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A long operating child care service catering for 29 children per day. Our small centre is very personal and family orientated and we have formed great partnerships and lasting relationships with the parents and their children in our care. Years later we still have graduate children pop in for a visit or choose to do their high school work placement here. We are like one big family here at Padstow Play N Learn with mutual trust and respect for each other and the role we all play in raising children of our community.

Come and see for yourself

Sending your little ones off to day care can be just as hard for the parents as it is for the children. We know it's not easy trusting new people with the most important thing in your lives. That is why we encourage all families to pop in for a visit, meet the staff, have a look around the centre and bring your child/ren in for a play.

This way you can form a decision based on how comfortable you are and get a glimpse of how your children will be if you decide to go with Play N Learn.

As we are tucked away down a quiet street in Padstow, majority of our new enrolments come from word-of-mouth and recommendations. It is very humbling to know that all the families that have utilized our service over the years continue to come back and send new families to us.

Thank you!


Padstow Play n Learn is an amazing preschool and educational facility. We started attending in our year before school with our then 4 year old twins.

The staff, especially the Centre Manager, Hayley de Gruchy, went above and beyond what could be expected from any long daycare facility. She helped prepare and implement  learning goals and ensure that these were updated and communicated to me in detail on a frequent and regular basis.  This helped ease my mind and transitioned our children into the centre seamlessly.

What I especially liked about the centre and staff, is their ability to take on parent feedback and integrate this into the centre’s planning.  This was such a surprise to me as I had never before encountered a centre so willing to take on change and progress, and continually improve their services to the families.

Another thing we loved about the centre, is the family environment. Majority of the staff have been there for years and some even decades.  As well, there are recurrent families so the overall feeling at any centre event is of a close knit and welcome community environment.

Together with the up to date knowledge on childcare programs, what is the current recommended methods, the attention to detail on each individual, the friendly and warm environment, I really couldn’t recommend this centre any higher. The recommendation for CBCC Local Business Awards honestly could not go to a more deserving childcare facility. This is one local gem which I hope will be around for a long while to come, as our community benefit greatly from their experience and loving care to our younger generation and their families."

-Tas W

"I’m so grateful for the fact that my four year old daughter likes going to the day care every day, 5 days a week, and she loves everything in there. My daughter has learned a lot over the last one and a half years in there. She has learned numbers, alphabets, social skills, lots of drawing, reading, etc. What I’m pleased to see every day when I pick her up is that she doesn’t want to leave. She is just so happy being there. I'm so glad that we have built strong trust in the day care and the staff in P&L Padstow are nice and friendly, most importantly, they all love kids and care for them."

Jenny Clancy

"Our family have been with Padstow Play n Learn for over 4 years. We have so many fond memories as do our children. Learning through play, making friendships and end of year concerts are always a hit!. It's so easy to speak with the educators about anything as they are open and informative. Our children absolutely love PPNL so much so that they don't want to leave at pickup time. They have developed into beautiful, confident bright kids during their time at PPNL and we can't thank the educators enough. It saddens us to think that the day will arrive when we will move on from the kiddy part of life and we will truly miss PPNL"

Belinda Reynolds

"Our two sons went to Padstow Play N Learn and they both had an excellent experience. All the educators genuinely care for the children and clearly put the welfare and education of children first. We were also impressed how quickly our sons' social and intellectual skills developed at this centre. We feel completely comfortable placing our children in the care of Padstow Play N Learn and would certainly recommend it to other parents."

Steve and Mel Lawson

"It's not easy being a working family, however knowing that my son is so well cared for whilst I'm at work is a great comfort to me. All the carers at Padstow Play & Learn are kind, caring, wonderful educators who care for my son like he was their own."

Amanda Marshall

"Padstow play and learn deserves a five star rating for their highly trained educators and creative learning system. I am very happy for my son going there and near future my daughter will join. Educators are really helpful and friendly . Can't thank all the educators enough for taking such good care of my son."

Shammi Pasha


"We have been part of the PPNL family for 10years with our 6 children including 4 year old triplets attending. The staff are very warm, friendly, considerate and interested in all aspects of our children's development and life's. Nothing is ever too much trouble for the PPNL team, they are very efficient in using technology to keep us informed of what our children have been doing for the day. We are so lucky we have found a family friendly trustworthy long day care for our children."

Kimberlee King

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