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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 North 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

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

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

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: 3May17

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

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: 21Nov18

Giant Steps Sydney Ltd

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 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. Weekly playgroup "Playsteps" for ages 18 months to 5 years at Gladesville.

Hours: Office Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm

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

Contact: Director/Principal, Administrator

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

© IDEAS [23037] Last Full Review: 20Dec17

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: 15Jun18

Chinese & Australian Baptist Church - West Ryde

Phone: 02 9804 0052

Location: Marsden High School/ West Ryde Hall, Winbourne St / 1 Reserve St, West Ryde NSW 2114

Mail: 1 Reserve St, West Ryde NSW 2114



Description: Services in English, Mandarin & Cantonese. Social activities for Chinese elderly. Playgroup. Sun Services at 1 Reserve St West Ryde: Cantonese 9:15am, Mandarin 11am, Sun School 11am. Services also at Marsden High School : 9:15am English; 11am. Cantonese.

Hours: Tue-Fri 9:30am-4pm (Office hours)

Contact: 02 9804 0005

Disability Access: No

Area Served: Ryde

Languages (other than English): English, Cantonese; Mandarin

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

Parent Organisation: Baptist Union of NSW

© Ryde Council [25615] Last Full Review: 19Apr18

West Ryde Wombats

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

Phone: 1800 171 882 (in NSW), 02 9684 9500

Fax: 02 9684 5613

Location: 3-5 Anthony Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114



Description: Playgroup.

Hours: Mon 9:30am (General), Fri 9:30am (General)

Eligibility: Up to 5 years.

Transport: Bus

Area Served: Ryde

Keywords: Children and Families; Playgroups

Parent Organisation: Playgroup NSW Inc

© Ryde Council [62178] Last Full Review: 14Oct16

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