Freshwater Childcare & Preschool

Reviews from Google

Sam P Sam P 1695596060
OAC Freshwater is a fantastic, loving, caring and fun learning environment. The educators in my son's room have been nothing but supportive since he started in Feb, in the Nursery room. He settled in immediately and, as a first-time parent, I felt very comfortable leaving him in their care. The activities that the babies participate in always look so fun and inviting, with all the children smiling and engaged. The director is very approachable and present, and it is so welcoming to see such a friendly face as we enter the centre each morning :-)

Jade Reynolds Jade Reynolds 1695156626
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Only about children at Freshwater. My daughter loves going to Kindy and she loves the daily planned activities. The team at OAC have helped out with her toilet training which has been amazing and they have been so supportive and accommodating regarding my daughter’s dietary requirements. Her diet is quite restrictive and we have experimented with a few different diets and the OAC team have always jumped on board to support us in anyway they can. I have had my daughter attend another kindergarten which was ok but when I moved her to OAC I realised they were the best of the best. If you want your child to have the opportunity to have a wonderful experience at kindergarten I would recommend OAC to anyone

Shema Shema 1695096605
Friendly and welcoming staff , the menus are fantastic, oac really focuses on nutrition and the chef really knows his stuff..There educational programs are amazing..I highly recommend only about children freshwater campus for your child care needs …

Campus Overview

Our purpose-built Campus is located at 120 Oliver Street and only a three-minute drive to Freshwater Beach and Curl Curl Beach, or a 12-minute drive to Dee Why Beach. With plenty of onsite parking, families can enjoy a smooth drop off and pick up every visit. We are a short walk to nearby bus stops that connect to the wider area in both directions. We are close to Harbord Primary School and Curl Curl North Primary School with a number of parks and playgrounds in the local area. 

Families at our Freshwater campus enjoy –

  • Three dedicated outdoor play areas, including a preschool yard, a nursery and toddler yard and a Secret Garden, children are excited to explore, discover and lead their own play. Our outdoor areas feature a bike track, slide and climbing mountain, sandpits, a cubby house and outdoor verandahs. All areas have shading.
  • Our beloved Secret Garden is a hands-on vegetable and herb garden featuring a dirt patch and a worm farm! Our Secret Garden provides sensory experiences, where children learn how to protect and respect the land.
  • Six age-based indoor rooms are specifically designed to encourage children to learn and grow with a focus on safety and natural elements.
  • A dedicated team of multilingual Educators who are fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Punjabi, Afrikaans and English to ensure that every child receives the care they need to learn and grow.
  • Connecting with our local area and community through excursions and activities that feed into children’s interests and learning. At our Freshwater childcare centre these include exploration of our local natural environment with a focus on the sea, bird and insect life and shells.  We also have strong partnerships with our local primary schools – Harbord Primary School and St. John the Baptist School as part of our school readiness program. 

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  • Passionate educators and allied health specialists who are focused on creating a learning space where families and children can learn and grow together.
  • A leading nutritionhealth and wellbeing offering which includes a Dietitian designed seasonal menu and fresh meals prepared daily in-house by our campus cooks
  • All-inclusive offering including our daily app diary updates, nappies, formula, bedding, sunscreen and more.

At Only About Children Freshwater, we offer More Than Childcare. Our unique approach to early years learning goes beyond education to encompass the health, social development and wellbeing of every child in our care. We call it The OAC Way.

Our innovative play-based Grow Curriculum gives Nursery, Toddler and Preschool children the best opportunity to develop their growing minds during their early years. It includes:

  • Left Brain Logic – Literacy & Language, Exploration & STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math) and Sustainability
  • Right Brain Creativity – Music, Dramatic Play and Art
  • Health and Wellbeing – Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Social Development – Trust, Respect & Relationship and Resilience & Mindfulness

Our Grow curriculum is delivered via intentional teaching in dynamic small group learning environments where children’s successes, skills and challenges are monitored on an ongoing basis. 

OAC Flexi (occasional care) is available at our Freshwater Campus. This option is for families wishing to utilise occasional or back up childcare at short notice. OAC Flexi is available in 2 sessions, full day or part day and is available for children aged 12 weeks – 5 years old.

Where to find us

We are located at 120 Oliver Street, Freshwater, only a three-minute drive to Freshwater Beach and Curl Curl Beach, or a 12-minute drive to Dee Why Beach.

With plenty of onsite parking, families can enjoy a smooth drop off and pick up every visit. We are a short walk to nearby bus stops that connect to the wider area in both directions. We are close to Harbord Primary School and Curl Curl North Primary School with a number of parks and playgrounds in the local area. 

Interested in learning more? The best place to start is with a tour or call today us on 138 622.


Freshwater Nursery (6 weeks – 2 years)

At Only About Children Freshwater Nursery, our passionate educators focus on laying a foundation for enduring curiosity, confidence and a love of learning. Our Freshwater Nursery caters to the care and development needs of infants aged 6 weeks -2 years.

The Freshwater Nursery focuses on safe sleep practices developed by qualified Family Health Nurses and Consultants. Our nursery is a safe and stimulating environment that encourages your child to explore and play and implements both structure and a nurturing environment with our exceptional caregiving and play routines.

Our Freshwater Nursery Program includes:

  • Age 6 weeks -2 years appropriate indoor/outdoor learning environments.
  • Sleeping rooms with a focus on positive sleep practices.
  • Dietitian designed baby menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Baby essentials such as nappies, cots, linen, and sunscreen.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum

For more information, download the Only About Children Nursery Room Guide

OAC Nursery Room Guide

Freshwater Toddlers (2-3 years)

Our Only About Children Freshwater campus is focused on giving your child a calm and welcoming environment that balances play, exploration, and learning. Our Toddler rooms are led by passionate educators who create play-based learning activities designed to provide toddler-aged children with nurturing experiences that encourage growth and development.

Our Toddler rooms are safe, supportive spaces that facilitate creative exploration. Each space is expertly designed to encourage younger children to explore, solve problems, create, construct and interact with peers.

Our Freshwater Toddler program includes:

  • Age 2-3 years of appropriate learning and playing environments.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum
  • Small group learning activities.
  • Dietitian designed menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Calm sleeping and resting rooms.

For more information, download the Only About Children Toddler Room Guide

OAC Toddler Room Guide

Freshwater Preschool (3-5 years)

Only About Children Freshwater Preschool is focused on creating quality experiences that place your child in the best position to begin school. Our nurturing kindergarten educators give special emphasis on building school-ready skills, such as Literacy & Language, Exploration & STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math), Sustainability, Music, Dramatic Play and Art. We aim to make your child’s transition to school as smooth as possible by providing balanced, small group learning activities that build independence and resilience along with academic skills.

Our team of highly-skilled educators and health specialists work together to create an integrated journey that enhances your child’s learning and development. Individual learning plans are created to empower each child with skills that will help them reach their full academic and social potential.

Freshwater Preschool program

  • Provides an innovative curriculum focused on left brain logic and right brain creativity
  • Includes both structured and unstructured play-based learning that considers the child’s individual interests and development
  • Provides an ‘Individual Learning and Development Plan’ for every child with 6 monthly check-ins with families
  • A learning focus from 9am to 3pm to prepare children for typical school hours and routine whilst providing the flexibility of long hours for social development and play
  • Is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) for childcare.
  • Includes Health and Social Development support in preparation for school, including complementary Vision Screening
  • Is eligible for NSW Start Strong Preschool Funding

For more information, download the Only About Children Preschool Room Guide

OAC Preschool Room Guide

Helpful Information

Freshwater Campus Educators

Louise Dowd Louise Dowd

Louise Dowd

Campus Director

Louise has as Bachelor of Education and has worked in the Early Childhood Sector for over 18 years, including in Switzerland and the UK where she had the opportunity to experience and explore different approaches to Early Childhood Education. She has been at the Freshwater Campus for over 5 years and loves being part of the wonderful Freshwater community!

Childcare Subsidy

For more information, visit our Childcare Subsidy Information (CCS)

Contact Us

  • Open hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am – 6:00pm
  • Phone: 138 622
  • 120 Oliver Street, Freshwater, NSW 2096

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