About Us

The Preschool

Gymea Community Preschool is a community-based organisation, this means:

  • It is non-profit and therefore all surplus income is re invested back to the Preschool for the maintenance and improvement of the Centre and for resources and provisions for the children.
  • It is owned and run by the community
In August 2012 we went through the newly introduced National Quality Assessment and Rating Process. This Assessment looks at 7 Quality Standard Areas:
  1. Educational Program and Practice
  2. Children’s Health and Safety
  3. Physical Environment
  4. Staffing Arrangements
  5. Relationships with Children
  6. Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities
  7. Leadership and Service Management

We proudly achieved an overall rating of:
“Exceeding National Quality Standards”

The Children

Currently, in accordance with current Government Policy :

  • "The Preschool must give priority of access to children in their final Preschool year". (Meaning children who turn 4 or 5 years old in the year of attendance.)
  • As well as to children who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
  • or those who have a Low Income Health Care Card.

The children are requested to bring:

  • a sheet and sheet bag
  • a wide brimmed OR bucket  hat
  • a drink
  • a healthy lunch and morning tea (Gymea Preschool is nut free)

There are three groups of twenty children attending the Preschool each day.

The Parents

The parents contribute to the Preschool through:

  • The Parent Social Committee
  • The Parent Roster
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Attending parent evenings
  • Assisting fundraising and attending meetings
  • Input into weekly programs, policies and procedures at the Preschool
  • Attending social functions
  • Working bees

The Board

The Preschool must have an Active 8 Member Board who oversee the Management of the Preschool. These positions are filled by parents who meet each month to discuss Preschool affair.

The Board is made up of:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Publicity Officer
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising Officer
  • OH & S
  • Secretary
  • Building, Gardening and Maintenance Officer

The Staff

High quality Early Childhood services are provided by high quality staff. It is for this reason that there is a strong focus on the professional development of the staff at the Preschool. All primary care giving staff have experience and qualifications relating to early childhood education.

The staff provide a program that recognises the individuality of all children. The teachers plan a variety of activities and experiences each day that are based on the children’s current interests and their developmental level. The staff and parents have the opportunity to discuss each child’s progress at an annual parent/teacher meeting.

The staff include University and TAFE Trained educators, Administration staff and a cleaner.