Our Centre

We are a not-for-profit organisation, incorporated and run by an elected volunteer Management Committee of concerned, working parents. Our team of paid, experienced employees including a Centre Director, Joint Coordinators and qualified/experienced Educators take care of the day-to-day running of the centre.

Our centre is located in the grounds of Gymea Bay Public School. We provide before and after school care for up to 180 children, as well as pupil free day care and vacation care for up to 75 children.

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GBOOSH Leadership Team

Parent Management Committee

Parent Commitee

The Centre is run by an elected volunteer parent committee, who consist of:

  • Mark Badovinac – President/PMC
  • Alecia Brooks – Vice President
  • Craig Manwarring – Treasurer/PMC
  • Heather Vincin – Secretary
  • Taryn Fisher – Public Officer
  • Supported by 5 Ordinary Members

Annual Reports

Parent Meeting

A monthly parent meeting takes place at the Centre on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at 6:30pm both with attendees at the centre and some online participants.

We encourage all stakeholders to attend these meetings. Without this Committee there can be no centre. The centre has been incorporated in this way and cannot be run without the Management Committee. This allows families to play an active part in the way the service is run & maintain a community focus.

Please email the Management Committee at GBOOSH Committee for further details on membership and meeting dates.

Our Philosophy

At Gymea Bay Care and Leisure Centre we believe that play is an essential part of children’s lives. We believe that through play, children are able to make sense of their world as they actively engage with people, objects, ideas and the environment. As educators, we believe in fostering, enhancing and celebrating children’s play through collaboration, reflection and meaningful documentation.

We believe in creating a safe, stimulating, welcoming, friendly and fun environment where children, families and educators are treated with respect and where communication is positive, honest and open. We value the strong links between children, families, educators, the school and community in promoting a collaborative approach to our service provision.

We acknowledge and value diversity by respecting individual family practices, values, cultures, languages, traditions, additional needs and lifestyle choices. We endeavour to ensure that our programs reflect and include children’s cultures, identities, abilities, additional needs and strengths in order to foster positive outcomes, children’s feelings of self-worth and a sense of belonging for all children in our care.

Our educators are valued individually and collectively for their commitment to ongoing professional development, their experience and their skills, which support, inform and enrich decision making about children’s wellbeing and development. Our educators foster children’s independence and nurture their imagination, interests and abilities. As professionals we examine experiences in our setting and reflect on these experiences from different perspectives, continually seeking to increase our professional knowledge.

We are committed to providing children with opportunities and experiences to connect with the natural world and understand their place within it and our centre is committed to sound sustainable practices in all its operations.