North Shore Childcare & Early Learning Centre Guide


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!


Lower North Shore Childcare Centres

North Shore Child Care Centre

North Shore Childcare Centre

About North Shore Childcare Centre

North Shore Childcare Centre is a great place for children to grow. They are a small boutique centre catering for only 15 children, aged 2-6 years. Their centre is conveniently located in St Leonards Corporate Centre – a short walk from Station, RNSH, SBS Television Station and Artarmon industrial area.

At North Shore childcare centre, they believe every child is unique, hence one care plan does not fit all. Their incessant endeavour is to identify each child’s learning style and provide them with a conducive atmosphere for learning and mentoring that is intuitive, discreet, and compatible with their abilities.

Their strengths and objectives are to create a great place for children to grow with the consistency of permanent staff and relationships with families so the transition for your child is seamless. They also offer a variety of extracurricular activities including, music, Munch and Move & STEM based learning.

Want to know more? Book a tour here.

  • Ages: 2 years – 6 years
  • Hours: 8am – 6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included. Freshly cooked healthy and nutritious meals catering to all dietary requirements.
  • Fees: $147 per day. Currently running Opening Special Promo: $110/day

Contact North Shore Childcare Centre

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.

The 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: $130-$140 per day

Contact Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre

Billy Kids Early Learning Pymble

About Billy Kids Pymble

Billy Kids Pymble resides in a federation home designed by teachers who are passionate about early childhood education and development. Veggie patches, a mud kitchen, water pump, dedicated art room and innovative resources inspire children’s imagination, collective play and learning.

For over a decade, Billy Kids has built a reputation for selecting & keeping the very best Early Childhood Teachers who use holistic teaching methods to foster a lifelong love of learning. The outstanding School Readiness Program is based on teaching the Key Learning Areas of the curriculum through engaging children’s natural inquiry.

Billy Kids Pymble are currently rated “Exceeding” by the National Quality Standard.

Want to know more? Tours available Wednesdays & Fridays between 10am and 2pm. Contact their Centre Director, Donna Willcocks:

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7am – 6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included. They have their experienced cook onsite who makes fresh, nutritious food daily, taking into account any child’s specific dietary requirements.
  • Fees: Babies – 3 years $175/day| 3 years – school-age $155/day

Contact Billy Kids Pymble

Prepare Early Education

About Prepare Early Education

Prepare Early Education St Ives sets a new benchmark in Early Education providing an environment that enhances exploration, discovery, curiosity, positive social interactions, self-confidence and autonomy.

The state-of-the-art 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?  Book a tour.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7am – 6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks provided. The children enjoy healthy and delicious food prepared onsite by a fully qualified cook each day. All special diets such as vegetarian, fish, nut, gluten and dairy allergies are catered for, as well as cultural or specific health needs.

Contact Prepare Early Education

St Ives Chase Kindergarten

St Ives Chase Kindergarten

About St Ives Chase Kindergarten

St Ives Chase Kindergarten is a licensed multicultural long daycare centre catering for up to 40 children aged between 3-5 years for 2-5 days per week. The kindergarten has been opened ever since 1991. The Centre is open 48 weeks per year between 7am and 6pm. They aim to provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment where children can become active learners, explore, and learn through a wide variety of experiences and activities, day by day.

St Ives Chase Kindergarten offers a number of extracurricular activities, including School Readiness Program, a focus on nature and sustainability, daily photos and updates via parent app, incursions and excursions, sports programs, sun safe awareness, literacy programs, and creative arts programs.

  • Ages: 3 years – 5 years
  • Hours: 7am-6pm
  • Meals: No, bring your own recess & lunchbox
  • Fees: $111 (preschool hours) & $131 (long day care hours)

Contact St Ives Chase Kindergarten

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, complemented 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: 2 year olds: $157 (10.5 hour day), $137 (9 hour day) | 3-4 year olds: $142 (10.5 hour day), $125 (9 hour day)

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: $143-$151 per day

Contact Northside Montessori Early Learning Center

Northern Beaches Childcare Centres

Kindalin Early Childhood Learning Centres

Kindalin Frenchs Forest

About Kindalin Early Childhood Learning Centres

Located in the heart of Frenchs Forest, this fresh and modern child care centre offers care for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The two-storey centre has shady outdoor play areas for the children, with a forest feel and lots of room to explore. The children can enjoy a huge sandpit, numerous cubby houses, a creek with water to play in, and a child-friendly vegetable garden. Their dedicated team of long-term staff provide a family feel environment. Their knowledge and experience highlight their passion for children development, growth and school readiness. Local to the Frenchs Forest area, their staff are community involved and are dedicated and enthusiastic!

Their ‘Kindalin Education Network’ involves a range of extra-curricular visitors to the centre that contribute to the growing and learning of every child! These are included in the fees and include: Soccer Pat, The Music Man, Jingle Jam (Transition to School), Art with Miss Maree, GrowFit and Reid the Music.

They also offer a range of free parent seminars throughout the year for their families and wider community including:

  • Lauren Reinhardt: Speech, Language & Literacy seminar
  • Ian Wallace: Building Resilience in your Child seminar
  • Dr Kristy Goodwin: Raising Children in a Digital Age seminar
  • Anthony Semann: Tradition to School seminar
  • Early Life Parent CPR Program

Want to know more? To organise a tour of their Centre, please call Director Miss Ashlee on 9451 5455.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included. Their menu has been designed by Nutritionist Fiona Kupresanin and includes a range of healthy and exciting meals and snacks, all made in-house on-site at the centre!
  • Hours: 7am – 6.30pm
  • Fees: from $140-$160 per day

Contact Kindalin Early Childhood Learning Centres


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