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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 Centre.

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

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

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

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; Playgroup one weekday morning; Kids club Years 5 & 6, Fridays 4:00 - 5:30pm; Youth group Years 7-12, Fridays 6:30pm -9:30pm. Pins and Needles craft group Fridays 10:30am. Monthly senior fellowship (over 55s) monthly activities, lunches & outings. Membership numbers: 320 adults.

Contact: Reverend Paul Sampson

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: 10Jan18

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

Mandarin Stars

Phone: 02 8437 2498

Location: Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Rm 2, 799 Pacific Hwy, Gordon NSW 2072



Description: Fun and captivating way to encourage children to learn Mandarin. Innovative, immersion-based Mandarin Chinese program has been created to capture the attention, interest and enthusiasm of children. Several classes offered - 45 minute Bubs and Tots Groups, 60 and 90 minute Toddler groups, 60 and 90 minute Preschooler groups. Mandarin Superstars classes for childre 5-12 years. Mandarin classes for native learners. Private tuition for all age groups. School Holiday Workshops. Private and Group immersion Mandarin Excursions. Free trial class. Visit the website to learn more about Mandarin Stars.

Hours: 9.30am - 5pm Mon to Sat

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Sydney Metro

Keywords: Mandarin; Children and Families; Language Classes; Playgroups; Broad Community; Youth

© Ku-ring-gai Council [63788] Last Full Review: 2Sep16

Meeting House Inc.

Phone: 02 9427 1841; 02 9008 5549

Fax: 02 9418 8321

Location: 23A Stokes St, Lane Cove North NSW 2066



Description: Provides activities for senior citizens (community bus service, social bus outings, shopping service, morning teas and special interest groups), Preschool for 3 - 5 year olds (at 47 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove opp. Coles); Children's playgroups (all children's services run by qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators), inclusive playgroups including support and information for families with additional needs (supported by Early Ed North Sydney –early intervention service and run by qualified and experienced staff), school holiday programs, community activities (Cove Club, Toastmasters), special interest groups (crochet, yoga, meditation), community café, community garden and counselling.

Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am - 3:30pm Preschool 8:30am - 3:30pm

Transport: Seniors Community Bus

Area Served: Lane Cove; North Sydney; Willoughby

Volunteering Note: Availability for volunteers for children's services, home visiting, special interest groups.

Keywords: Broad Community; Children and Families; Vacation Care; Social Clubs and Groups; Playgroups; Community Transport; Preschools; Older People

© Lane Cove Council [13659] Last Full Review: 7Sep17

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

St Anne's Playtime

Phone: 02 9809 1322

Fax: 02 9807 3313

Location: Held at St Anne's Ryde Hall, Cnr Gowrie & Church Sts, Ryde NSW 2112

Mail: PO Box 97, Ryde NSW 1680



Description: 0 - 5 year old and carers, Play, sharing, morning tea. Waiting list

Hours: Fri 10-11.30am

Eligibility: Up to 5 years.

Fees: Yes

Transport: Bus

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Ryde

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: St Anne's Ryde Anglican Church

© Ryde Council [34425] Last Full Review: 2May17

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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