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Community Directory

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: 11Sep19

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; "Cornerstone" children's program on Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am; Bible study groups; "Mini Movers" playgroup Wednesday morning; "The Zone" kids club years 5 & 6, Fridays 4:00 - 5:30pm; "Fresh" youth group years 7-12, Fridays 6:30pm -9:30pm. "Pins & Needles" craft group Fridays 10:30am. "All Saints Senior Fellowship" (over 55s) monthly activities, lunches & outings. Membership numbers: 320 adults.

Contact: Reverend Greg Olliffe

Disability Access: Yes (Good disability access. Hearing loop.)

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: 21Jan20

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

S'ANDY'S Corner Parent Support group & Playgroup

Phone: 02 9449 2129

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

Description: S’ANDY'S Playgroup is for children with special needs and their families. It doubles as a parent support group, providing parents with an opportunity to connect with other parents facing similar issues. Volunteers on hand to help children engage in activities so that their parents can have a break. The group 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. See website for Contact form.

Hours: Thu 10am-12pm (during school term)

Disability Access: Yes (Audio Loop)

Area Served: Northern Sydney

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

© Ku-ring-gai Council [71787] Last Full Review: 27Nov18

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: 22Oct18

Epping Church of Christ

Phone: 02 9876 3370

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: mainly music, Sunday School, youth groups, young adult groups, life groups, coffee and friendship group, women's and men's groups.

Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-3pm (Church office)

Transport: Close to Epping train station.

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

Area Served: Parramatta; Ryde; Hornsby

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

© Parramatta City Library [35621] Last Full Review: 22Sep19

Epping Baptist Church

Phone: 02 9869 1000 (Office)

Fax: 02 9869 1587

Location: 1-5 Ray Rd, Epping NSW 2121



Description: Worship services and activities for all ages, including Playtime Groups, English Conversation, Exercise Groups, Craft Group, Bible Studies, Seniors Group. Activities most evenings and weekends. Membership Numbers: 360.

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (Office)

Contact: Senior Pastor

Disability Access: Yes (Hearing loop, disabled toilets, stair free access)

Area Served: Parramatta; Hornsby; Ryde

Keywords: Baptist; Children and Families; Churches and Temples; Playgroups; CALD; Older People

Parent Organisation: Baptist Association of NSW/ACT

© Parramatta City Library [47750] Last Full Review: 22Sep19

Epping West Playgroup

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

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

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: 12Aug19

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

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: 17Oct19

West Ryde Community Church Playtime

Phone: 02 9858 3929

Location: Meets at West Ryde Community Church Hall, Cnr of Victoria Ave & Endeavour St, West Ryde NSW 2114

Mail: PO Box 149, West Ryde NSW 1685



Description: Structured childrens activities for preschoolers such as crafts, games, stories etc. Parent/carer attends and supervises their children.

Hours: Tuesdays during school term 10am-12pm

Eligibility: Up to 5 years. Prefernce given to local families and not in another playgroup

Fees: Yes

Contact: Contact: Cindy Phipps 0411 322 779

Disability Access: Yes (Ramp)

Area Served: Ryde (West Ryde) (Eastwood) (Meadowbank), Parramatta (Ermington)

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: West Ryde Community Church

© Ryde Council [25505] Last Full Review: 23Dec19

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