Northern Beaches Council focuses on understanding and meeting the child care needs of our local community. We provide affordable choice for families seeking quality education and care for children and all our services Exceed or Meet the National Quality Standard.

Early Childhood Education and Care – 0-6 years

Choosing the right child care can sometimes be an overwhelming time for you and your child. It’s important to consider your options early and think about the type of early education and care that suits your family best and will provide the best outcomes for your child.

Starting Blocks from the Australian Children's Education and Care Authority, has information about early childhood education and care which can help you make the best choice for your child and family.

Find out more about the importance of picking the right pre-school program.

Long Day Care or Family Day Care

We have long day care centres located at Belrose, Brookvale, Dee Why, Fairlight, Narrabeen and Seaforth. The educational programs are child centred, providing opportunities for each child to develop and learn through play. Pre-schoolers participate in a quality pre-school program within our long day care centres

Alternatively, small group, home-based care is offered through experienced family day care Educators, co-ordinated through Council. Educators care for up to 4 children in their own home where young children learn through play and social interaction.   

To join the waitlist for a place complete the online Waitlist Application, if you need a place soon please contact us to ask about vacancies.

For more information, go to our Long Day Care or Family Day Care pages.


Pre-school offers a cost effective alternative for families with flexible working hours. Operating during school terms, the pre-school program is for children from 3 years. A play based learning environment enables children to develop the confidence and social skills they need for school.

To join the waitlist for a pre-school place complete the online Waitlist Application.

For more information, go to our Pre-school page.

Occasional Care

When you need a few hours to yourself, Occasional Care provides flexible care for children under school age.

You can register online and make bookings through the centre on 9941 1900. 

Out of School Hours Care - 5-12 years

Vacation Care

Council's Vacation Care centres cater for school children aged between 5 and 12 during school holidays, offering excursions and in centre days full of fun and activities. Register for Vacation Care to receive information on the school holiday program.

After School Care

A number of our Family Day Care Educators offer home based after school care for children. 

Need help?

Call us on 9942 2428 and we'll point you in the right direction.

Picking the Right Pre-school Program

Picking the right pre-school program for your child will help shape their future.