including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack. They also offer an extensive co-curricular program with classes such as language, fitness, creative movement, yoga, martial arts, horticulture and sustainability.

Their richly resourced learning spaces feature the latest education technology, and a school readiness curriculum that focuses on literacy and numeracy, language, science and social skills.

Want to know more? Book a tour here.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Hours: 7am – 6pm
  • Meals: A beautiful interactive kitchen that promotes the exploration of nutritious meals and healthy eating with the children, run by their very own in-house cook. All meals are prepared fresh and with locally sourced ingredients.
  • Fees: $130 per day

Contact Bluebird Early Education

Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre

Thomas Carlyle Children's Centre

Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre

About Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre

Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre (TCCC) provides quality full day care for young children in a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment. They aim to promote self-esteem and positive attitudes to learning in an atmosphere of emotional and physical security. They encourage choice, fun, growth and active participation!

They’re proud to have also been rated as Exceeding in all 7 Quality Areas of the National Quality Standards.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7.30am-6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included
  • Fees: $120-$130 per day

Contact Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre

Kids Club

Kids Club Killara

About Kids Club 

“At the heart of everything we do, we place the children first”. This philosophy is based on the passionate motivation of experienced educators and dedicated support staff at Kids Club that are committed to providing the best start to your child’s future. Through child-led education programs designed around the National Quality Standard, Kids Club produces modern, safe environments, with engaging and award-winning learning spaces, the latest security features and in centre technology where all of their programs place the child in the centre of what they do.

One key and well received difference about Kids Club is their investment in extracurricular activities, including music lessons, sports classes and language lessons. What most people don’t know is all their extracurricular activities are free of charge and included in the cost of care.

Want to know more? Book a Kids Club Killara tour. Book a Kids Club Northern Beaches tour.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Hours: 7am – 6.30pm
  • Meals: All meals at Kids Club Childcare centres are freshly prepared on-site using high-quality ingredients and following Annabel Karmel’s recipes and a 4-week rotational menu. Meals are tasty, nutritious and freshly-prepared by their qualified chefs.
  • Fees: Killara, $150-$160 | Northern Beaches, $125-$145

Contact Kids Club 

Prepare Early Education

About Prepare Early Education

Prepare Early Education’s state of the art centres offer an environment that enhances exploration, discovery, positive social interactions, self-confidence and independence.

The newly-built centre on Killeaton Street in St Ives offers the Prepare™ Early Education Program with a focus on numeracy, literacy, science, creative arts, health & wellbeing and sustainability. The pre-school program is introduced from 4-6 years as they begin their transition into school.

The centre caters for children from 0-6 years and offers a range of natural skylight and outdoor play areas to explore. They offer Yoga (currently suspended due to Covid) and French lessons.

For easy drop offs and collections, it also features a large underground car park with more than 20 spaces.

Want to know more? Attend the upcoming Twilight Tour on 20 October. Book a tour.

Special Offer: 2 weeks free childcare when you enrol your child by 30 October 2020.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7am – 6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks provided. Seasonal, healthy & farm fresh

Contact Prepare Early Education

Orchard Early Learning Centre

Orchard Early Learning Centre

About Orchard Early Learning Centre

Located in the leafy suburb of St Ives, Orchard Early Learning Centre is a brand new long day care that offers an inspired nature based program where children spend large amounts of time outdoors. The service is architecturally designed to enable children and adults to connect with the natural world and in turn develops a strong foundation of environmental awareness and the importance of sustainability.

The curriculum is underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework with a vision for children to be competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging.

The Service is led by an experienced and warm educational team, that focus on creating meaningful relationships and learning experiences that allow children to engage thoughtfully and inquisitively with the ever-evolving world around them.

In an effort to support the needs of families Orchard ELC offers an all-inclusive experience to help make life just that little bit easier which includes, a School Readiness Program with inclusive excursions, music appreciation classes, Yoga and mindfulness classes, children’s gardening and sustainability program and workshops and more.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Hours: 6.30am – 6.30pm
  • Meals: 5 delicious meals a day cooked by their Centre Chef using a range of seasonal ingredients from local providores as well as their own Kitchen Garden and Orchard.
  • Fees: $135-$165 per day

Contact Orchard Early Learning Centre

Little Giants Killara

Little Giants Killara

About Little Giants Killara

At Little Giants Killara, they believe child development must be approached in a holistic, fun and educational way. Learning journeys are initiated from each child’s emerging interests – this evokes a sense of curiosity, active exploration and confidence within their children, creating life-long learners for years to come.

They have plenty of extracurricular activities on offer, including forest school, mindfulness, language lessons, cooking classes and more.

Want to know more? Call or email to book in a tour today.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Hours: 6.30am-6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included, they offer a 4-week seasonal, rotating menu.
  • Fees: $150 per day

Contact Little Giants Killara

Masada Cottage Early Learning Centre

Masada Cottage

About Masada Cottage

Masada Cottage, located in St Ives, is a warm and nurturing environment with an Early Learning Centre for children aged 2 to 6 years. They have been caring for children on the North Shore for more than 38 years. Their Preschool program is a combination of play-based learning, complimented by intentional and responsive teaching which they believe best develops communication skills and confidence in this age group.

They offer long daycare hours, fresh meals made daily and above regulation required teacher to child ratios. They are very proud of their Exceeding rate by ACECQA. Their preschoolers also benefit from specialist programs available to them from their Junior school, such as music, sport and Hebrew which creates a seamless transition to Kindergarten. Their Jewish Life Program ensures children start from a young age to understand and appreciate their Jewish heritage.

Want to know more? Head to their website to book a tour.

  • Ages: 2-6 years
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included. They are a vegetarian and nut-free centre.
  • Hours: 7.30am – 6pm
  • Fees: Visit their site to learn more.

Contact Masada Cottage

Northside Montessori Early Learning Center (Stepping Stones)

Northside Montessori Early Learning Center

About Northside Montessori Early Learning Center

Northside Montessori Early Learning Center (formerly Stepping Stones) is committed to developing the whole child through the Montessori Philosophy from ages 6 months to 6 years. Their early learning centre is culturally diverse and offers high quality long day care. At Stepping Stones, they collaborate with families to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can be supported as life-long learners. While they guide using Montessori.

  • Ages: 6 months – 5 years
  • Hours: 7.30am-6pm
  • Meals: Their aim is to provide a healthy, balanced diet for the children and to encourage healthy eating habits. Their children receive 3 meals a day from an experienced childcare catering company who provide a rotating six-week menu.
  • Fees: $140-$148 per day

Contact Northside Montessori Early Learning Center


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