Child care in Sydney (Suburb Profile)

28+ childcare centre's found in Sydney and another 40 centres in adjoining suburbs of Glebe, Pyrmont, Domain, Ultimo, Darlinghurst, Surry hills


Number of approved childcare /daycare spots


Number of childcare childcare /daycare centres


Growth rate of childcare centres

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Suburb Profile

Childcare Sydney

The heart of New South Wales and a vibrant, cultural hub, Sydney is an amazing place to live for people from all walks of life. For families living in the suburbs or inner city of Sydney, there are many family day care, before and after school care, and occasional care in Sydney. Another aspect of the family friendliness of Sydney's profile is that there are many parks and recreational facilities. There are also great outdoor spaces around the iconic Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour which are great for having fun in the sun as a family. This makes it easy to have to convenient and affordable days out when the children are not in childcare facilities. It is also a better way to enjoy the outdoors, get plenty of fresh air, and stay healthy and motivated. Finally, Sydney has many hospitals and medical facilities available when sickness occurs in a family. There are several 24 hour emergency clinics for problems that need to be treated immediately, as well as hospitals that can tend to serious problems for children.

Accessibility & Transportation

City of Sydney 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 and metros for those living close to train lines. Sydney has very good public transport services. Additional services such as the City metro services are being built. Commuters can easily plan their trips using the department of transport's trip planner.

Childcare info

Sydney is a family friendly city offering various options for childcare which include community or council based not for profit centres and private or commercial centres .

Sydney 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

Sydney 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

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

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 (Child Care Subsidy)

Childcare in Sydney can range from 80 dollars to 190 dollars a day. The cost depends on the childcare facilities, location and the brand. Some of the providers have invested in well designed play areas and even employ a chef to cook quality meals for children at the centre itself. Some centres encourage kids to learn a 2nd language and provide teachers with the appropriate skills to teach the children.

The Australian Government provides families with financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care - the Child Care Subsidy. There are elegibility requirements to accessing the subsidy. For more information on the subsidy visit the Child Care Subsidy blog.

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

Demand for affordable childcare in Sydney outstrips the supply. 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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