Professional early childhood care service in Sydney providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. The service is staffed by qualified and experienced educators who are dedicated to supporting children's development and wellbeing.
389 Port Hacking Road South, Caringbah, NSW 2229
Our Caringbah Childcare Centre located beside Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School delivers high-quality early childhood education and care programs for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years. Our Nursery, Toddler and Preschool Education Programs provide play-based learning opportunities to nurture young children during their formative years. Nutritious meals, nappies and wipes, and a school readiness program are provided.
7:00am – 6:00pm (Monday-Friday)
6 weeks to 6 years old
In June 2017, Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services (SCECS) was established as the first early childhood service for our families and parish communities within the Archdiocese of Sydney. For the first time our parishes and schools could call upon another Catholic Organisation to provide care and education for their families with young children.
As a not-for-profit service, supporting our growing communities, it is vital that we provide a comprehensive early education experience for children and their families, supporting a seamless and successful transition to school.
Our Lady of Fatima Preschool & Long Day Care is a new 76 place preschool & long day care service for 0-6 year olds, designed by architects Alleanza, is nestled between Our Lady of Fatima church and the primary school. The service features 3 distinct areas specifically designed for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
Our Lady of Fatima Preschool & Long Day Care incorporates the notion of ‘the environment as the third teacher’, built from and promoting sustainability resources, elements such as water tanks, solar panels, exposed timber doors and walls, and open and airy play rooms, connecting children visually and physically to the outside natural environment.
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Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services Ltd
• We provide healthy and nutritious meals freshly prepared by our in-house cook
• We provide all the essentials - nappies, cot linen and sunscreen
• We provide stimulating indoor and outdoor spaces to encourage learning and play
• We provide real-time updates to families via our documentation app on Storypark
• We recruit passionate and committed early childhood professionals to care for your children
A majority of the families are eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS), which can help in reducing the cost by up to 80%. We've created this Subsidy Calculator to check your eligibility and subsidy amount.
Yes, each service is licensed to operate with a maximum number of children based on the physical space available to each service.
No, we are unable to cater to session swaps due to staffing requirements.
No, if your booking falls on a public holiday you will not be charged for this.
To cease care, you are required to provide 2 weeks’ written notice. If you are receiving CCS, please note that CCS is not payable for any absences after your child’s last day of physical attendance. Therefore, you are required to attend your last booked day of care to ensure that CCS is paid.
It is important to notify your service via email if your child is not attending a booked session. Please note that as a casual booking, you will not be charged provided that notice is given prior to 5:00pm the day before.
It is important to notify your service via email if your child is not attending a booked session. Please note that if the absence falls on a day that is booked permanently you will still be charged for the session. For flexible care arrangements, please contact your service to discuss casual bookings.
We recommend that you contact our Customer Service team on (02) 9568 8628 to request a casual booking. Please note that such requests can only be accommodated if the service can operate within the legislated staffing ratios.
Yes, your child is welcome to attend on a casual basis dependent on session availability at time of booking. Please email your service to request a casual booking.
Yes! It is free to enrol with SCECS and you will have peace of mind knowing that if an unexpected emergency arises, your child is welcome to attend our service based on session availability. If your child is not enrolled, you will not be able to use the service regardless of the circumstances.
Click here to access our guide to using Storypark Manage. The guide will show you how to enrol and request care.
To claim CCS you will need to make a claim with Centrelink via this link.
To get an estimate of your family entitlements, use our CCS calculator found under fee information on your service webpage. This will allow you to view how much your gap fee could be.
Yes, SCECS is an approved Australian child care provider. CCS is paid directly to SCECS based on family entitlements. Families are required to pay the gap, also known as the out of pocket fee.
If your child only attends during Vacation Care you will need to provide the service with their medication for the . The service will require completed authorisation forms and medications prior to attending your first day of care. Please note that medication must be provided in its original packaging with prescription labels attached.
Your child should wear sun safe clothing, including a hat and enclosed shoes and pack a water bottle, morning tea and lunch. SCECS will provide sunscreen, breakfast, and afternoon tea. Please note that Vacation Care is a nut free environment due to allergies.
Our vacation care fees have a base of $68.00 per day. However, depending on the type of activity taking place there could be an additional charge depending on what is involved. Please check your service program for the total fee for each day. Note: CCS is applied to the total fee.
You are required to provide 7 days’ written notice to cancel a vacation care booking. If you do not provide 7 days’ written notice, you will be charged the full fee including any extra charges (minus any CCS if applicable).
You must be enrolled with SCECS to attend our Vacation Care program. In order to make a booking, you will need to complete a booking form. The booking form can be found on your service webpage, along with the program. Upon receiving your booking form, the service will confirm in writing whether you have received your requested days.
Yes, if there is sufficient demand from families. If the demand is insufficient, families are welcome to attend any SCECS Vacation Care service that is most convenient for the family. Please note that you will not be required to re-enrol.
The programs our qualified and experienced teams provide are specifically designed with each child and service in mind – you won’t find the same program at each SCECS service! A new program is carefully put together each vacation period, keeping our programs exciting and new. We offer a variety of fun experiences including games, drama, physical activity, cooking, craft, STEM activities, gardening and so much more.
At SCECS, safety of our children, staff and families is our number one concern. The Educator to Child ratio of 1:15 for OSHC services applies in NSW. This ratio means that for every 15 children in an OSHC service, there needs to be 1 Educator available. For example, for 30 children, 2 Educators working directly with the children.Our staff will be supervising at all times to ensure the safety of all. Risk assessments will be completed to ensure that any risks have been mitigated.
Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety: SCECS is a Child Safe Organisation dedicated to the Protection of every child in our care. SCECS aims to create environments where children’s safety and wellbeing is the centre of thought, values and actions. This framework is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the rights of Children and aims to ensure that every child’s safety and wellbeing is maintained.
In NSW, the educator to child ratio is 1:15. This ratio means that for every 15 children that are present, there must be one educator on supervision. However, at SCECS, we have a minimum of 2 staff regardless of whether there are less than 15 children present.
Yes, we provide a range of nutritional, healthy foods for breakfast and afternoon tea. We are guided by the Eat Smart Play Smart (ESPS) manual. Each session, we offer a mix of various in-season fruit and vegetables, wholemeal breads, and cereals, heart-healthy lean protein and low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese. We are an allergy aware service.
We work with children and families to develop a new and exciting program each week to ensure that children’s specific interests are captured, making their time at SCECS as fun as possible. SCECS takes a child-centred approach to programming, and provides a mix of educational, play and leisure based programs. We encourage families to provide feedback and suggestions. Additionally, educators also conduct spontaneous activities based on the direction of the children throughout the session.
Yes, we understand that time at home is precious and to support our families, we set up a well-resourced quiet space and allow time in our afternoon routine for homework. We work together in partnership with the parents to support your child’s homework needs.
Educators and psychologists are in agreeance that the single most important period in a child’s development occurs from birth to age six. Evidence shows that participating in a high quality early education program delivers lasting health and educational outcomes preparing children for school and beyond.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It’s part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, recognising the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.Learn more on the ACECQA website
Yes, nappies are included for 0-2 year olds. Children of other ages requiring nappies and who are not toilet training, should bring them along to the service.
SCECS provides breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack (when required).We provide for a qualified onsite Chef catering for each child and providing fresh, nutritious and healthy meals. Meal time is a special time for children and staff to come together and enjoy a diverse range of cuisines.
Our services operate from 7:00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a year. We’re not open on weekends or public holidays.
Yes you can join the waitlist. We will require your baby’s surname and for their first name, write ‘baby’. We also require an estimated date of birth. Once your child is born, please contact us to update your details.
At SCECS we are an inclusive environment who provides for children with additional needs and is available to every child. For specific advice on how we could best accommodate your child/ren, you should speak with the Director at the SCECS service you are interested in.
Toilet training usually occurs between ages of 18 months – 3 years. We work in partnership with families to encourage and implement toilet training when you feel your child is ready, based on their individual stage of development and need.
Transitions into an older room are based on developmental readiness and availability.
The following are acceptable to prove immunisation:
No other documents will be accepted and the enrolment cannot be confirmed without one of these.
SCECS requires children to be fully up-to-date with their immunisations, or be on a catch up schedule, or have a medical exemption to be enrolled into care. Documentation supporting the child’s immunisation position, must be provided at the time of enrolment. Children who are not vaccinated will not receive the Child Care Subsidy and are not eligible for enrolment.
All staff employed by SCECS must have a Working With Children Check (WWCC), and our Coordinator holds First Aid in Education and Care Setting, Child Protection and a Diploma of Children’s Services (or is working towards completion). SCECS actively encourages all educators to undertake first aid courses, and offers other professional development opportunities, including traineeships.
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