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Little Zak's Academy Childcare Centre & Preschool

Childcare Centre in Thornton

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    About Us

    Little Zak’s childcare centre in Thornton is equipped with a dedicated team of educators who provide early education to teach children social skills and engage them in fun and educational activities. We only employ qualified, highly experienced and trustworthy professionals to care for your child(ren).

    Our renowned childcare program focuses on improving children’s social skills, confidence and thinking ability before they start primary school. We believe in providing physical, mental, and emotional growth for our kids and design childcare programs according to their unique needs.

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    Why Little Zak's Thornton?


    • An experienced chef onsite 5 days a week
    • Quality educational program – valuing children’s and families’ voices
    • Natural and artificial aspects in both indoor and outdoor spaces
    • A passionate team of educators to enhance your child’s development and skills
    • Community library
    • Strong connections with children and their families


    • Nappies and wipes provided
    • Sunscreen supplied
    • All meals are provided including religious, allergy, intolerance or family values food options supplied
    • Newly renovated learning environments
    • Community garden


    • Outdoor Bike Track
    • Graduation and Christmas celebrations and gifts
    • Free birthday cake
    • Large outdoor learning environment
    • Enrolment pack – bag, hat and bottle
    • Orientation gift- Plush toy – breathing buddy and an activities booklet
    • Interactive experiences for children to care for and gain knowledge on animals – Chickens, Guinea pigs

    Meet LANIE,
    our Centre Director

    I’ve got 4 years of experience in the field, with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and working towards a Bachelor of Education.

    Start Strong for Long Day Care 2024

    Start Strong Preschool 2024

    Little Zak’s Thornton preschool program is a recipient of funding under the NSW Department of Education’s ‘Start Strong for Long Day Care 2024’ Program.

    • Fee relief of up to $2110 per child for children aged 4 and above, and up to $500 per year in fee relief for children aged 3.
      • To be eligible for 4YO+ Program Payment and 4YO+ Fee Relief Payment funding under Start Strong, a child will need to be the age of 4 years old on, or before, 31 July 2024 (the child’s birthdate must be on, or before, 31 July 2020)
      • To be eligible for 3YO Program Trial Payment and 3YO Fee Relief Trial Payment funding under Start Strong, a child will need to be the age of 3 years old and not yet 4 years old on, or before 31 July in 2024 (the child’s birthdate must be on, or between, 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021)
    • Families are required to fill the ‘Families Declaration Form’ to receive the relief. (Available at the service)
    • Relief is calculated weekly based on the number of weeks the service is open.
    • Families that do not receive CCS are eligible for the program.
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    Happy Parents

    We love the centre and the staff, we are so happy with the new director who has started. My children enjoy coming to school everyday.

    The facilities and staff at Little Zak’s are incredible. I feel at ease knowing my little one is in a safe environment, nurtured and happy in their care.

    Great environment and culture at Little Zak’s. Staff and director are so friendly and professional.

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