Children’s Play & Services

The information below contains details of Child specific Play Options & Services that are available to the Merriwa Community. The information on this page has been supplied by the listed service providers themselves. Each listing contains a brief summary of their services as well as their contact details for further information.

Merriwa Create and Grow Playgroup

(02) 6548 2083

A community initiative for parents and children in a supportive play based environment. We offer a wide range of activities including art, sensory experiences and opportunities for literacy, music and physical development.

This Playgroup welcomes children aged 0-6 years. It is held each fortnight during School term at the Merriwa Pre-School and Activity Centre in Bow Street Merriwa.

Merriwa Pre-School and Activity Centre

(02) 6548 2083

The Merriwa Pre-School and Activity Centre is a Community Based centre catering to the needs of local families.

The Merriwa Pre-School operates 5 days a week between the hours of 8.00am and 3.30pm for children aged between 2 and 6 years.

The Merriwa Activity Centre is available for children aged between kindergarten and year 6. It provides after school and vacation care.

Director: Leah Folpp

Toybox Children’s Mobile Outreach Service

(02) 6543 4877

Toybox is a mobile outreach service providing structured playgroups for rural/ remote communities, including venues at Merriwa & Cassilis.

Toy Box is a not-for-profit organisation which provides parental support and educational programs for children aged 0-6 years in isolated areas of the Upper Hunter.

Come along and enjoy our fun-filled program including: Craft, Construction, Story Time, Puzzles, Morning Tea, Outdoor Play, Music Time and Baby play.

Bring a healthy morning tea, hat and water, ready for some fun!

Managed by Upper Hunter Community Services at Bowman Park Community Centre.

Co-ordinator: Kimberley Vincin

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Upper Hunter Family Day Care

(02) 6540 1151

The emphasis in Family Day Care is on security, warmth, learning and FUN in a home environment.  There is no fixed routine but there are plenty of FUN activities for the children including singing, storytelling, music, make-believe, dressing up, playdough and more.  Our Carers attend programmed playgroups and also take children on excursions and outings in the local community.

The Upper Hunter Family Day Care scheme has been operating for over 20 years. With the coordination unit based at Scone it services Muswellbrook, Scone, Merriwa and Murrurundi.

FDC is approved to operate 24 hours, and so non-standard evening, early morning, weekend, or overnight care may be available in certain circumstances. FDC also supports In-Home child care for eligible families, where care is provided from the family home (strict eligibility criteria applies). Government assistance with the cost of care (CCB/CCR) is available to eligible families.