Families & Children

Bayside Council recognises the importance of supporting families and children in the local by offering a range of events, activities, information and support throughout the year.

Children's Services

Choosing the right child care is an important process for you and your child. Please consider your options early and think about the type of child care that suits your family’s needs.

We have more information on our Children’s Services.

The Australian Children's Education and Care Authority’s website Starting Blocks will assist to locate a suitable child care service and has information about each service that can help you make the best choice for your child and your family.

Playgroups

Joining a playgroup can benefit parents, grandparents, carers and children from 0 to 5 years of age. There are several playgroups available in the local area that are either community-run or private based services. Most playgroups are held on the same day, once a week. To find a local playgroup please contact Playgroup NSW.

Schools

In NSW children can start kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July in that year. All children must be enrolled in school by their 6th birthday in NSW.

Our community has a number of Public, Private and Independent schools. To a find a school near you and learn about individual enrolment requirements please visit the Australian Schools Directory

Libraries

Our Libraries offer a variety of services and programs for children. These programs cater for babies to school aged children.

Early Intervention Services

Early Childhood Intervention Services are designed to assist families with young children from birth until they enter the school system. Early Childhood Intervention is a term used to describe a range of services designed to assist with developmental concerns or delays, or diagnosed disabilities.

Early Childhood Intervention in Australia is a National organisation providing advocacy and information on early childhood intervention. Parentline NSW supports The Early Childhood Intervention Infoline, a telephone service for families who have questions about their child’s development or who have a child who has been diagnosed with a disability.

Children’s Health Centre and Hospitals

Early Childhood Health Centres operated by NSW Health provide a free service for all new parents in NSW. They are staffed by Registered Nurses and trained health professionals who specialise in child and family health.

Early Childhood Health Centres provide information and assistance with:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Coping with sleeping and crying problems
  • Immunisations
  • Safety
  • Baby’s growth and development

For more information contact an Early Childhood Health Centre closest to you.

Immunisation

Immunisation protects the community against vaccine-preventable diseases. Each vaccine plays an important role, so timely vaccination is the best way to protect your child and family.

The immunisation schedule provides a summary of the vaccines that your child needs and the ages at which they should be given. Timely vaccination is the best way to keep your child protected from serious vaccine-preventable diseases. It is important to book ahead and make an appointment with your doctor or visit your local immunisation clinic.

Child Safety Restraints

By law all children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.

Did you know that two out of three child seats are not fitted or secured properly? That can be a fatal mistake.

We regularly offer free, NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) authorised, child restraint inspections as part of our Road Safety Program.

Child Safety Restraint Check Days

The schedule for Child Restraint Check Days for 2018 are currently as follows;

  • 10am-3pm on Tuesday 22 May at the Council Car Park (above Paul's Warehouse - entrance off King Lane), Market Street, Rockdale

It is absolutely essential you reserve your place through Council's Road Safety Officer, either by calling on 0412 812 491 or emailing sue.watson@bayside.nsw.gov.au. These free inspections are only for residents of the Bayside Council LGA and you will be required to bring proof of residence (rates notice, driver's licence etc).

Find more information on child restraints, safe installation and current laws can be found here.

KidSafe NSW

Kidsafe NSW is a useful parenting resource promoting child injury prevention and education, in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children and has a wealth of information about current news and events as well as resources, information sheets and fun educational video clips.

Useful Links for Families