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Childcare and After School Care

Inner West Childcare and Schools Shortage Forum - 21 OctoberThe boom in the local child population is leading to a critical shortage in childcare, including places for pre-school aged children, and Out of School Hours Care places - in particular After School Care places.

  • Only about 1 in 3 local parents are able to access local childcare
  • Hundreds of children are turned away from after school care
  • In some local schools, boundary changes are forcing siblings to separate


The Shortages: The Facts for Leichhardt LGA

  • Currently there is an estimated shortage of 284 places for long day care and preschool.
  • Currently there is an estimated shortage of 177 places for before and after school care.
  • There will be a shortage of 700-900 after school care places by 2016 if further places are not provided.
  • The increase in primary school aged children by 2016 will mean a need for an extra 900 school places.

The Growth in our Child Population

  • Over the last decade the number of children aged 0-4 years has increased by 1,800; and the number of children aged 5-11 years has increased by nearly 900.
  • From 2006-2013 Leichhardt Municipality public primary school enrolments increased an average of 53%, with some schools seeing an increase of more than 100%.

The State Government Has Got it Wrong

Independent demographic projections commissioned by Council show that the State Government has grossly underestimated the size of the baby boom in Sydney's inner west

NSW State Government projections for the increase of 5-11 year olds in the area by 2011 were off by 260 children, and the forecast to 2016 suggests the state projections are off by 780-890 children.

Growth in 5-11 year olds in the Leichhardt Municipality





Planning NSW Projections 




NSW Health Projections 




ABS data and
Leichhardt Council Projections 

ABS Census data 

ABS Census data 



You can view the entire demographic report and analysis at:

Leichhardt Child Projections February 2014 (PDF 142.4KB)

Council's Policy - Use of Council Facilities for After School Care

Counci's  policy was adopted at its Ordinary meeting on 30 October 2014 and offers existing after school care providers space at nearby council facility, not the establishment of new services run by Council.

You can find the policy here:

pdf-new-icon.gifUse of Council Facilties for After School Care (PDF 584.3KB)

Comments and  Feedback

If you would like to provide any suggestions or feedback on the proposal to allow Childcare providers to use Council's Town Halls and Community Centre, please complete our online form below:

Childcare Crisis Comments and Suggestions

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