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About mobile children’s services

Mobile children’s services are early learning services ‘on wheels’. Outreach educators visit communities to deliver quality early learning and care services where centre-based delivery is not readily available. Mobile children’s services take on many forms including pre-school, child care, toy libraries, playsessions and playgroups. Services generally work with children 0-6 years old.


About MCSA

MCSA is the peak body which supports, enhances and advocates for mobile children’s services in NSW. We believe that all children, regardless of circumstances, should have access to quality early learning services. From our early days as a simple resourcing project in the 1980s, to where we are today, we’ve continued to support the innovative mobile children’s services sector.





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16 Bogan Street, Nyngan NSW 2825

 Freecall: 1800 242 148

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ABN: 65 580 367 374 


Membership Details


Name of Mobile Service or Individual:

Governing Body (Council or Community Organisation): 

Postal Address:  



Facebook Name:

Additional Details  

Service Type:             

No of Venues / services provided: Weekly / Fortnightly    

No of Children currently receiving a service:

No of Families currently being provided for:

Other information specific to your Service:

How to Pay   

Bank:  Westpac  

Account Name:  Mobile Children’s Service Memberships  

BSB:  032 521 

Account No:  228963   

Reference: Invoice number 


Need Help?  

                       If you have queries relating directly to memberships please email 

                       MCSA Treasurer – Sharon Wasson at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


         If you have any general questions, please telephone MCSA – Freecall 1800 242 148 or

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Be informed, inspired and revitalised while meeting with Mobile Children’s Services educators from across NSW

2018 Mobile Meet inspired, informed and revitalized educators from across the State. We came together to maintain the strength of our valuable network.

The program was designed to meet the needs of all mobile service types.


Download full program here.


Mobile Meet Program


Mobile Meet Program

Tuesday, 7 March 2017
2.00pm Registrations open
5.00pm Welcome Function Cidery Bar

Acknowledgement of Country

MCSA Welcome

Official Opening

Millie Ingram

Vicki Olds

Judy Finlason

Ballroom 2|3
6.30pm Welcome Buffet Dinner                                                                                      Ballroom 2|3

Wednesday, 8 March 2017
8.00am Registrations open
9.00am Welcome and overview of day Ballroom 2|3
9.15 - 10.15am Strong into the Future - showcasing Mobile Children’s Services Ballroom 2|3
10.15 - 11.00am Morning Tea                                                                                                         Lobby Area
11.00 - 12.00pm

Key Note

Maintaining our inner equilibrium in the midst of change”

Petrea King Ballroom 2|3
12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch                                                                                                         Sphere Restaurant
1.00 - 2.30pm Session 1      Concurrent Workshops
A.    Mobile Children’s Service type facilitated discussions followed by feedback of key updates Contact/MCSA Ballroom 2|3
B.     Interwoven - Aboriginal Weaving Kyara Nean Hordern Room 1
C.    Integrating Nature Play into your Mobile Program Sam Crosby Hordern Room 2
2.30 - 3.00pm Afternoon Tea                                                                                                      Lobby Area
3.00 - 4.30pm Session 2     Concurrent Workshops
  1. Adventures with Science
Dr Camilla Gordon Ballroom 3
  1. Interwoven – Aboriginal Weaving (Repeat Session)
Kyara Nean Horden Boardroom
  1. Happy Beats – Music for Fun & Learning
Carol Crees Hordern Room 1
  1. Loose Parts and Rethinking Recycling
Rachel Rothwell Ballroom 2
  1. Integrating Nature Play into your Mobile Program (Repeat Session)
Sam Crosby Hordern Room 2
6.30 – 9.00pm

Dinner, Networking and Special Guests                                                           Ballroom 2|3

The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Early Childhood Education

Tracy Mackey, Executive Director, Early Childhood Education

Thursday, 9 March 2017
7.30 - 8.30am MCSA Annual General Meeting Hordern Room 2
8.00am Registrations open
8.45am Welcome and overview of day Ballroom 2|3
9.00 - 10.00am

Key Note

Reaching Vulnerable Children and Families:  Promising practices, exciting possibilities”

Dorothy Scott OAM Ballroom 2|3
10.15am Centennial Parklands Excursion – Departure Ballroom 2|3
10.00 - 11.00am Morning Tea/Trade Time/Networking                                                                  Lobby Area
11.00 - 12.30pm Session 3     Concurrent Workshops
A.    Understanding Children’s Learning Kerrie Maguire Ballroom 3
B.    NSW Department of Education Forum

Tracy Mackey

Shellye Hanson

Nancy Chang

Ballroom 2
C.    Building Collaborative Partnerships with CALD Families Nisrine El-Choueifati Hordern Room 1
D.    Technology as a Tool in Road Safety Education Amanda Menzies Hordern Boardroom
E.     I am a big kid now! - Working with School Age Children Robyn Monro Miller Hordern Room 2
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch/Trade Time/Networking                                              Sphere Restaurant/Lobby Area
1.30 - 3.00pm Session 4     Concurrent Workshops
A.    Learning Circle - Let’s talk about Programming Kerrie Maguire Ballroom 3
B.    Writing Effective Submissions and Grant Applications Michele Carnegie Horden Room 1
C     The Secrets to Working Successfully with your Management Committee Pauline O’Kane Hordern Boardroom
D.    Growing Healthy Minds in Early Childhood Judy Kynaston Ballroom 2
E.     Putting the You in Unique! Make your Mobile service indispensable Bec Lloyd Hordern Room 2
3.00 - 3.30pm Afternoon Tea                                                                                                      Lobby Area
3.30 - 4.30pm Review of Mobile Meet and where to next:  Key Mobile Children’s Service Recommendations and Conclusion Ballroom 2|3
6.00 – 6.30pm Pre-dinner Drinks (please be seated by 6.45pm) Space Venue
at Shark Hotel

Meet Special Guest, Megan Mitchell, and Gala Dinner

Dress‑up Theme: “What have you got in your dress up box?”

Download the Program for easy printing



pdfTo download a copy of the Membership Benefits please click here

pdf2019 - 2020 Membership Forms - Click Here!


One or more Mobile Service Project $150

Community Representative Membership $5. To apply for a Community Representative Membership please contact MCSA for further information.





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Peer Support resources developed by MCSA and Contact Inc. for the NSW Department of Education Sector Development Program.




Mobile Preschool Peer Support Sessions 

Intensive Peer Support sessions were delivered in 2016. These sessions were free for all mobile preschools. This series was a collaboration effort between MCSA and Contact Inc. and funded by the Department of Education as part of the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector Development Program.


The goal of the Peer Support series was to engage in a guided professional conversation around key topics, share and address concerns as a group and build capacity together. 


All resources developed for the series are available on our website under the Publications Tab.



The following sessions were presented during the series.


Unlocking Your Service Story - Communicating Your Professional Confidence

Presented by Bec Lloyd, Bec and Call Communications for Education

This session encouraged mobile preschools to identify their sense of professional confidence and to demonstrate it in ways that will help build trust and value in communities. The key elements were discussed in a Unique Value Proposition, which is a clear statement that explains why your service is relevant, delivers specific benefits and is different from other services. Participants had the opportunity to trouble shoot and share ways to communicate the magic of mobile preschools.



Grant and Tender Writing 101

Presented by Michele Carnegie, Contact Inc.

This Peer Support session provided information on gaining a clear understanding of the current funding environment, information needed to be "grant ready", including how to apply your Unique Value Proposition, where to find grants and how start writing. Participants had the opportunity to share their experiences, barriers and successes and start a peer led conversation about gaining additional funds for their mobile preschool service.



Reach a Little Further

Building on Inclusion Strategies in a mobile setting (Part 1)

Presented by Kerrie Maguire, Contact Inc.

Involvement in high quality early childhood education can mitigate some of the negative impacts that disadvantage can have on children. Family's experiences of social isolation can impact negatively on their child's development. Supporting families to connect within their community is therefore also supporting children to reach their developmental milestones. Mobile preschools are in a strong position to support these children and have a positive long-term impact on their lives. This session looked at case studies, starting discussions around reflective questions and supported goal setting as a result of enthusiastic discussion around this integral topic.



Reach a Little Further

Building on Inclusion Strategies in a mobile session (Part 2)
Presented by Kerrie Maguire, Contact Inc.

Mobile preschools are in a strong position to support disadvantaged children and families and have a positive long-term impact on their lives. This session continued the conversation, looked at case studies, reflective questions and supported goal setting as a result of healthy discussion around this integral topic.




Due to the vast distances mobilers are located across NSW, the series was conducted via webinar. Webinars are live sessions attended online. It enabled a group to interact and share common experiences in real time with fellow mobilers and the presenters. Material resources were provided to services throughout the series based on the topics. 




Our Annual General Meeting has been rescheduled for the 24th April at a time to be confirmed, via the Zoom meeting platform. Please read The agendaThe Annual Report and 2018 Draft Minutes before the meeting.


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