About us

Situated in Chifley, Sydney, Care-A-Lot was originally established in 1994 by Valerie Farmer.  Her vision was to provide a high quality, affordable learning environment for families in the community.  In the 20 plus years that have followed, Care-A-Lot has achieved an excellent reputation and has been the recipient of small business awards.  Care-A-Lot attracts staff members who have a passion for early childhood education and who are committed to the culture of our service.

Our experienced team work collaboratively with families to build on each child’s needs and capabilities, encourage their interests, as well as celebrate and extend their strengths.    With our smaller class sizes and a higher educator to child ratio rate we are able to provide the individual care needed for each child.

Valerie Farmer

Owner/Approved Provider

Valerie Farmer opened Care-A-Lot in 1994.  She has a Nursing background and a Diploma in Children’s Services.

She has raised three children with her husband Larry, and has had all her grandchildren attend Care-A-Lot.  As the Approved Provider, Val is at the service daily and takes a very hands on approach in the day to day management of Care-A-Lot.  Val is well known in the wider community for her longevity in the early childhood sector and providing a high quality service.

“It is my goal to provide an environment where:

  • We offer a professional service that ensures the needs of the children are a priority
  • We work in respectful collaboration with families and the community
  • Care-A-Lot is an inclusive, welcoming and nurturing environment
  • Although a smaller environment, we at all times ensure that our program is diverse and stimulating.
  • Our Educators are chosen for their enthusiasm and commitment and are given the tools to continue their professional development and further their skills and knowledge.

Georgina Brito

Director, Nominated Supervisor and Educational Leader

Georgina Brito has been a part of the team at Care-A-Lot for the last 14 years.  Georgina has a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (Teaching) and an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management.  As the Director, Nominated Supervisor and Educational Leader, Georgina’s role is diverse.  As well as the day to day management of the service, Georgina also oversees the learning programs in both rooms as well as the professional development of the educators.

Georgina is a mum of two teenage boys and knows the challenges and rewards in bringing up children.  She is passionate about the importance of giving children the right start to education and hence a love of learning.  It is her goal to ensure that each child has the opportunity to learn how to build relationships and be confident learners that will provide a good foundation for their future.

Our Team of Educators

We pride ourselves on the high quality teaching of our educators.  They are a diverse group ranging in age and culture as well as experience.  From 1 year to 23 years, our educators are all qualified with Certificate III, Diploma and currently studying their Early Childhood Degree.

We encourage and support continual professional development to extend knowledge and skills and ensure our educators are in the forefront of the early childhood industry.  They are talented and motivated and all have something special to offer that is unique to them.

Children and families are always welcomed by familiar staff as we have little staff turn over.

We encourage communication

A sense of belonging is fostered for children, families and our educators.

We encourage open communication at all times and parents and carers are invited to do this however it suits them eg through Kinderloop, email, phone, during drop off or pickup or organising a meeting.  We are here to help and support you and your child and our door is always open.

Learning environments

Dynamic, Inclusive, Supportive
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Contact us

Come and visit us:
32 Carnegie Circuit, Chifley  2036
Give us a call:
02 9661 3048

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday
7.30 am – 5.30 pm

Children at service:

28 children a day
Wombat’s Room
2 - 3 years
Kookaburra’s Room (Preschool Room)
4 - 5 years

Want a tour?

If you are interested in setting  up a time for a tour of Care-A-Lot please leave your details and we will be in contact with you to organise.  We look forward to meeting you and your child.