Child Care | Lilypad ELC

Long Day Care in Ryde

Early Learning & Child Care

Quality care and education for Australia’s future.

  • Opening Hours

We’re open 7am to 6pm (Monday to Friday). For more information, please get in touch.

  • Contact Us

Have a question? You can contact us by phone or email, whichever you prefer.

  • Located in Ryde

We’re on the 2nd floor of Top Ryde City Shopping Centre. Find out how to get here!

One Big Family

Welcome to our extended Lilypad family! Our aim is to create a play-based environment where your child can explore their interests, make new friends and develop into a proactive, independent learner.

For more details about the different age groups:

We accept enrolments for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age, however these age groups can be flexible by up to 6 months younger or older, depending on what’s best for your child. Each age group has their own space and a Room Leader, who will become your dedicated point of contact.

Our Difference

Lilypad was founded, built and licensed by a parent who has personally been through the child care system. Our child care centre is purpose-built with the aim of directly addressing key shortcomings of typical child care centres in Australia. 

Qualified, Experienced Educators

Lilypad’s educators are experienced and highly qualified, all of whom are continuing their professional development through workshops, training events and seminars to stay on the forefront of early education.

Our educators are Diploma, Bachelor and Master’s degree-qualified, and we have over 30 years’ combined experience in early education. All of our permanent educators also hold First Aid and CPR certificates.

Dedicated Points of Contact

Lilypad has six main rooms to accommodate three age groups. All of these rooms have a dedicated Room Leader, who will be responsible for keeping you updated on the progress of your child. Our educators typically specialise in specific age groups, so you can be assured that your main points of contact will be consistent to provide the support, care and education that your child needs.

When possible, our rooms also operate at smaller child to carer ratios that what is required by government requirements. This allows your child to have a more personal connection to the educators, and allows us to provide more specialised attention to each child.

Play-Based Learning

At Lilypad, we use modern educational strategies such as play-based learning to help children develop strong foundations in areas such as literacy, numeracy and social skills.

Children are curious by nature, so it is the educator’s role to create learning experiences that can take advantage of this curiosity and help our children develop important skills. This is why we think it’s so important to take the time to sit down and have a one-to-one conversation with our families as part of the orientation process.

Areas covered will be specific to your child, which may include cultural identity, nationality, religious beliefs, and routines or practices followed at home. We will also be sure to understand the goals and objectives you have for your child’s education and development while under our care.

School Readiness and PreLit Programs

To ensure that your child is ready to transition into primary school, our older age groups have School Readiness and PreLit programs integrated into our daily routines and schedules.

The aim of these two programs is to ensure every facet of our children’s development, such as emotional, social and physical, as well as establishing clear objectives around literacy and numeracy. Both of these programs are part of the play-based learning approach, and are important components of the preschool age groups.

It’s All About Community

We work closely with our families and the local community organisations to teach our children important life skills, introduce them to community resources, and prepare them for primary school.

We organise regular excursions to the local library and shops within Top Ryde City, as well as organising meet and greets with fire fighters, police and Ryde Public School. We also work with occupational therapists and private/government services such as Lifestart, Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) and KU to support children with additional needs.

We also arrange for school teachers to come by and talk to the children about school, organise workshops for parents about parenting and early childhood development, and host Parent and Teacher nights to share short and long term goals for their child’s development.

Fresh Meals By Our In-House Chef

Every day, our chef cooks up delicious and nutritious meals for all of our rooms, based on our rotating menus. We have an industrial-grade kitchen and stringent processes to ensure the health and safety of our children, especially those with allergies or special dietary or cultural requirements.

To ensure the quality of our children’s daily meals, we go shopping every day to buy all of our ingredients for the day’s meals. We also provide fresh milk that we buy daily – we never use the powdered kind.

Bright, Indoor Play Spaces

We are the first centre in Australia to offer large indoor play spaces, allowing children to take part in “outdoor” activities and free play without the risk of bad weather. To allow this to be possible, we have worked closely with regulators to create a set of special set of policies and requirements.

The play spaces are filled with greenery and nature, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that are specially designed to let in natural light. We have also installed industrial-grade air purifiers ensure a constant circulation of clean, fresh air while eliminating allergens.

Additional Activities and Programs

We offer a variety of additional activities such as coding and language classes, Little Travel Adventures, A Swag Full of Instruments, Kym the Reptile Man. We also have activities such as an introduction to STEM, the creative arts, Munch & Move and diverse cultural activities. The aim of these activities is to offer developmental programs beyond what is typically offered at a child care centre. We are always open to new suggestions!

While many of our additional activities are included as regular inclusions to our daily programs, some are optional and/or operated by a third-parties. For more information, please get in touch with our Centre Director or your Room Leader.

How Do We Get Started?

The best way to see if Lilypad is the right child care centre for you is to come in and have a look for yourself. To organise this, click here to book your free guided tour of the centre. 

We’ll show you around the centre, introduce you to your future educators and help you understand our daily routines that your child will experience. This is also a great time to meet the Centre Director and ask questions you might have.

What Our Families Say

Carolina M.
Carolina M.
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The kind of care Lilypad provides is truly priceless. I’ll never forget that most pick-up times he would refuse to go home and I would have to sit and wait until I could convince him that “it’s time to go home” – under protests, of course. For a boy, the massive indoor playground means in any weather, any day, any temperature, we can everyday play "outdoors". The fact that from 5 to 6pm kids can stay at the playground waiting for the parents means happy kids and less guilty working mum. Also all the teacher are so lovely and competent! THANK YOU!
Sarra P.
Sarra P.
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We are moving back to the UK now and I wish they had something like Lilypad in the UK where I could take my son to. I would and have already recommended Lilypad to friends that are planning on putting their child in day care. This place not only has the staff that actually enjoy what they do, but the facilities are absolutely amazing! I know I leave my son everyday and that when I pick him up he literally fights me to leave. If you are considering a child care that has it all, this is the place. Thank you all, I and Kaden will miss you all greatly.
Enku S.
Enku S.
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We have had our 1.5 year old here for four months and absolutely love the care they provide. They go above and beyond to meet his needs and make his time there as enjoyable as possible. We can ring at any time and get answers on his welfare, they build trust and actually teach your child, amazing. Cannot recommend these guys highly enough, great team, great place and awesome feedback and info, 5 stars! We also get daily emails and letters on their progress with pics and a written summary. Thank you Lilypad!
Carol A.
Carol A.
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My little boy started at Lilypad when he was 5 months and he is now nearly 3. The staff have always been very caring with regular feedback every step of the way. My boy was on a strict sleep routine and also has some food intolerances. I printed off a sheet when he first started and we sat down and went through everything with his room leader and have had no issues. He is always excited to get to class and often is sad to come home at the end of a day! I'd highly recommend Lilypad to any parent.
Amelia D.
Amelia D.
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My son Alex has been attending Lilypad since he was 2.5 years old, he was formally diagnosed with ASD when he turned 3, he is now 5 years old and in his last year attending Lilypad. Angela and Rachel have been helpful and very good with applying for inclusion support, coming up with strategies to help him learn more and providing the extra care Alex needs. Although my son is barely speaking, he feels comfortable coming to Lilypad in the morning and able to follow the routines of the day thanks to the extra effort put for Alex by his educators.
Shaveta N.
Shaveta N.
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The staff are so welcoming and warm, greeting you with a smile and they provide a very high standard of care, demonstrating calm professionalism even during their busiest times. They are such caring and loving people, they know each child’s individual needs. The kids are always involved, the activities are ever changing. My daughter is really enjoying her time over there...
Katherine H.
Katherine H.
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My daughter has been attending Lilypad since she was 12 months old. She loves her educators and they are so caring with her - every time we drop her off she gives them a big hug! Being at Lilypad has definitely encouraged my daughter's development, especially socially. It also has a lot of space for the kids to play in and they offer so many different activities & learning experiences each week. Lilypad has a good energy and is always a happy place.
Krystle L.
Krystle L.
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My elder son is 3 years old and has been going to Lilypad for 1.5 years. He absolutely loves going there. Friendly educators, huge outdoor area, a lot of activities and programs like F.A.S.T. football, Kidz That Move, Chinese/Spanish class, etc. The educators also create activities targeted at my son's interest too. About to send my other baby there soon. Would highly recommend this centre.
Suliman K.
Suliman K.
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My daughter Ava has been attending this centre since she was 14 months and now she is 4 years old. We left the centre few months ago because we moved out of Top Ryde, however my daughter was very unhappy at the new centre and cried to come back to Lilypad. After seeing the other centre, we realised how good Lilypad is, so we came back and we will definitely bring our next child here. Never had a complaint. Ava loves her educators and they are very professional and dedicated! Thank you!
Jueyin N.
Jueyin N.
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I sent my son to Lilypad when he was 11 months, he is now almost 4 yrs old. I feel this is the best childcare I ever put my son to. The childcare educators are very caring and bond very well with the children. My son Evans couldn't love the educators more! The centre management invest to create a good education programs ranging from STEM science experiments, Chinese classes every week, excursions, picture book teaching and public speaking. They also invest in good teaching materials - Duplo, picture books, puzzles and so on.
Danielle C.
Danielle C.
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I have 2 boys at Lilypad with the eldest having been there for the last 2.5 years, moving up from the toddler room right through to the preschool room. We have always found the staff to be extremely caring towards the children and the kids have always been happy there. The facilities are always clean and bright, and the kids get trips to the gym for Zumba lessons, go to the library and sometimes go on trips to the supermarket - which is great for some variety. I also love the fact that the staff turnover is much lower than other daycares (with many of the staff being there for many years) giving consistency to the children.
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Have Any Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to see the centre, we recommend that you schedule a free guided tour. 

Simply fill out the form and we’ll be touch as soon as possible. You’ll be shown around the centre, have all your questions answered, and have the chance to meet our educators. We’ll then guide you through the enrolment process, provide advice on applying for Child Care Subsidy (CCS), and anything else you might need. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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