Our long day care centres provide working parents with a stimulating, safe environment for their children to learn and play. To help you decide what’s best for your child and your family, you’ll find all the information here on what to expect and how it works.
About Long Day Care
Our centres care for children from 6 weeks to school age. Hours are generally between 7.45am and 5.45pm with flexible pick-up and drop-off times. Hot lunches and healthy snacks are provided and we will cater for special dietary needs. Nappies are also provided for babies and toddlers.
All our centres operate under the National Quality Framework and Regulations. Each one has been rated as ‘Meeting’ or 'Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard. You can view these ratings on the ACECQA website. Regular information evenings and special events offer parents opportunities to provide feedback and become involved with centre activities and programs.
Quality Staff and Child Ratios
Our long day care centres employ Early Childhood teachers and trained staff with qualifications including Associate Diploma in Child Care Studies and Certificate III in Education and Care.
The minimum staff to child ratios in our centres are:
- 0-2 years – one educator /four children
- 2-3 years – one educator/ five children
- 3-6 years – one educator/ 10 children
Learning through Play
Following the Early Years Learning Framework, educational programs are developed by talking to families and observing children's needs and interests.
Daily indoor and outdoor activities motivate, stimulate, challenge and extend the children’s skills.
Positive social interaction, confidence, independence and skills essential for starting school, are the focus for our 3-5 year olds.
What does Long Day Care Cost?
Fees vary depending on the Centre and child’s age. Please see our Fees and Charges for specific costs.
Northern Beaches Council’s Long Day Care centres are Australian Government approved. Depending on your family circumstances you may be able to claim Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Visit the Department of Human Services website for more information on assistance with fees.
Applying for Long Day Care
Places may be available throughout the year, with most children enrolling in January each year. To join the waitlist, complete the online Waitlist Application.
Placement in Long Day Care
Most long day care places are offered in October or November for the following January. However if additional places become available, offers are made to the next eligible family on the waiting list. We follow the government's recommended priority of access guidelines.
Your Child’s Immunisation History
All child care services need a copy of each child’s Immunisation History Statement or Immunisation Medical Exemption form. Obtain a copy of your child's immunisation details through Medicare Online Services, at your local DHS Service Centre or by calling the Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.
Long Day Care Locations
Northern Beaches Council Long Day Care operates from the following locations:
Belrose Children’s Centre
Cnr Bambara Road and Forest Way
Belrose NSW 2085
Brookvale Children’s Centre
38 Federal Parade
Brookvale NSW 2100
Dee Why Children’s Centre
72 Fisher Road
Dee Why NSW 2099
Harbour View Children's Centre
10-12 Ross Street
Seaforth NSW 2092
Narrabeen Children’s Centre
58-62 Ocean Street
Narrabeen NSW 2101
The Roundhouse Children’s Centre
26 Balgowlah Road
Fairlight NSW 2094