Green Bay Kids Own began in 1997 with 8 children and two staff members.
Over the years we have grown to over 120 children and 11 staff.
We are OSCAR approved and offer WINZ subsidies to qualifying families.
Being OSCAR approved means we follow certain procedures when selecting staff, providing training, creating policies and running the day-to-day programme. Each and every decision is designed to make sure that both the children and staff are safe, and that children have meaningful opportunities to learn new things, be challenged and have fun.
We are mostly a screen-free programme, after conducting a parent survey, where the overwhelming response was for children not to have screen time while in our care. (The only exception occurs in our holiday programme when we have a movie day on the big screen). Our screen-free policy gives the children time and space for active outdoor play, for interacting with other children and staff, and for making crafts or playing indoor games.
Our programme emphasises choice. Our staff (with a ratio of one staff to every ten children at the very most) run a variety of activities like crafts and group games. These are open to all children, and we encourage children to choose the activities they enjoy, but this is always on an opt-in basis.
Meet our staff:
Julie - Owner and manager
Julie has many years of experience working with children and their families.
Beth - Second in charge
Beth is a primary teacher, who is also the mum of three teenagers.
Kendall - Supervisor
Kendall is currently studying to be a teacher, and has previous experience working in out of school care.
Bee Lang - Supervisor
Bee Lang has worked at GBKO since 2012, and has a long career in working with children.
Brianna - Supervisor in training
Brianna is a university student, who has been working at GBKO since she was a high school pupil.
Sapphire - Supervisor in training
Sapphire has experience working at an early childhood centre before joining GBKO.
Sammy - Junior Supervisor
Sammy is a university student.
Harrison - Junior Assistant
Harrison is a high school student.
Katie-Rose - Junior assistant
Katie-Rose is a high school student
Jono - Junior assistant
Jono is a high school student
We operate out of Green Bay School hall
Term one 2022
3 February to
Term two 2022
2 May to 8 July
(Teacher only day Tues 7 June)
Term three 2022
25 July to 30 September
Term four 2022
17 October to 15 December
(teacher only day Mon 14th Nov)