Leading Child Care in Sydney

Young Academics.  Play-based learning and professional care for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

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Welcome to Young Academics

At Young Academics, we’re committed to giving every child the brightest possible start. We do this by providing the very best in programs, teaching methods, nutrition, and above all, the highest level of personal care in purpose built, state of the art centres. Our qualified educators are our difference – 100% focused on creating nurturing and responsive environments where children are happy, safe and supported.

We provide care that’s shaped around each individual child, because no two little learners are the same. We offer children the freedom to learn through discovery whilst providing programs that aim to enrich their learning through planned experiences and activities. Children are encouraged to explore, learn and grow at their own pace.

Being family owned and operated, family values sit at the heart of everything we do. We aim to provide an environment that’s an extension of home, building upon the diverse cultural backgrounds of each child, whilst promoting their individual sense of identity and capabilities to succeed.

We know your children mean everything to you, and we are privileged to play a role in their education and care. It’s a role we don’t take lightly.

Your child is our commitment.

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“My son just started at Smeaton Grange – he loves it and so do we! The teachers are so professional with everything they do, and I can already see a difference in my son’s skills and everyday knowledge. We can’t wait for his little brother to join him! What a beautiful place.”

Why choose Young Academics.

Choosing a childcare centre for your precious little person is no small decision. At Young Academics, we understand the many factors you need to consider – and we’re here to support you every step of the way. While we pride ourselves on our excellent facilities and play-based learning programs, it’s our team that sets us apart.

Great childcare comes from great carers. That’s why we go out of our way to select childcare professionals who are highly qualified, experienced, active, and truly love what they do. It may sound simple, but families and children feel the difference.

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I just want to thank you and your fabulous staff for being what Harvey calls 'his other Mummies'. The staff and the centre is second to none and I can't recommend you enough to family and friends... It's truly the best Daycare I've ever stepped foot in and I've seen a few! Harvey will be very sad to say goodbye. 

- Melissa Drakopoulos

Leaving my son at Young Academics Castle Hill means I never have to worry about whether or not my son is happy and well cared for. Every single team member is friendly, positive and energetic, they genuinely love their jobs. The team always have my son's best interests at heart, and their support is unwavering. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

- Victoria Kohlhagen

My husband and I needed full time day care for our son and started him at Young Academics when he was 8 months old. From the first time we walked through the Smeaton Grange complex to his orientation day, we were met with friendly faces and answers to all of our questions. We were extremely impressed with the level of care they provided, down to the daily updates and indepth run down of what our son ate, when he slept - even how many nappies he had changed! My son has grown to love the carers and always enjoys being dropped off in the morning. This gives us such amazing peace of mind, to know that our son is in an environment where he is comfortable, safe and enjoying his day. The daily activities he gets involved with are also great and he has developed so much in both language and behaviour. I really love the theme days they do, like pajama day and St Patricks day. However my absolute favourites is when they open up the centre for special occasions, such as Easter or Mothers day.

I cannot recommend Young Academics Smeaton Grange highly enough. They are true professionals and have my son's best interest at heart.

- Michelle Jack

The centre director and all the staff are friendly/welcoming and supportive of each other creating a positive culture and atmosphere. This is very important to me having a centre which is warm and inviting. They always greet me and have time to chat. Staff in the baby room are very nurturing and maternal.  The kinderloop app the centre uses to communicate is great.

I'm very happy I chose YA, the centre is always a clean and calm environment. I feel reassured leaving my baby in their care, I know her teachers understand her and her needs.

- Melisha Sirisena

I am absolutely so impressed by the centre here in Elderslie.

The communication, professionalism and down to earth approach from the ladies here in this centre is such a breath of fresh air. The general atmosphere is really calming and relaxing which is great for all the children & parents. It's great to know we have such a quality standard of care in a child centre here in the area.

- Michelle Hodges

Young Academics Castle Hill is a fantastic centre. The team at YA provide a caring and nurturing environment not only for the children attending but for the child's entire family.We have been able to put our trust in the team to be sensitive to the needs of our child and provide the very best in care, positive health and nutrition education and an engaging curriculum. Our son loves attending and enjoys spending time with each and every educator. As a full time mum working, I know my son is safe , happy and having a great time each and everyday that he attends the centre. 

I would highly recommend this centre to anyone looking for a care. The best thing is the centre is an old heritage house that has been transformed , the warm homely feel you get when you walk in the door is the key for me. 

Thank you Ladies for each and every day, we love it there!  

- Diana Neich

Both of my children have been going to Young Academics – Smeaton Grange for a few months now. Having moved interstate, it was a daunting experience for my girls to change centres again. All of the educators at Young Academics have been so nurturing and caring towards my children, helping them to settle into their new life here in Sydney. The centre is always beautifully presented and my children always tell me at the end of each day how much fun they have had. Thank you Young Academics (Smeaton Grange) for making me feel at ease when leaving my girls in your care!

- Warneke Family

Young Academics Smeaton Grange has provided my son with an avenue to thrive in his development whilst enhancing his social skills. I have always been a sceptic about day care but this centre  has completely changed my view and I am extremely happy with the care they provide. The staff are all very accomodating and friendly and continue to make myself, my husband and my son feel very welcome. It's nice to know that he is loved and well cared for when I'm at work and I see that through their interaction with him when I drop him off and pick him up and through what I can view on Kinderloop. A wonderful team with an enthusiasm for young child development. They should all be commended.

- Meg D'Arbon-Schipp

From the moment I walked in the doors at YA Smeaton Grange I knew this centre was going to be the one for our boys.  As a first time parent seeking Childcare it was important that the centre that we chose would ensure that my children were safe and their social and emotional wellbeing were at the forefront of everything they did. My experiences with the centre have been beyond what I ever expected. The centre is always clean and orderly and the children’s work is proudly displayed. The staff are amazing, educators are warm, professional and genuinely love the children. No request is ever too big and they are always willing and available to chat about our children and support whatever is going on at home (e.g. toilet training, sleep transitions etc). The management at all levels has been supportive and attentive of my needs as a parent. I am also really proud of the fact that our children go to a centre that focuses a great deal on community involvement as well as giving back to others through fundraising events etc. Most of all, it is more than comforting to see how happy, engaged, loved and safe our boys are at the centre. They look forward to going to 'school' to be with their friends as well as learn new things and have fun being a 'child'.

- Christine Ryan

When walking into the centre my children are always greeted with love and I am always made to feel welcome.

- Kira Edwards

Our Values

We Are

We want Young Academics to feel like a home away from home, so we keep family values at the heart of everything we do. It’s about closeness, trust, unity and teamwork.


Always on the front foot, we’re constantly seeking ways to improve what we do. Just like your children, we’re always learning, growing, adapting and evolving.


We love looking after children – it’s that simple. It’s what drives us to ensure we’re always implementing best practice in everything we do, from qualifications to processes and curriculum. There’s no place for cutting corners!

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Trust is everything in childcare, and we work hard to earn it. Whether we’re communicating with families or with each other, we’re truthful, respectful and responsive.