Council is committed to providing nurturing and responsive environments that provide both education and care in the early and middle years of a child's life.
Council's program is informed by principles of social justice and focuses on all areas of child development – the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and creative to nurture the child as an individual as well as a member of the community.
Council values the contributions of families in our centres and acknowledges the importance of supporting the formation of connections between families and the community, to enhance the development and long-term outcomes for children.
Council offers a range of services for children and families that cater for the varying needs of families and different stages in a child's life.
For children aged birth to six years we offer:
For primary school aged children we offer:
To obtain a waiting list application form please visit our forms page and skip to the 'Children's Services' heading.
The Children and Family Services Directory came about in response to requests from local service providers and families looking for children's services. This directory focuses on services within the Marrickville and Leichhardt local government areas and the suburb of Glebe.
Council sponsors the Child and Family Interagency, a network of agencies that provide services for families and children 0 to eight years old in the Marrickville and Leichhardt local government areas and the suburb of Glebe.
The interagency is part of Families NSW, a Government early intervention and prevention strategy to help parents give their children (0-8 years) a good start in life. The interagency is funded by the NSW Department of Community Services. The broad aim and objective of the strategy is to work through a co-ordinated network of agencies to build the capacity of parents and carers to raise children.
Council also sponsors the Inner West Families NSW Learning and Development program to offer professional development and support to child and family workers across the Inner West Families NSW area, which incorporates the local government areas of Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Strathfield, and the suburb of Glebe.