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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 East Ryde.

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

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: 5Aug19

These services are between about 2 to 5km from East Ryde.

LCM Churches Junior Jivers

Phone: 02 9427 1163

Location: 19 Rosenthal Ave, Lane Cove NSW 2066

Mail: PO Box 998, Lane Cove NSW 1595



Description: We start the morning with a half hour program that includes singing well known songs, nursery rhymes and Christian songs, playing instruments, movement, dancing and stories, including simple bible stories. This is followed by morning tea, simple craft and free play. Each term has a different theme – for example colours, animals or transport.

Hours: Wed 9:45am-12:00pm

Fees: $30 per term.

Disability Access: Yes (Disabled toilet)

Area Served: Lane Cove; North Sydney; Willoughby; Hunters Hill

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: Lane Cove and Mowbray Anglican Churches, Lane Cove

© Lane Cove Council [12552] Last Full Review: 31Jul19

Giant Steps Sydney Ltd- school

Phone: 02 9879 4971

Fax: 02 9879 4974

Location: Step House, 23 Punt Rd, Gladesville NSW 2111

Mail: PO Box 209, Gladesville NSW 1675



Description: Provides comprehensive school which services to children aged 5 to 18, with primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Provides trans-disciplinary education with therapy remediation (speech, music, occupational) in a single program, and a gradual systematic approach to integrating children into local schools. Addresses underlying neurological impairments so child can benefit from an academic program. Giant Steps Early Learning - early intervention for children with autism ages 3 to 6.

Hours: Office Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm

Eligibility: From 2 to 18 years. Children with primary diagnosis of autism

Contact: Director/Principal, Administrator Melbourne Campus- 11 Malmsbury St Kew Vic 3101 Po Box 586 Kew 3101

Transport: Near public bus on Victoria Rd

Area Served: Sydney Metro

Keywords: Children and Families; Youth; Autism; Speech Pathology; Occupational Therapy; Music Therapy; Primary Schools; Secondary Schools; Special Education; Gardening Volunteers; Playgroups; Preschools; People with a Disability; NDIS Innovative Community Participation; NDIS Plan Management; NDIS Therapeutic Supports

Alternative Names: Giant Steps Sydney Limited


© IDEAS [23037] Last Full Review: 26Jul19

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.

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: 24Oct18

Mainly Music

Phone: 02 9809 4977

Fax: 02 9809 1896

Location: Cnr Lane Cove Rd & Dobson Cres, Ryde NSW 2112

Mail: PO Box 80, Ryde NSW 1680



Description: Playtime for children 0-5, cafe for parents/carers to enjoy coffee and a chat. Waiting lists.

Hours: Wed & Thurs 10.00-11.30am,school term only.

Eligibility: Up to 5 years.

Fees: Yes

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Ryde

Keywords: Playgroups; Baptist; Children and Families

Parent Organisation: Ryde Baptist Church

© Ryde Council [58228] Last Full Review: 24May19

St Charles Borromeo and Our Lady Queen of Peace

Phone: 0401 193 949

Location: St Charles Parish Centre, 582 Victoria Rd, Ryde NSW 2112

Mail: 2A Charles St, Ryde NSW 2112


Description: St Charles Playgroup is a Montessori playgroup that uses Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as its program. A quiet environment where children 0-3 play with Monteressi activities designed for their age and development; the 3-6 year olds work with sensorially rich materials that help them to enter more fully into a relationship with God. Catechists work with the older children while carers enjoy a moment to chat while being with their younger children. Children are asked to bring their own morning tea. "Real Coffee" and cake is provided for mums and carers.

Hours: 9-11am Thursday mornings during school terms

Fees: Donation for tea and coffee only

Disability Access: Yes (Enter through Potts Street carpark and turn left after the cubby house and enter the side gate)

Area Served: Ryde

Keywords: Playgroups; Children and Families; Catholic

Alternative Names: "Kids Play, Mums Pray"

© Ryde Council [71481] Last Full Review: 10Oct18

Gladesville Supported Playgroup

Phone: 02 9410 0174

Location: St Andrews Church, Cnr Pittwater & Victoria Rds, Gladesville NSW 2111


Description: Playgroup.

Hours: Wednesdays 9.30am - 11am (school terms only)

Area Served: Ryde; Hunters Hill

Keywords: Children and Families; Women; Playgroups

© Ryde Council [74481] Last Full Review: 22Aug19

St Aidan's Play & Learn

Phone: 02 9427 2666

Location: St Aidan's Anglican Church, cnr Christina St and Arabella St, Longueville NSW 2066



Description: Provides independent play sessions for young children: singing, craft, games, stories, toys and fun. Not affiliated with the Playgroup Association of NSW.

Hours: Mon 10am-12pm (During school term)

Fees: $5 per visit, and one piece of fruit per family.

Transport: 261 Bus

Area Served: Lane Cove; North Sydney; Willoughby

Keywords: Children and Families; Carers; Playgroups

© Lane Cove Council [32874] Last Full Review: 1Aug19

Figtree Playgroup

Location: Fairland Hall, 14 Church St, Hunters Hill NSW 2110



Description: Playgroup run by volunteers for 0-5 year old. Includes playtime, craft activities, morning tea and story/music time. Parents and carers are welcome to come.

Hours: Wednesdays from 10am (excluding school holidays)

Eligibility: Up to 6 years.

Fees: Yes ($30 per family for each 10 week term)

Transport: Bus, Ferry

Disability Access: Yes

Area Served: Sydney Metro

Facilities Note: Parking available

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: Playgroup NSW

© Ryde Council [58044] Last Full Review: 18Jun19

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