In 1985, five parents with the Assistant Principal and the Randwick Council Children’s Welfare Officer to form a committee and discuss the establishment of an after school care centre to be based in Maroubra Junction Public School. Plans were made and a submission for funding sent to the Federal Government.
As no funding was forthcoming, the committee decided to start an after school care service in 1987 without any funding. Donations from the school were sought and received. The Parents and Citizens paid for all insurances in the first year. The space underneath the school library on the infants’ site was to be used. The centre was officially opened by the Mayor of Randwick on 6th April 1987.
The after school care service was funded in 1988 and the before school care service was established with no funding, eventually also being funded in 1991.
In 1989 vacation care programs began being provided in all the holiday periods. With numbers increasing, more staff were employed and it became apparent a larger site was required for the service. A purpose built demountable building was purchased and set up in the back of the school playground. This building was officially opened by the Premier of NSW on 24th November 2000.
When Maroubra Junction Public School began its renovation of the Primary site to make room for the school to be combined on one site, a new permanent building was arranged for the centre to move into. With fantastic new facilities and access to a new outdoor space and school hall the move was an exciting one. The latest building was officially opened on 1 November 2007 by Mr Peter Garrett, member for Kingsford Smith.
In May 2009, Maroubra Junction Before and After School and Vacation Care Centre was awarded an OOSHCA Award for Excellence in Inclusion of Children with Special Needs by Network of Community Activities, the peak body for Outside School Hours Care in NSW.
We continue to provide quality care for children in the community with support from the school and parent committee.