Families and Children

We recognise the importance of supporting families and children by offering a range of events, activities, information and support throughout the year.

Garrigarrang Early Education and Care Centre - Join the Waiting List!

Council has opened the wait list for a beautiful new child care centre at 2 Garrigarrang Avenue, Kogarah.

This state of the art centre overlooks Scarborough Park, on the edge of the development known as Ramsgate Park. It has been constructed across 2 levels and includes a large balcony area, exciting outdoor play environment and generous internal facilities.

The centre has 66 places for children aged 0-5 years.

Our expected opening date is 11 January 2021, subject to approval from the State Government.

To learn more or to add your child’s name to the waiting list, visit our Have Your Say page or contact Laura Browning, Coordinator Children and Young People on 9366 3876.

Children's Services

Choosing the right child care is one of the most important decisions a family will make. Please consider the options early and consider the type of child care to best suit your family’s needs.

You will find more information on our Children’s Services pages.

The Australian Children's Education and Care Authority’s website Starting Blocks assists families to locate a suitable child care service by providing information about services.


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


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. In NSW, all children must be enrolled in school by their 6th birthday.

There are a number of public, private and independent schools across Bayside. To find a school near you, visit the Australian Schools Directory


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.

Child and family health services

The Child and Family Health Nursing Service provides support for all families caring for children 0-5 years of age. All centres are staffed by Registered Nurses with additional qualifications in Child and Family Health Nursing.

The Child and Family Health Service is a free service available to all families providing support, information and health advice, including (but not limited to) Feeding Support, Parent Groups, Blue Book checks, Developmental Screening, Sleep & Settling advice and adjustment to parenting support.

For further information please contact:

  • (02) 9548 4300 or fax (02) 9520 8772 for Bayside (Rockdale area or south of the airport), Georges River and Sutherland Shire LGA
  • (02) 9382 0933 or fax (02) 9382 0920 for Bayside (Botany area or north of the airport), Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick and part of City of Sydney LGA (east of Darling Harbour)


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 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 car seats

By law all children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. More information on child restraints, safe installation and current laws can be found online.

Council is currently investigating new child restraint check/fitting procedures.

Round 1 closed

Round 2 will open in late November 2020 - strictly no waiting lists.

Council will have available limited vouchers for one (1) free child car restraint check/fitting for Bayside residents only. Conditions will apply.

More information is available online on authorised fitting services in your area.

For more information please email Council's Road Safety Officer.

KidSafe NSW

Kidsafe NSW provides parenting resources promoting child injury prevention and education. KidSafe NSW  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

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers Workshop

Council provides residents of the Bayside Council Local Government Area, two free Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) workshops for supervisors of learner drivers. These two hour workshops give tips on how to guide learner drivers to be safer drivers.

Bookings are essential by calling Council's Road Safety Officer on 0412 812 491 or email sue.watson@bayside.nsw.gov.au


Families and Children
Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au