Plans for 235 extra childcare places

Artist's impression of the proposed new childcare centre at Hamlyn Terrace

Plans have been released for two new childcare centres at Hamlyn Terrace and Toukley, and the expansion of another at Tuggerah.

Little Miracles has lodged a development application with Central Coast Council to expand its childcare centre at 6A Pioneer Ave in Tuggerah Business Park.

There are plans to add a 125sqm first floor, comprising a playroom, amenities and elevated outdoor play area.

An extra three educators would be employed in the new playroom for 15 children aged three to four, taking the capacity of the centre to 188.

There would not be any changes to parking or access to the childcare centre, but a shared parking agreement with The Lakes Evangelical Church allows use of their 70-space car parking area from Monday to Saturday.

In another development application, a new childcare centre is proposed for a vacant lot at 166 Warnervale Rd, on the corner of Minnesota Ave, Hamlyn Terrace.

It would be a single-storey centre with six playrooms for 120 children aged up to five.

The centre would operate from 6.30am to 6.30pm and employ 19 caregivers.

Access would be via Warnervale Rd, with 30 on-site parking spaces.

A third centre has been proposed for 102-104 Evans Rd, Toukley, opposite the primary school.

Approval is being sought to demolish the existing house on the block to make way for the 100-place centre, with basement parking for 25 vehicles.

The centre would employ 16 caregivers and one manager for children aged up to five, and one manager, and be open on weekdays from 7am to 6pm.

All three applications are open for public exhibition and comment on Central Coast Council’s website.

Submissions for the Tuggerah centre (DA 362/2022) close on May 27. For both the Hamlyn Terrace (DA 721/2022) and Toukley centres (DA 520/2022), the closing date is June 10.

Sue Murray