Caring for kids

Sydney is a family-friendly city with residents and non-residents who work in our local area able to choose from a wide variety of government, private and community child care centres and related services.

In this section you'll find information about the City of Sydney's child care centres, kindergartens, preschools, playgroups, after-school care services and vacation care programs.

Meeting future demands

In 2013, the City commissioned and published an analysis of child care needs across the local area now and into the future.

The analysis covers centre-based child care, long day care, preschool, occasional care and home-based care.

Upcoming child care opportunities

You can register on a waiting list for child care at the following locations, which are still under construction:

Bourke Street, Darlinghurst Huntley Street, Alexandria The Crescent, Annandale Joynton Avenue, Zetland


For more information about upcoming child care opportunities, please contact:

Irene Fakas
Project Manager, Child Care Implementation
02 9265 9333

Other services for children

Rock, Rhyme and Storytime

Young children aged up to 5 years can take part in Rock, Rhyme and Storytime, held at the City of Sydney libraries. The sessions introduce children to the world of books, music and craft. 

Information sheets for the following services can be downloaded at the end of this page:

Children's services (child care: 0 to 5 years)

  • Long day education and care 
  • Preschools
  • Work/study-based care
  • Family day care
  • Referral service 

Services for school-aged children

  • Primary schools (public and non-government)
  • High school (public and non-government)
  • Out of school hours (OOSH) care
  • Recreation activities and programs

Services for families with children

  • Playgroups
  • Early childhood and community health centres
  • Children with special needs
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. 


For more information about children's services provided by the City, please contact:

Marley Woods
Manager, Child and Family Services
02 9246 7887

Last updated: Monday, 14 September 2015