Child care in Parramatta (Suburb Profile)

16+ childcare centre's found in Parramatta and another 66 centres in adjoining suburbs of Northmead, Harris Park,North Parramatta,Rosehill,Granville,South Granville ,Mays Hill, Merrylands, Clyde

800+

Number of approved childcare /daycare spots

16+

Number of childcare childcare /daycare centres

4-6+

Growth rate of childcare centres

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Suburb Profile

Childcare Parramatta

Parramatta is a 30 minute train ride from the Sydney CBD. Found on the banks of the Parramatta River and not too far from the thriving capital of Sydney, Parramatta is a lovely suburb that is ideal for families to live in. With long day care options available, working and raising a family here can really be a dream come true. Whether you need long day care in Parramatta or casual care, there are many council run childcare centres as well as privately owned businesses. In terms of accessibility, many centres can be accessed by car or walking, as well as child care near train stations and metros for those living close to train lines.

Another aspect of the family friendliness of Parramatta is that there are many parks and recreational facilities. Having easy access to the river bank and park spaces around the waterfront area is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get plenty of fresh air, and stay healthy and motivated. This makes it easier to have convenient and affordable days out when the children are not in childcare facilities. City of Parramatta provides around 300 beautiful and diverse parks and reserves for residents and visitors to enjoy. Many of the larger parks include barbecue and picnic facilities, making them perfect for get-togethers with family and friends in a natural setting. Playgrounds are also provided in more than 100 parks and reserves for children to enjoy, learn and interact.

Finally, Parramatta has plenty hospitals and medical facilities available when sickness occurs in a family. There are enough 24 hour emergency clinics for peace of mind when a child gets sick, as well as hospitals that can tend to serious problems or illness, including the Western Sydney Local Health District and the Parramatta Medical Clinic.

Accessibility & Transportation

Parramatta part of the outer Sydney suburbs prides itself in providing accessible services and invests in ideas to make life easier for all citizens. Many Child care centres can be accessed by car or walking, as well as child care near train stations for those living close to train lines. Parramatta is easily accessible by train, bus and RiverCat, while the Parramatta Transport Interchange provides a gateway to Western Sydney by linking rail services with the Western Sydney Transitway Network, local buses and other transport services. Parramatta is well commected via trains to the Sydney CBD and other destinations around NSW. Commuters can easily plan their trips using the department of transport's trip planner tool.

Childcare info

The City of Parramatta provides long day care centres for children from birth to school age, offering quality care and learning experiences through a variety of educational programs. Centres are open for 11 hours per day, five days per week for 49 weeks per year. Parramatta is a family friendly suburb offering various options for childcare which include community or council based not for profit centres and private or commercial centres .

Parramatta Childcare centres usually operate for children from 0-6 years of age. Beyond 5/6 years of age a child is expected to be at school and most school's provide after school care.

Long day care
0-6 years

Parramatta Long Day Care centres aim to cater to working families by opening a minimum of 8-10 hours per day.

These centres offer child care and developmental programs including programs which preschools offer. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services

Pre school
3-6 years

Parramatta Pre schools offer development programs for children usually between the ages of 3-6. Preference is given to children who are about to start school. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services.

Family day care
0-6 years

Family Day Care offers child care and developmental programs in the homes of registered carers. Each carer can care for up to 4- 5 children under school age. Each carer is registered with a family day care organization who oversee their quality and program and also help them obtain fee subsidies for families using their service.

Occasional care
0-6 years

Parramatta Occasional care services are for parents who need short periods of child care for children under school age. They can be used regularly or irregularly while parents shop, attend appointments or take a break from parenting. Fee subsidies are available.

Childcare cost and government subsidy (CCR & CCB)

Childcare in Parramatta can range from 80 dollars to 150 dollars a day. The cost depends on the childcare facilities, location and the brand. Some of the providers have invested in very well designed play areas and even employ a chef to cook quality meals for children at the centre itself. I know of one centre where kids are encourage to learn a 2nd language and provide teachers with the appropriate skills to teach the children.

The Australian Government provides families with two types of financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care - the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. It is important to remember that while Child Care Benefit is based on family income, the Child Care Rebate is not income tested.

For detailed information on child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate (CCR), visit the department of human services website.

National Quality Framework for childcare

The NQF framework assesses childcare centres against seven quality parameters. It is important for parents to check the same before selecting a childcare for their child. For more information on the quality rating visit the National quality Framework site

Demand vs Supply

There is a good demand for affordable childcare in Parramatta . Most community and council run child care centre's have a long wait list. With new private commercial centres opening recently, childcare spots availability have improved.

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