Children & families

Waverley is family-friendly with residents and non-residents who work in our local area able to choose a variety of children services (0-5 years of age) to include four Long Day Care services, a Family Day Care Educator network and a Family and Community Support Worker.

Council also subsidises a number of community-based children’s services. Assistance with identifying local needs and planning new services is available from Community Workers.

Long Day Care centres mainly cater for children aged 0-5 whose parents work. They open at least 8 hours per day, 49 weeks of the year. Care can be part-time or full-time and children may stay for shorter periods though, there are usually minimum hours of attendance per day. A varied educational program is provided as in pre schools. In practice, very few centres cater for 0-2 year olds and it may be difficult to find a place for a child who is under 3. Parents are always advised to put their child’s name on a number of waiting lists as early as possible. 

Family Day Care is a government funded and licensed by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and complies with the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011. Children are cared for in small groups of up to 4 children in the Educators’ own home. Flexible arrangements are possible ie full day care, part-time (Carers charge for a minimum of 7 hours per day), before and after school care and limited emergency care. All educators who are registered with Waverley Council Family Day Care provide supervision and support for them through the Coordination Unit and from Child Development Officers who visit Educators regularly. The scheme also provides play sessions for Educators and children registered with Waverley Family Day Care.
Eligible families could claim Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate when attending Waverley Family Day Care.

Occasional Care is provided for short periods of time on an occasional or emergency basis. At some centres this may be limited to a session or a few hours per week. Parents may be able to use this type of care on a regular basis and for whole days. It is ideal for shopping or appointments or for providing a necessary break.

Private Home Based Carers are licensed by the NSW Department of education and Communities to care for up to 4 children in their own homes. Phone the Department on 9245 1666 to check current licenses. In the Waverley area there are 15 such carers in a variety of locations. Most cater for under 3’s. Hours vary, as do fees.Childcare Benefit is not available.

Pre-Schools and Kindergartens are usually open between 9.00am and 3.00pm during school terms only. Care for 3-5 year olds is provided on a sessional basis either as a morning or afternoon session or a full day, with some centres offering both. In Waverley, pre-schools offering a shorter day program are government subsidised and fees are based on a means test.


Waverley Council Community Services
Address:  1st Floor, 31 - 33 Spring Street, Bondi Junction 2022
Phone: 9083 8999

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Waverley Council Community Services
1st Floor, 31-33 Spring Street. Bondi Junction
Phone: 9083 8999