Great Beginnings Gymea

About Us

Welcome to Great Beginnings Gymea.

We are a small 36 place centre in the heart of Gymea. Our centre operated between 7.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday. We are open all year, only closing on Public Holidays.

Our daily fees include many items such as nappies (Baby Love or Huggies), Nutritious Meals from breakfast – dinner. (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Late Snack & Dinner). These meals are prepared on site by our Chef Jason who holds a Certificate II in Commercial Cookery. Jason prides himself on making delicious, nutritious meals for the children in a safe and well maintained kitchen.

We also have a strong school readiness program which has been devised by university qualified early childhood teachers. To support this program we also have a strong partnership with our local primary school, which we visit at least once a term to familiarise the Pre-school children with a structured learning environment.

We enjoy many excursions such as Coles, to learn about ‘sometimes’ and ‘always’ foods. To the local library, for access to wider range of stories and the local park which provides the children with a large space full of natural resources. We also have a music program once a week which is included in fees and an extra-curricular sports program at Miranda Park twice a week.

We believe respect for each child and their family is paramount and is expressed through listening, observing, and interacting with families. We recognize that the family is the child’s first and most important teacher. Parents are viewed as partners, collaborators, and advocates for their children. We involve and invite parents into every aspect of the curriculum. We embrace cultural diversity, respecting family’s diverse values, beliefs, cultural backgrounds, traditions, life experiences and knowledge.

Our indoor and outdoor set-ups encourage the children to explore and wonder about their environment, learning about new things and extending on their curiosity within their environment demonstrating a sense of Being, Belonging and Becoming.

 

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.

 

Centre Manager profile

Meet our Centre Manager – Jaclyn Pringle

I started working in early childhood education at the age of 17 completing my Certificate III through a traineeship; prior to this, I completed a TVET course Certificate II through my senior years of high school. Since then I’ve completed my Diploma and started a Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five years) which I have nearly completed. I have always loved children and watching them develop and learn – it’s amazing how quickly they learn.

I am most passionate about ensuring all children feel included in daily practices and should have a voice in their environment. I strive to create an engaging team who takes pride in their work, constantly teaching and supporting the team in all areas.

Our centre is a wonderful 36 place centre, smaller ratios allow for our team to really get to know a child holistically. Our centre provides great learning opportunities for children of all ages – the nursey even has its own yard. Our centre also provides five meals a day which are cooked by our cook Sharon; we also offer healthy snacks during the day and our menu is also ‘Munch N Move’ approved. Our team of educators pride themselves in being polite, happy, passionate, nurturing, engaging and professional.

 

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Facilities

Rooms

Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

Caterpillar Room

Butterfly Room

Dragonfly Room

0 – 2 years

2 – 3 years

3 – 5 years

Facilities

Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies included
  • Breakfast from 7.30am
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner from 5pm
  • Sustainability program
  • Veggie garden
  • On-site parking
  • Music program
  • In-house cook
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Large, natural play environments
  • Water play area
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Government Approved Kindergarten program
  • Sports program
  • School Readiness Program
  • Ready, Steady, Go Kids Incursions
  • Regular excursions
  • Access to small bus for longer excursions

Testimonials

Reviews and Testimonials

See what some of our parents say about our centre:

 

“Great Beginnings at Gymea has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for our daughter. Every educator is patient, caring and understanding of the children’s needs. Their communication, daily activities, education programs and sporting initiatives are outstanding. Highly recommended!”

– John

 

“Such a beautiful and welcoming centre. My daughter has been going just before her first birthday and has built such amazing relationships with all the educators that are apart of the team. They are loving and caring and couldn’t imagine her going anywhere else! The centre is always clean and the menu is awesome as they have a qualified chef preparing all the meals 🙂 highly recommend!”

– Emma

 

“Amazing small clean centre with lovely educators, And they provide 5 meals a day and nappies!!! Highly recommend.”

– Ellen

 

“Staff are extremely caring and supportive – they always put the welfare of the children first.”

– Mark

 

“Cannot recommend highly enough. A beautiful little centre with extremely caring and nurturing educators. They have worked very closely with my daughter (who has her own set of development challenges) and have helped her to grow intellectually and socially in leaps and bounds. We are very lucky to have found such a great home away from home for our little girl and plan on sending our son there next year. the children are always laughing and smiling and clearly enjoy their time there. Such beautiful bonds between the children, and the children and the carers is evident for all to see. With such nurturing, and dedicated carers who go above and beyond their call of duty, and top facilities, you can not go wrong with this wonderful centre.”

– Jessica

 

“I’ve been at the centre for 6 years with both my daughters. They have loved every second of every day. The educators have gone above and beyond with caring for my daughters, I would highly recommend.”

– Kylie

 

“This Centre is amazing! You can sense the love and care that the educators have for all the kids the minute you walk in. It’s a clean, well organized and happy place. Highly recommend it!”

– Karen

 

“John joined Great Beginnings at the age of 7 months in the Caterpillar room. From his first week he’s felt comfortable and loved by the wonderful educators. We love the small numbers in the baby room and are very impressed with the personalised care he receives each day. John has had such a good start to his ‘Great Beginnings’ adventure, and we couldn’t be more thankful for everyone looking after him so well.”

– Iris

 

“We have had our daughter attend this centre in the 0-2 room and we couldn’t be happier with the centre and staff, they are so caring and lovely. The services offered are great and they go above and beyond in looking after and trying to educate all the children. Our daughter gets so excited when we pull up out the front and she realises where she is going. She claps and cheers ready for another day at day care. It’s obvious she loves it and that in itself is a testament to the staff and whole centre. I’m relaxed knowing that she feels happy and secure there. We would recommend this day care centre to everyone.”

– Elise

 

“Great Beginnings is the second day care my son has attended and we couldn’t be happier to have him there. He was welcomed with open arms & absolutely loves going. The carers put so much effort into different learning activities there is always so much going on & he’s learnt so much.”

– Rachel

 

“I moved my 2 year old son from a larger centre where he was constantly crying, not eating or sleeping to Great Beginnings about 4 months ago and have seen a massive improvement in him, when I leave he is happy when I collect him he is happy, the girls there are amazing and he loves going to school. The smaller ratios I believe are great for the kids and I would highly recommend this centre for any parent.”

– Michelle

 

“As a working mother, it’s extremely important to feel comfortable with the people and surroundings in which I leave my son for the greater part of the working day. From the very start, I felt comfortable as the centre is a welcoming place, not just for the children who attend, but for the whole family. No one is too busy to stop for a quick chat about how your child’s day has been. Great Beginnings make learning fun, and provide a caring and nurturing environment.”

– Taya

 

I have two kids currently at Great Beginnings, one in the 3-5 room, one in the 2-3 room and a third on the way to be in the 0-2 room. All carers are friendly, caring and supporting of child/ren needs. Communication is great and staff are professional. A+ rating”

– Justine

 

“The care and concern for the children is absolutely incredible & the carers are impressive educators. The children are exposed to so many fantastic daily activities and their learning journey is so well structured. In particular the carers Laura & Monique, they are both so attentive to the children and their nurturing natures really compliment the children’s learning journeys. A credit to Great Beginnings. Also Sophie who managed the centre so well for the last year, always keeping in contact with parents and was incredibly efficient with communication. Thank you for providing a wonderful framework for my children to develop & the hiring of a great group of educators.”

– Alison D

 

My daughter thoroughly enjoys her days at Great Beginnings Gymea. She comes home with a massive smile, happy pictures of her adventures and learns a great deal. The staff are lovely and very caring. Highly recommend this lovely cottage.”

– Lauren

 

My daughter has attended this facility since age 10 months and is now in the 2-3’s room. The staff are wonderful the rooms are very well kept and clean with so much on offer for the kids. Food is great. Well worth the money.”

– Lisa

 

My son has attended this facility now for over 2 years and I’m incredibly satisfied with the level of care. The carers go above and beyond to ensure the children are given the best care possible and have a genuine interest in the children and their parents. Highly recommend this centre based on the facilities and the level of care. Each child receives a journal every 6 months outlining progress and photos of their time at the centre. A really personal touch for us working parents.”

– Alison

Enquire Online

We’d love to welcome you to one of our Great Beginnings centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Great Beginnings Gymea, 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.