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Mary Ranken Child Care Centre is open for 48 weeks a year open during the school holidays, only closed for annual leave for 4 weeks during January.

The Centre has 4 rooms, the babies’ room is for the 0-2yrs, Toddlers 2-3yrs, Possums, 3-5yrs and the Schoolies Room 4-5yrs.

All rooms provide a secure, caring and stable environment as well as educational programs. The learning Centres provide art & craft experiences, puzzles, block and construction play, language, music and movement, sand & water play, bikes, mud-play and lots of other spontaneous learning experiences to enhance all the developmental areas of the child.

Operating Times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.15am to 4pm

The School Readiness Program is open on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am – 3pm. The program runs for 40 weeks a year, closed for school holidays.

Children can not be left at the Centre before 8.15am and must be collected promptly when the Centre closes at 4pm. A late fee will apply $10 for the first 5 mins per child and $15 for every 5 minutes after that. These fees must be paid before the next visit.

Requirements for the Day

  • A large bag with child’s name clearly marked on the outside
  • Two sets of spare clothes for all children, more for babies.
  • Adequate nappies
  • Prepared formula bottles, dummy, healthy food, milk and water drink bottles.
  • Milk in a cup, bottle or drink bottle will be kept in the fridge for lunch.
  • Be sure to read the strict Nutrition Policy in the enrolment package.

On arrival and departure you are required to sign your child in and out of the service everyday. This is a regulation. Please let us know if your child has any special needs for the day such as has not eaten yet, late night, teething, moved house or separation from a parent etc.

Bookings can be made at the office or by phoning 02 6740 2295. If you need to cancel your place give as much notice as possible and we may be able to fill the position, otherwise you will be charged for the place.

Fees – 2016

The initial registration fee is $65 per family which includes a hat and wet bag. Families already enrolled will pay 2 instalments of $40 in January and July. The fees are $8.80 per hour for all children. Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate is available to eligible families and can greatly reduce your fees. Phone Centrelink on 136150 to link to our Service.

Payment is on arrival or in advance, we accept cash, cheque or direct debit. We have Eftpos facilities but no credit card, the minimum is $10 and no cash out. We have a NO PAY NO STAY policy that is enforced.


We can no longer accept your childs blue book as proof of immunisation. We now require a print out from Centrelink (Immunisation History Statement) or you can download a copy from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.

Please drop in, fax (02 6740 2296) or email your immunisation statement before the start of term one as your child/ren will NOT be allowed to attend our service if we do not have a current immunisation statement (This is a new Government requirement). If your child is not immunised they can only attend with a letter from a doctor stating an objection for relegious or medical reasons.


A copy of their birth certificate will be required for proof of identification, please put a copy with your enrolment forms.

Mary Ranken Child Care

Address: SugarGums (Tafe Grounds) Hunter Street, Gunnedah 2380
Phone: 02 6740 2295 | Fax: 02 6740 2296
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Friday 9am-3pm

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