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Punchinello Early Learning Centre


Fees & Availability

$155 33
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Long Day Care

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18 mths to 6 yrs


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Fees Approved service for CCS
Price $165 /day
Fee includes Education & Developmental Programs, Meals Provided, Nappies
Price $145 /day
Fee includes Education & Developmental Programs, Meals Provided, Nappies
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About

Hidden in the heart of Balgowlah, Punchinello is a family owned, boutique learning environment for children aged 18 months - 6 years.

The Centre has been providing Childcare for families in the Balgowlah and Manly area for over 40 years and prides itself on its small, close-knit 33 place family community.

Our longstanding team of Educators provide a personalised learning journey for each child, where their developing needs and emotions are met with care and compassion. 

We believe an Early Learning Centre should be a calm, comforting and warm space where children and their families feel welcomed and enjoy a strong sense of belonging and identity. Our program is specifically designed to develop each child’s sense of self and wellbeing, connection to others and wonder and respect for the world around them. At Punchinello, each child is celebrated for their uniquely special individuality.

Our role is to work alongside families in supporting each child to reach their full potential by providing an environment that is rich for learning and guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards.

We are open 7.30am - 6pm Monday - Friday, 50 weeks of the year, excluding public holidays.

Call us on 9949 2521 to book in your tour and discover the unique Punchinello experience for yourselves.

“Dropping my son off to kindy is like dropping him to his grandparents house, it’s such a warm and friendly place full of fun. Being a smaller facility the children get lots of one on one attention and most of the staff have been there for ages, which is always a good sign. Each morning there are endless different activities set up for the kids to do, so much time and thought obviously goes into the curriculum. I switched my son from a larger, impersonal child care centre, a decision I will never regret. Punchinello has excellent facilities, a fantastic outdoor play area and the staff are wonderful. A perfect mix of old school kindergarten values with a cutting edge education program. Highly recommend.” - Lisa Sullivan

Service Features

Allergy Aware
Bottles Supplied
Meals Provided
Nappies Supplied
NQS Rating
Sun Safe Aware

Services - what are the different

  • Long Day Care (Child Care Centre)

Location

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National Quality Standard Rating

What the National Quality Standard Ratings mean for families
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Educational Program and Practice Meeting
Children's Health and Safety Meeting
Physical environment Meeting
Staffing Arrangements Meeting
Relationships with children Meeting
Collaborative partnerships with families and communities Meeting
Governance and leadership Meeting
NQS rating last updated 29-Jun-2022

Reviews for Punchinello Early Learning Centre

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Gold star 4.9 Care for Kids (4 reviews)
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Punchinello is like our Son's home away from home. The close-knit and modest size of the centre provides such a nice family vibe and our son has made some great friends within both the educators and children. They always strive to create and plan fun and educational activities with the kids. Outdoor and nature play is big here as well as arts and crafts. Our son truly enjoys running through the door of a morning.

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Punchinello is the greatest little centre. We loved it. We moved our son because we wanted him to be sure that the same teachers would be there to welcome him, every day. He always looked forward to going to Punchinello and, in a few months, he changed from being very timid to being a confident, inquisitive and happy little boy. Thank you to the team at Punchinello! Sarah Johns

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My daughter attended Punchinello Kindergarten and I thoroughly recommend this kindy to all my friends! Their staff are caring, their facilities are lovely, and the education program was amazing!

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We love Punchinello for our two year old girl. It's a small centre that has a family feel. The staff are fantastic - thank you Punchinello for taking care of our Isabelle :)

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Both of my boys absolutely love Punchinello. The activities offered are diverse and fun. They often stem from the interests of the children and include cooking, painting, making playdough, gardening, building etc. The staff are always extremely caring and go above and beyond where needed. They always have a smile on their face and most importantly make my children feel safe. The food offered is healthy and tasty (my oldest still talks about it)! I cannot recommend Punchinello highly enough. Thank you ladies for all that you do!

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When you walk into the doors of Punchinello, you instantly feel the warm, nurturing vibe of the entire service. Whenever I arrive, the educators are always engaging with the children, sharing play and learning. The children are always happy and laughing! I could not imagine a better early childhood setting for my child. The thought and care that goes into every activity, every interaction, is just amazing.

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I could not imagine a more nurturing, caring or fun early childhood service for my child! The deep care and respect they show the children is evident - as soon as you walk in the door, sounds of laughing and playing are everywhere! The small number of children per day helps give the cottage a beautiful home-like feel, whilst still getting the benefits from their excellent preschool program. Amazing educators and director!

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Punchinello is wonderful. We love it. The teachers are totally committed to the children and their educational opportunities. There’s a calm and happy feel and, being it’s a small centre, it has an especially warm and friendly atmosphere. My son is always excited to get to Punchinello and we could not imagine a more caring environment for him.

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“We are so grateful to have both our boys at Punchinello. It feels like a beautiful home away from home. Everyday is an adventure! They love the huge variety of activities including crafts, sand play, and songs! They look forward to seeing their fantastic teachers and friends everyday. Thank you Punchinello for being there for us.” 5 stars. Kirsty Manns

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Punchinello is located in a little cottage, and has a warm, home-like feel. Our daughter is thriving there. The teachers are consistent and they know all the kids. There are always engaging and interesting activities set up, and its lovely seeing the kids playing so creatively.

How Punchinello Early Learning Centre compares with Balgowlah, 2093
Price
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This centre $155
Balgowlah $152
Reviews
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Balgowlah
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National quality standard
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This centre Meeting
Balgowlah Meeting
NSW Balgowlah Punchinello Early Learning Centre
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