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Services and information for people in the Ryde and Hunters Hill regions

These services are within a few kilometers of Macquarie University.

MacChap PlayTime

Phone: 02 9878 8048

Location: Cnr Abuklea and Herring Roads, Marsfield NSW 2122



Description: Playgroup for 0 - 5 year olds. The PlayTime program includes craft, free play, group time and morning tea. All parents, carers and their children welcome.

Hours: Tues 9:30am to 11:30am, (during term time)

Fees: $20 per term for 1st child, + $10 for any subsequent children. Children under 12 months - free.

Area Served: Ryde

Keywords: Playgroups; Children and Families

© Ryde Council [73547] Last Full Review: 5Sep17

All Saints Anglican Church

Phone: 02 9876 3733 (Office)

Location: 295 Malton Rd, North Epping NSW 2121



Description: Telling people about Jesus Christ by teaching the Bible. Sunday services: 9:00am, 10:30am & 6:30pm; Children's program on Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am; Bible study groups; Playgroups Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 10am; Kids club Friday Years 5 & 6 4:00 - 5.30pm; Youth group Years 7-12 Friday nights 6:30pm -9:30pm. Pins and Needles craft group Friday 10:30am. Monthly senior fellowship (over 55s) outing/activity. Membership numbers: 320 adults.

Contact: Reverend Roger Green

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Hornsby; Ryde; Parramatta

Facilities Note: Hall for hire

Keywords: Anglican; Youth; Children and Families; Churches and Temples; Social Clubs and Groups; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney

© Hornsby Council [47640] Last Full Review: 4Jan17

These services are between about 2 to 5km from Macquarie University.

Sandy's Corner Play Group for Children with Special Needs

Phone: 02 9144 7324

Location: St Andrew's Uniting Church, cnr Chisholm & Vernon Sts, South Turramurra NSW 2074


Description: Sandy's Corner Play Group is for children with special needs aged 0-5 years and their parents. It meets every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon at St Andrew's Uniting Church. There is ample on-site parking and Bus 572 (Turramurra to Macquarie) stops at the door. Enquiries Mrs Val Weakley 9144 7324

Contact: Co-ordinator: Mrs Val Weakley

Disability Access: Yes (Audio Loop)

Area Served: Northern Sydney

Keywords: Playgroups; People with a Disability; Children and Families

© Ku-ring-gai Council [71787] Last Full Review: 30Aug16

North Ryde Kiddies Playgroup

Phone: 0430 493 152

Location: North Ryde Arts and Community Centre, 201 Coxs Rd, North Ryde NSW 2113


Description: Welcome! North Ryde Coxs Road Playgroup meets at 9.30-11.30am on Mondays during school term. A typical morning will include lots of free play for the kids (and adult conversation for the mums and dads!), morning tea and a story and song time. All ages are welcome! The first two trial weeks are free. After that we ask that you become a member of Playgroup NSW ( and contribute $3 a week to cover costs. Hope to see you soon!

Hours: Mondays 9.30-11.30am (during school terms)

Fees: Yes

Contact: 1800 171 882 (in NSW)

Transport: Public Transport

Area Served: Ryde

Facilities Note: Above North Ryde Library

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups

© Ryde Council [76178] Last Full Review: 14Jul17

Epping Church of Christ

Caution. We have been unable to verify this information for over two years.

Phone: 02 9876 3370

Fax: 02 9876 4053

Location: Epping Church of Christ, 31 Bridge St, Epping NSW 2121



Description: English language church services for all ages 9:30am and 5pm on Sundays. Other activities: Playgroup, Sunday School, youth groups, young adult groups, lifegroups, coffee and friendship group, women's and men's groups, Friday after-school kids' program (years K-6), kids' holiday programs, etc.

Hours: The church office is open Tuesday to Friday from 9am-4pm

Transport: Close to Epping traing station

Disability Access: Yes (access, toilets and hearing loop)

Area Served: Parramatta; Ryde; Hornsby

Keywords: Churches of Christ; Korean; Youth; Children and Families; Playgroups; Men; Women

© Parramatta City Library [35621] Last Full Review: 11Sep15

Epping Baptist Church

Phone: 02 9869 1000 (Office)

Fax: 02 9869 1587

Location: 1-5 Ray Rd, Epping NSW 2121



Description: Activities for all ages including worship services. Membership Numbers: 360

Hours: Office: 8.30am to 4.30pm; Activities most evenings and weekends.

Contact: Rev Andrew Hall - Senior Pastor

Disability Access: Yes (Hearing Loop, Disabled Toilets, stair free access)

Area Served: Hornsby; Ryde; Parramatta

Facilities Note: Playtime Groups, English Conversation, Exercise Groups, Craft Group, Bible Studies, Seniors Group

Keywords: Baptist; Children and Families; Churches and Temples; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: Baptist Association of NSW/ACT

© Parramatta City Library [47750] Last Full Review: 24Aug16

Epping West Playgroup

Phone: 1800 171 882

Location: Uniting Church - West Epping, 161 Carlingford Rd, Epping NSW 2121

Mail: PO Box 181, Granville NSW 2142



Description: Providing a platform for mums, dads, grandparents, caregivers, children, and babies to meet in a relaxed and friendly environment, for children to develop and learn through play and for adults and caregivers to form connections. Adults and caregivers stay to interact with other adults and to play with their children. For families with children of 0-6 to socialize and interact with parents and children. Diverse groups including community, ethnic, autism and chronic illness groups.

Hours: Mon- Fri 10am - 12pm

Eligibility: Vacancy (not all days are available), taking names on waiting list. Have a complete session available on Friday, suitable for a Mothers Group. As of Jan 2011.

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Hornsby LGA ; Parramatta LGA

Facilities Note: Male and female toilets. Kitchen with fridge and microwave. Toy and play equipment available for parents/carers and their children.

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups; CALD; People with a Disability; Autism

Parent Organisation: Playgroup NSW


© Parramatta City Library [50406] Last Full Review: 28Jun16

Lifestart Cooperative Ltd Early Childhood Intervention Program Ryde/Eastwood

Phone: 02 9868 5066

Fax: 02 9868 5088

Location: 679 Blaxland Rd, Eastwood NSW 2122

Mail: PO Box 3782, Marsfield NSW 2122



Description: Parent driven service for children with additional needs. The focus is on educational and therapeutic opportunities for children and their families. Staffing includes special educators, physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy and social work. Open Play is a group for any families who have concerns about their child's development and would like to attend. Conduct parent training programs (e.g. toilet training, sleep programs) and programs for families of children with autism with behavioural difficulties.

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (some evening & weekend sessions) during school term

Eligibility: Up to 6 years. Preschool children with a diagnosed disability / delay in 2 or more areas of development aged 0-6 years

Fees: No

Contact: Regional Manager

Referral: Self, paediatrician or other health, educational or related services

Transport: Bus, train to Epping or Eastwood

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Ryde LGA, Hunters Hill LGA, Hornsby LGA, Lane Cove LGA, Ku-ring-gai LGA; Parramatta LGA

Languages (other than English): Interpreters are available on request.

Facilities Note: Cafe, parking and playground on premises.

Volunteering Note: Volunteer opportunities for group and individual sessions, home and preschool assistance. Volunteer training offered.

Keywords: People with a Disability; Children and Families; Playgroups; Intellectual Disability; Preschool Volunteers; Early Intervention; Autism

Alternative Names: Open Playgroup, Previously: Lifestart Eastwood Early Intervention Cooperative

Parent Organisation: Lifestart Cooperative Ltd

© Ryde Council [25273] Last Full Review: 19Jun17

Eastwood Baptist Church Playtime

Phone: 02 9874 1514

Location: Eastwood Baptist Church, 3 First Ave, Eastwood NSW 2122

Mail: 59 Shepherd St, Ryde NSW 2112



Description: Playgroup for pre-school children.

Hours: Tue Fri 10am-12pm

Transport: Train, bus

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Ryde LGA

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: Eastwood Baptist Church

© Ryde Council [32919] Last Full Review: 10May17

Macquarie Anglican Playcentre

Phone: 02 9807 4916

Location: 100 Balaclava Rd, Eastwood NSW 2122

Mail: c/- 114 Lovell Rd, Eastwood NSW 2122



Description: Playgroup for babies, toddlers and preschool children and their carers.

Hours: Tue 10am-12pm, Fri 10am-12pm

Eligibility: Up to 5 years. Limited places - waiting list may apply

Fees: Yes

Contact: Playcentre Coordinator

Transport: Bus

Disability Access: No

Area Served: Ryde

Keywords: Playgroups; Children and Families

Alternative Names: St George's Playcentre

Parent Organisation: Macquarie Anglican Churches

© Ryde Council [35282] Last Full Review: 17Aug17

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