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North Shore Childcare & Early Learning Centre Guide

Kindalin Early Childhood Centres, Frenchs Forest
Kindalin Early Childhood Centres, Frenchs Forest

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 & Early Learning Centre Guide showcases some wonderful childcare centres across the North Shore, all with different philosophies and values for you to explore.

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!


North Shore Childcare Centres

BubbaDesk, St Leonards

About BubbaDesk

BubbaDesk is a leading coworking space with childcare, located in St Leonards on Sydney’s lower north shore and Erina on the Central Coast.

The innovative concept combines a professional workspace with an onsite childcare facility, catering to the unique needs of working parents. With a focus on flexibility, convenience, and community, BubbaDesk aims to empower professionals to achieve their career goals while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

  • Flexible workspaces: BubbaDesk offers a range of workspaces, including hot desks, private meeting and call rooms, and communal areas, all equipped with modern infrastructure and high-speed internet.
  • State-of-the-art childcare: the childcare facility is designed to cater to children of various age groups, from 4 months to 4 years. It is equipped with age-appropriate toys, educational resources, and a nurturing environment to promote growth and development.
  • Expert caregivers: BubbaDesk employs experienced caregivers, each bringing a unique perspective from pervious roles either in traditional daycare settings, nannying or parents themselves. They are trained to create a warm and engaging atmosphere for children, fostering their social, cognitive, and emotional development.
  • Flexibility and convenience: BubbaDesk offers flexible membership plans, allowing parents to choose the most suitable option for their needs. Whether they require occasional childcare or regular full-time care, there are options to accommodate various schedules.
  • Networking and community events: BubbaDesk fosters a strong sense of community by organising networking events, workshops, and seminars. Parents can connect with fellow professionals, exchange ideas, and build valuable relationships, all while their children are well taken care of.

If you want to work while your kids are close, this is the ideal solution!

  • Ages: 4 months – 4 years
  • Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included.
  • Fees: $160-$175 per day. Coworking spaces are tax deductible.

Contact BubbaDesk

Kookaburra Kindergarten, Chatswood

About Kookaburra Kindergarten

Kookaburra Kindergarten

Kookaburra Kindergarten first opened 33 years ago and has maintained a reputation for providing an exceptional play-based educational program.

Their centre is set in a beautifully renovated home and has an enormous playground shaded by mature gum trees. With quiet areas for reflection and imagination, a veggie garden, sandpit, swings, bike track and creek, there is so much to explore. They have a wonderful community, and families get involved and host loads of events, programs and excursions.

Best of all is their incredible team of educators. They are highly qualified, creative and provide stimulating programs that scaffold and extend on the children’s interests. Their number one priority is providing a safe and nurturing environment where your child feels confident to grow and learn.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Hours: 7.45am-6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included.
  • Fees: Joeys Nursery (8 months to 2 years) $157.50 | Wombats Toddlers (2 to 3 years ) $152.50 | Koalas Junior Preschool (3 to 4/4.5 years) $147.50 | Possums Senior Preschool (4 to 5.5 years) $147.50

Contact Kookaburra Kindergarten

Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre, East Lindfield

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: $140-$150 per day

Contact Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre

Prepare Early Education, St Ives & Forestville

About Prepare Early Education

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

The state-of-the-art centres offer 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 children begin their transition into school.

The centres cater for children from 0-6 years and offer a range of indoor and outdoor play areas to explore, and their professional staff work to the highest standards to create a positive environment for learning. They offer a comprehensive range of incursions, including yoga, languages, art therapy, sports, movement and dance.

For easy drop offs and collections, both centres also feature a large underground car park with more than 20 spaces.

Want to know more? Book a tour or call your preferred centre using the phone number below. 

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7am – 6pm at St Ives and 7am-6.30pm at Forestville
  • 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

  • Address: 36 Killeaton Street, St. Ives | 12 Violet Ave, Forestville
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: St Ives (02) 9144 1256 | Forestville (02) 9975 7002
  • Website: prepare.nsw.edu.au

Masada Cottage Early Learning Centre, St Ives

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 5 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? Please book a chat with their ELC Director on their website.

  • Ages: 2-5 years
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included. They are a vegetarian and nut-free centre.
  • Hours: 7.30am – 6pm
  • Fees: 2 year olds: $167 (10.5 hour day), $145 (9 hour day) | 3-4 year olds: $150 (10.5 hour day), $133 (9 hour day)

Contact Masada Cottage

Orchard Early Learning, St Ives

About Orchard Early Learning

Orchard Early Learning Centre offers a fresh approach to early learning. Drawing on the natural environment, they look to inspire children to become discoverers, learners, and thinkers – holistically preparing them for a life of learning and wellbeing.

Led by an experienced and warm educational team, they focus on creating playful learning experiences that allow children to engage thoughtfully and inquisitively with the ever-evolving world around them.

Their St Ives centre provides children aged 6 weeks to 6 years a home away from home, where their individual personalities and learning styles will be cherished and celebrated.

Both the indoor and outdoor spaces have been carefully designed to facilitate their unique approach to early childhood learning and immerse children in their paddock to plate philosophy.

Want to know more? Book a tour with their team.

Coming March 2024 – Orchard Early Learning – 723 Warringah Road, Forestville.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 6.30am – 6.30pm
  • Meals: 5 delicious meals a day included and cooked by our in-house chef
  • Fees: 0-1 year $179/day  |  1-3 years $169/day  |  4-6 years $159/day
    The following discount will be applied based on each family’s total number of enrolled days per week on the following scale: 5-7 days – 5%, 8-10 days – 10%, 11 or more days – 15%

Contact Orchard Early Learning

Adventures Preschool & Long Daycare, Turramurra

About Adventures Preschool and Long Day Care

The outdoor space at Adventures Pennant Hills

Adventures already has two ‘Exceeding’ preschools in the Sydney Hills District (in Pennant Hills and West Pennant Hills), and is opening a brand-new service in South Turramurra in 2023/2024.

Adventures Preschool and Long Day Care offers a well-structured preschool curriculum, across 9 key learning areas (e.g. Literacy, Numeracy, STEM & Creative Arts), and collaboration with local schools, has contributed to our long-term success and importantly, children’s successful transition to school.

The family-owned operation, managed by Nerrilee Lysaght, enjoys a friendly atmosphere, supportive management, great respect for its educators and fosters long-term employment and career growth opportunities.

Tours are welcome by appointment. To book please call or email Rochelle.

  • Ages: 6 months – 5 years
  • Hours: 7.30am-6:00pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included
  • Fees: $160 – $180 per day

Contact Adventures Preschool and Long Day Care

  • Locations:
    • 102 Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra | Phone: (02) 7258 7900
    • 23 Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills | Phone: (02) 9481 7765
    • 25 New Line Road, West Pennant Hills | Phone: (02) 9875 3391
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: adventurespreschool.com.au

Turramurra Kindergarten, North Turramurra

About Turramurra Kindergarten

Turramurra Kindergarten is a beautiful 50 place family-owned boutique childcare centre located in North Turramurra.

Early experiences and environment shape and influence your children and prepare them for their futures. By providing a caring and nurturing environment we build on your children’s home experiences and work closely with our parents to provide a fun learning environment with a holistic approach to reading, writing, numeracy, environmental awareness and sustainability.

Turramurra Kindergarten offers children lots of events and celebrations throughout the year – such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day. The program also includes excursions and visits by entertainers to complement and extend children’s learning about the wider community.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Hours: 7am-6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included
  • Fees: $155 per day for 2-3 year olds | $165 per day for 3-6 year olds

Contact Turramurra Kindergarten

Turramurra Montessori Academy, South Turramurra

Turramurra Montessori Academy

About Turramurra Montessori Academy

Turramurra Montessori Academy is an early learning centre nestled in the peaceful suburban surrounds of South Turramurra. Featuring a homely single-story design, the centre is home to three spacious Montessori classrooms for toddlers and preschoolers, aged 15-months to 6 years.

Turramurra Montessori Academy follows Dr Maria Montessori’s renowned philosophy that fosters a love of learning, builds independence, and respects the natural learning journey. Montessori education differs from traditional play-based childcare by prioritising personalised learning to support self-made confidence, creativity, and curiosity.

The Montessori prepared environment provides specially designed materials and guidance for hands-on, active learning, empowering children to discover their full potential.

They also have centres in Lane Cove, Lane Cove West, Macquarie Park, Ryde and Crows Nest catering from 6 weeks old to 6 years. Find out more.

  • Ages: 15 months – 6 years
  • Hours: 7.30am-6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included
  • Fees: $160-$170 per day

Contact Turramurra Montessori Academy

Arkie Early Education Centre, Wahroonga

About Arkie Early Education Centre Wahroonga

From day one, Arkie’s goal has been to change the trajectory of children’s education through fun learning opportunities, interactions and experiences. As a true partner to parents, they inspire confidence, health, and ultimately happiness in every child. Every child is unique, no two children are the same.

The learning and development of every individual child remains at the heart of everything they do at Arkie. Their role is to work in collaboration with families towards the holistic development of a child. They are dedicated to nurturing the social and emotional literacy of every child in preparation for kindergarten and life beyond school. Family founded; they truly know the importance of family. They see Arkie as an extension of your family, committed to the highest level of safety & care.

Their holistic approach to early learning includes:

  • Dedicated Art Studio & Languages
  • Professionally designed Music & Recording Studio for singing, dancing, drama and performance
  • The Shed – Arkie’s Woodwork Room
  • Arkie Active Program including movement & sports, yoga, meditation & stillness
  • As part of their STEM & Sustainability Program they have a vegetable & herb garden for worm farming, composting and recycling hubs
  • An abundance of Outdoor Sensory experiences including sandpits, slides, climbing equipment, water play areas, mud pits and cubby houses.

Want to know more? Email [email protected] to join their waitlist and to stay up-to-date on all things Arkie Wahroonga.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Hours: 7am – 6pm
  • Meals: All meals and snacks provided
  • Fees: $150-$170 per day

Contact Arkie Early Education Centre Wahroonga

Northern Beaches Childcare Centres

Kindalin Early Childhood Learning Centres, Frenchs Forest

Kindalin Frenchs Forest

About Kindalin Early Childhood Learning Centres

Kindalin Frenchs Forest spreads generously across two levels with indoor and outdoor areas and provides children with a modern, yet natural space to explore and grow. Their Exclusive Preschool Program starts from an early age and continues right up till the transition to kindergarten.

Inside the centre, they have four bright and airy rooms that focus on children of different age groups. Downstairs provides three rooms, for three age groups, each equipped with the tools and resources to spark imaginations; a writing centre, a home corner, a construction centre, and quiet areas for stories and reading are just a few. The upstairs space provides a large room with three separate spaces dedicated to their preschool-aged children, including indoor learning spaces, an indoor/outdoor jungle room.

They offer a number of extracurricular activities, including Music Man, Jingle Jam, Soccer Pat, GrowFit, Art with Maree and Reid the Music.

Want to know more? Book a tour online.

  • Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
  • Meals: All meals and snacks included.
  • Hours: 7am – 6.30pm
  • Fees: from $165-$189 per day

Contact Kindalin Early Childhood Learning Centres


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