Bilambil Community Preschool & OOSH 2014
Back: Herb Ellis, Bob Roulstone, Bert Miller, - Ellis, Len Afflick, Ray Miller, Ray Bourke Middle: Gladys Cecil, M hart, Bub Garratt, Vera Miller, T Boyce, Nola Hart, Bub Boyce, Joan Roulstone, Jean McDonald, Joyce Garratt, Dorothy O'Brien Front: Marie Hart, Don McDonald, Ted Roulstone, --, Laurence Pilgrim, Tom Pilgrim, --, Alfie Bourke, --, --, Ian McDonald, Nola Bourke, --.
Bilambil Primary School 1936
Bilambil Community Preschool was started out of necessity. Parents of young children believed that a local preschool was needed. It began in 1986 in the Bilambil Community Hall.
Bilambil Preschool was given a building fund, but there was no land available. Greenbank Preschool had Government funding for five days but only needed two days, therefore, Bilambil Preschool was given their extra three days. The Preschool was known as 'Bilambil Community Preschool - Greenbank Outreach'. For six years it operated in the hall packing and unpacking everything each day.
In 1991/2, when the new Bilambil Public School building was completed, the old school library was going to have to go. As it was coming close to the centenary of the school, a way of keeping it was to offer a lease to the Bilambil Preschool. The existing toilet block was immediately added on at a cost of $45,000 and the Bilambil Preschool became operational.
Our 2009 committee worked very hard to get the local council to provide safer parking facilities for the Preschool and, in the summer of 2010/2011, our new car park was completed.
In 2011 Bilambil Community Preschool increased its operation to five days a week. This helped to fill the desperate need for more quality Preschool care in the Bilambil, Terranora and West Tweed areas.
Until 2012, Bilambil OOSH was a separately run entity operating out of the same building during before and after school hours. In 2012, the two services merged to become Bilambil Community Preschool & OOSH Inc. Both services are run by the one Parent Management Committee, made up of parents from both services.
In 2012 new soft fall was installed under the play equipment and a permanent shade shelter put up. Our office extension was added giving us much needed storage and office space.
In 2014 we started incorporating the school's small rainforest into our program. It was an opportunity for children to explore and learn through their natural world and enhanced our focus on environmental sustainability.
In 2019, thanks to a Capital Works Grant from the NSW Government, extensions created an additional room and office, as well as upgraded toilet facilities.
If you have any photos or other information about the Preschool's evolution, we would love to hear about it. Contact our Director, Kris Robinson if you can help.