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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 over Christmas and January.

The Centre has 4 rooms, the Babies’ room is for the 0-2yrs, Toddlers 2-3yrs, Preschool, 3-5yrs and the Schoolies Room 4-5yrs. (please see more detailed information about our School Readiness Program under the News/Parent Info Tab)

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 to Friday 8.00am – 4.30pm.

The School Readiness Program is open on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am – 4pm. The program runs for the entire year, with the exception of the two weeks of the Sept/Oct School holidays and the whole centre, 4 week Christmas closure.

Children can not be left at the Centre before 8am and must be collected promptly when the Centre closes at 4.30pm. A late fee will be charged at $2 per minute and this fee is exempt from child care subsidy.

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 on the ipad located at reception, this is a department 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, as we may have children on our waiting list. All absent days are charged at the normal rate.


The initial registration fee is $80 per family which includes a hat and wet bag.   The fees are $13.20 per hour per child for 0-3yrs and $12.20 per hour for 3-6yrs. Child Care Subsidy is available to eligible families and can greatly reduce your fees. Phone Centrelink on 136150 to link to our Service or access through your MyGov App.

Childcare fees are invoiced weekly in advance.  Payments to be set up using a set weekly direct debit, details are provided on your invoice. We have a No Pay No Stay policy that is enforced.


We require an up to date Immunisation History Statement for your child to attend care. You can download this from your MyGov app or you can download a copy from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.


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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