Child care & early learningLong day care and early education in the Ryde area
At Lilypad Early Learning Centre, we welcome you as part of our extended family. We are a purpose-built centre, providing a play-based environment where children can explore their interests, make new friends and develop into proactive, independent learners.
For more details about the different age groups:
- Nursery (6 weeks to 2 years old)
- Toddlers (2 to 3 years old)
- Preschool (3 to 6 years old – three rooms)
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.
Lilypad Early Learning Centre is founded, built and licensed by a parent who has been through the child care system. Our child care centre is purpose-built with the aim of directly addressing key shortcomings of child care centres across Sydney. We take early education very seriously and strive to offer best child care services possible.
Highly 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 a valid First Aid and CPR certificate.
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.
At Lilypad, we use a number of 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, and 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.
Collaboration with families and the 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.
The best way to do this is to book a free, personalised tour.
We’ll guide you around the centre, introduce your future educators and help you understand the day-to-day routines that your child will experience. This is also a great time to meet the Centre Director and raise any questions of concerns you might have.
Our opening hours are from Monday to Friday, from 7am to 6pm.
Book your free guided tour
Book a free guided tour to see our centre first hand, meet your child’s future educators, and ask any questions you might have.