Carlingford Childcare

A home away from home!

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7am – 6pm
(50 weeks per year)

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Daily Fees

Standard Long Day Session: 0-3 years $155 per child per day
3-6 years $140 per child per day

10 Hour Session: 0-3 years $150 per child per day
3-6 years $135 per child per day
This is only applicable to families with 100 CCS hours and child enrolled 5 days per week. Attendance is strictly between 7:30am – 5:30pm.

Enrolment Fees are detailed in the Enrolment section

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Early Learning Centre in Carlingford

Our very first early learning centre, Shine Carlingford, is where it all began. Opening its doors to the local community in October 2007, it is a well-established and much-loved centre catering to children aged six weeks to school age and beyond, with before and after school care on offer.

Recently renovated, the purpose-built centre hosts 5 age-based indoor spaces focussing on natural elements. There is a large, dedicated outdoor play area including beautiful trees, sandpit and delicate motor areas where children have plenty of natural space to explore. Two large undercover play spaces allow the children to engage in physical activity all year round. Ample onsite parking with easy access leads to a large, welcoming entry.

This centre truly encompasses the Shine spirit. To help your child thrive, everything they need is included in the daily fee:

  • Welcome pack including a SunSmart wide-brim hat, gym bag and Shine tee
  • All essentials, including nappies, bed linen, water stations to, sunscreen
  • Nutritional seasonal menu providing meals, snacks and beverages that also cater for special dietary requirements
  • Stimulating outdoor spaces with a focus on nature & sustainability
  • Community engagement activities and excursions

Choose Shine Carlingford for more than just childcare.

Join our supportive community where your child will build lifelong friendships, resilience, and confidence.

Our Childcare Carlingford Centre Location

Shine Carlingford is situated in a quiet residential area, only a short walk to the local Carmen Drive community precinct. We have bus stops nearby that connect to the broader area, including citybound, making this a convenient location for families travelling into the city for work.

We are adjacent to Murray Farm Primary School, a short walk to other local primary and high schools on North Rocks Road. With ample parking spaces onsite, drop-off and pick-up are easy for families every visit.

At our Carlingford childcare, our mission is to provide child care that meets the needs of each child and their family in an educational and safe environment. We aim to foster each child’s growth and development to enable them to have the best start in life through their engagement in quality education and care.

We are committed to establishing strong community partnerships as we know that a community plays a crucial role in early childhood education. Our community provides an inclusive and supportive environment that nurtures a child’s social and emotional growth by ensuring they feel connected.

To experience what Shine has to offer,
get in touch here to arrange a tour.
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Why Choose Our Childcare Carlingford Centre?

Shine Carlingford is well known in the community, with over a decade of experience in providing high-quality early learning to children. We offer a holistic approach to childcare encompassing each child’s development, health and general wellbeing.

Our spacious open-plan rooms are warm, homely, and designed to encourage children to learn and grow in a secure ‘home away from home’ environment.

Our Childcare centre offers:

  • A well-maintained environment and safe physical setting.
  • Broad learning and development goals are developed for each child, extending beyond early literacy and numeracy skills to include cultural, social, artistic, physical and social goals.
  • Established connections within our community that include extended family members and local organisations and getting out into our local community through planned excursions and community activities that build on the children’s interests and educational outcomes.

Our Philosophy and Approach

We aim to provide an all-inclusive and warm service where our qualified educators and families are inspired to work collaboratively to provide a dynamic learning environment that ensures each child can reach their full potential.

Adopting a holistic and inclusive approach prepares a child for life-long learning. We achieve this by providing them with a learning journey that enriches their understanding of the world they live in, where they can explore their curiosity and creativity, connect to their environment, develop their self-reliance, and establish skills for life and learning.

Children learn best when the program reflects their interests and is meaningful and age-appropriate. Our educators provide a program that collaborates enquiry and project-based learning initiated by the children, the educators, families and our community.

At Shine Carlingford, children enjoy specialised programs provided by FunFit Kidz and Happy Feet Fitness; both programs are delivered by qualified specialists. The FunFit Kidz program develops fundamental motor skills that set the foundations for healthy movements in a child’s life. Happy Feet Fitness draws on movement and dance, the creativity of music, and the joy of active play.

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Visiting our childcare centre is an excellent opportunity to meet the team & experience what Shine Carlingford offers.

Programs and Services

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Carlingford Nursery

Our Carlingford nursery caters to the development and care needs of infants aged six weeks to 2 years old. We focus on laying foundations that explore confidence, curiosity and a love of learning. Our nursery is a stimulating yet safe space that enhances a child’s opportunities to play, grow and explore in structured and unstructured environments.

We provide:

  • Appropriate indoor and outdoor environments that are age-appropriate
  • Separate sleeping room that focuses on safe sleeping practices
  • Baby essentials, including nappies, cots, bed linen and sleeping sacks
  • Well-balanced nutritious meals, snacks and beverages
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Carlingford Toddlers

Our toddler’s room focuses on exploration and discovery through the power of play. Children are stimulated through age-based experiences and encouraged to engage in construction, problem-solving, interacting with their peers, discovering their inner creativity, and investigating their world. Our toddler’s room caters for children aged 2 to 3 years old.

We provide:

  • An age-based learning environment appropriate for playing and learning
  • A nutritious and seasonal menu plan
  • Small group learning activities
  • Opportunities for rest and sleep, including bed linen
  • Essentials for nappy changing and toilet training
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Carlingford Preschoolers

Our passionate and highly qualified preschool teachers provide a holistic program that enriches a child’s opportunities to maximise their growth and learning. Our educators work collaboratively with families and our community to provide a balanced program that builds their resilience and independence, supports their academic growth, and provides small group school readiness activities in preparation for a seamless transition to school. Our 3 to 5-year-old preschoolers occupy two large purpose-built learning rooms filled with natural elements.

We provide:

  • Small focus groups for learning activities and experiences
  • Focus on School Readiness and Transition to School programs
  • A collaboration of structured and unstructured play-based learning programs and environment
  • Nutritionally balanced meals, snacks and beverages
  • Opportunities for rest and sleep, including bed linen

Parent Testimonials

Shine Pre-school is one of the best childcare service provider, the staff’s and management team is very friendly and Co-operative. My son currently is attending two days Tuesday and Thursday and I can see his social skills have developed. Thanks again for all your hard work and providing best care for my baby.

Bikg Gurung

We are new to the area and saw lots of centres but chose Shine because of the space of the babies room. All the staff are kind, approachable and friendly.

Diana Kochovski

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Safety and Security Measures

All Shine Early Learning centres are set up to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all Shine patrons.

We are committed to ensuring that the well-being and safety of all children are embedded in our organisational structure and practised at all levels within our service. We pride ourselves on our high safety standards that underpin our policies and procedures guided by relevant state governing regulatory bodies and the National Quality Standards.

We strive to excel beyond compliance with all relevant legislation and work towards best practices to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

It’s never too early to enrol or add your child to our waitlist; contact us now to make a general enquiry or to book a tour.


What is the ratio of staff to children?
  • Birth to 36 months – 1: 4
  • Over 24 months and less than 36 months – 1: 5
  • 36 months up to and including preschool age – 1: 10
Do you provide nappies and meals, or do I need to bring them from home?

We provide morning tea, a nutritious lunch, afternoon tea and late snack. Milk and Water are also provided at each meal.

Nappies, wipes and nappy cream are provided.

Do you provide a School Readiness Program?

Yes, we provide a comprehensive daily school readiness program. We adapt our curriculum to accommodate each child’s learning and development, contributing to their unique capabilities and learning abilities. We are committed to supporting your child in gaining the necessary skills and dispositions needed for a successful transition into school.

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