Great Beginnings Oran Park offers an environment for children to explore, learn and grow, extend upon their own interests and ideas and develop lifelong learning skills. Our dedicated and passionate Educators aim to provide the highest quality education and care to assist each child in reaching their full potential by ensuring that all of our Educators are kept abreast of any professional development training to further enhance their skills and industry knowledge.
Our centre is open from 6:00am – 6:00pm 5 days a week and we offer nappies, nutritious meals – Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and a late snack. We cater for ages from 0 – 5 years and also offer a School Readiness program and our educators are qualified with a Bachelor, Diploma, Cert 3 or studying their Diploma this giving each child the perfect opportunity to gain the most they can when having trained staff. Our centre is located in Laura Street, which is on the Corner of Peter Brock Drive and Central Avenue.
The team at Great Beginnings Oran Park encourage and promote our open door policy, and invite you to visit our service to find out more about the quality care that we have on offer.
Our childcare centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become school ready.
Samantha Di Pede
What is your name?
My name is Samantha Di Pede
How long have you been working in childcare?
I have been in the industry for the last 5 years. I started in OSHC and completed my Cert IV. I then became 2IC for my Director and enjoyed the role immensely, until making the move to Great Beginnings Oran Park as the Director.
What is your favourite part of working at the centre?
I enjoy building positive relationships with children, their families and the educators at Great Beginnings Oran Park. Not only do we provide a great learning foundation for the children in our care, but we are providing a service for parents who either work or just need a well deserved break to balance their lives. As a mum of 4 boys myself, I understand the need for parents to be able to do these things in the knowledge that their child is being cared for in a safe, friendly nurturing environment.
What qualifications do you hold?
I hold my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, First Aid and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management.
What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about providing children with the best start in life by ensuring they receive loving care, a safe environment, nutritious meals and a range of play-based learning and development opportunities.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
Nothing is impossible – the word itself says I’m possible – Audrey Hepburn
What is your philosophy about educating children?
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help children to meet the fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk taking and invites a sharing of ideas. There are 3 elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment. 1) the educator acting as a guide, 2) allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning and 3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
What message would you like to tell parents considering your centre?
Teaching is a lifelong learning process of learning about new philosophies and new strategies, learning from parents and community, learning from colleagues and especially learning from the children. Children have taught me to open my mind to the joys, the innocence and the diversity of ideas in the world. I can never forget how to smile with the new, cherish the old and laugh with the children…
I look forward for meeting all who come through Great Beginnings entrance and working cooperatively with you to provide an exciting, stimulating and educational environment for your children to grow and develop.
Our centre provides care for the following age groups:
|0 – 1 year
||1 – 2 years
||2 – 3 years
|2 – 3 years
||3 – 5 years
||3 – 5 years
- Nappies included
- Morning Tea
- Afternoon tea
- Swipe card security
- Petting zoo/animals
- Sustainable program
- Veggie garden
- On-site parking
- Dance program
- Music program
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard
- In-house cook
- Halal meal options
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Water Play area
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Government Approved Kindergarten program
- School Readiness program offered by qualified early childhood teachers
- Handpicked educators for their unique skills and passion
- Quality care provided
- Incursions for extra curricular activities provided
- Great resources
- Kindyhub – a parent communication app that connects families with their children’s progression, development and daily learning
The children have access to various incursion and excursions throughout the year, including: reptile shows, fire visits, vision screening and pathologist visits.
Reviews and Testimonials
See what our parents have to say about our centre:
“I just wanted to thank you for how amazing your staff were yesterday with welcoming my sons into your centre. Each and every staff member I saw, introduced themselves, asked my name and my children’s names which was just so lovely. The boys teachers asked about their routines and explained everything to me and not once did I feel like I was being a burden. The whole centre has such a warming and welcoming feeling and after such a big move from interstate for our family, it was very comforting knowing how safe I feel leaving my children at your service. Even as I was leaving the beautiful chef Debbie handed me a first day pack that I was not expecting and just added to how comfortable I felt leaving my boys. In the afternoon when my partner and I came to pick them up everyone greeted us both and also told us all about their day. So thank you again, I am very pleased we chose your amazing centre and just wanted to let you and your staff know they are doing a amazing job.”
“My son has attended Great Beginnings Oran Park for the last 10 months. I would like to thank all the staff for taking the time to get to know my son these past few months. As my wife and I head to work, we feel satisfied that he will have an amazing day each and every day. I feel that Rosana in the preschool room, has prepared him well for his transition to big school next year.”
“As a first time parent and needing a day care service for my son since the age of 6 months, it was essential that I found a place that was professional, welcoming, safe and a place where my son would develop and most importantly a place where he was happy. Great Beginnings Oran Park is all of the above and more. I am constantly amazed at all the new things he is learning. The educators are very engaged and committed to each and every child in their care and have always make a priority of helping my son reach milestones, big or small! I would highly recommend Great Beginnings Oran Park to anyone looking for a early education service.”
“My son has attended Great Beginnings Oran Park since February this year and it has been wonderful to see him be able to bond with caring and passionate educators. He thoroughly enjoys his days at the centre and can’t wait to see his friends and educators.”
“Selecting the right child care centre is a difficult decision to make, especially for a first time parent. GB Oran Park was definitely the best decision I made for me and my son. The staff are extremely warm, friendly and nurturing and I can go to work knowing that my son is being well looked after, both physically and emotionally. He is happy to be dropped off in the morning and is often having too much fun to want to come home! He also talks fondly of his teachers and friends and has fostered wonderful relationships with them, as have I! The centre is very modern and clean and well equipped for a variety of indoor and outdoor, educational and fun activities. My son is constantly learning new things and his individual interests are acknowledged and encouraged. Parental input is also taken into consideration and implemented into individual programs. There is also a fantastic variety of freshly prepared food. As a working parent, being able to log into the app and see photos of my son during the day is wonderful! I also love receiving the daily update emails and having the flexibility to book additional days or notify the centre of absences at any time with one click in the app.”
“Today, my 5 year old son, sang a song to me in 4 different languages which he learnt in the preschool room”
We’d love to welcome you to one of our Great Beginnings Childcare centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Great Beginnings Oran Park, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.
Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.