Who We Are

Launched in 2016, Play Zone OOSHC aims to meet the needs of the families in our local community who either, work, study or have other commitments, by operating for days and hours that allow them to reasonably get to and from work or place of study.

We are licensed by the Department of Education and Community Services to care for up to 82 primary school aged children before and after school, and during school holidays.

Our Directors, Tiona Raad and Marie Perera, are highly involved in the local school and parish community, and bring a wealth of educational and childcare experience.

Our Centre

Play Zone OOSHC operates out of Thornton Hall, the Parish Hall on the grounds of St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, 7-17 Giddings Rd, Cronulla.

We have an open plan and spacious floor plan which enables the children to interact, play and learn. We have kitchen and bathroom facilities within the hall, all within the premises.

The centre is secure from both the street and school, and has plenty of available on-street parking at drop-off and pick-up times. We also operate a mini-bus to pick up children from St Francis de Sales and Our Lady of Fatima schools.

Our Team

Tiona Raad

Tiona is responsible for Policies and Procedures, and overall operation of Play Zone. An Assistant Principal with 17 years Primary school teaching experience, Tiona is also a parent of children attending St Aloysius Primary School. An active parishioner and former Catechist at St Aloysius Gonzaga Parish Cronulla, Tiona has excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with staff, families and parish/school members, and expert knowledge of behaviour management techniques.

Tiona is a recognised Authorised Supervisor for Department of Community Services Approved Child Care facilities since 2008.

Marie Perera

Marie is responsible for face to face care and supervision at Play Zone. Marie has held a Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services) since 2004, and has multiple certifications including Senior First Aid Certificate, Caring for kids – First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation and Basic Life Support Certificate. Marie has many years experience as a Childcare Group Leader.

Marie also has children attending St Aloysius Primary School, and is also an active parishioner at St Aloysius Gonzaga Parish Cronulla.

Mary Jane Murray

Mary Jane is responsible for face to face care and supervision of children at Play Zone. She possesses a Diploma of Child Care and recent, lengthy child care experience.

Mary Jane has a current first aid and CPR certificates, and has expert knowledge on effective practice and accreditation.

Anna Sammut

Anna also provides face to face care and supervision at Play Zone. She is currently studying a double degree in Psychology and Counseling at the University of Notre Dame Sydney.

Anna is also the youth minister at St Aloysius Cronulla Parish, and has worked as a teachers aide at St Francis De Sales Woolooware.

Our Families

At Play Zone OOSHC we have an “open door” policy. We welcome you to Play Zone during morning or afternoon sessions to share in the experiences your child is participating in.

We encourage you to raise any concerns you may have with any aspect of your child’s care immediately with the centre Director and sincerely appreciate your feedback. If you have a complaint you may also seek information from the Department of Education and Community Services on telephone number (02) 9205 1575.

We encourage regular and thorough discussion between parents and carers. We love to hear about what your child tells you that they enjoy at Play Zone or the stories they tell you about their stay at home. Our team appreciate and enjoy discussing individual children with their parents and will always make the time and effort to do so.

At all times, we welcome parent involvement as a natural extension of the home environment.

Our Philosophy

Play Zone OOSHC adheres to and maintains the requirements set out by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority [ACECQA] as stated in the National Quality Framework which includes the Learning Framework for Out of School Hours Care – My Time, Our Place [MTOP].

We provide a safe, healthy and play-based environment for children. We acknowledge diversity of culture, creed, race and gender. We are committed to providing an environment, including activities and experiences, which encourage ALL children to learn, extend their skills and have fun.

Our Educators aim to assist each child in their spiritual, intellectual, cultural, physical and social development, regardless of their background.

Our Goals at Play Zone are:

  • To support the learning outcomes of My Time, Our Place.
  • To provide a play/leisure-based, warm, safe, challenging and enriching environment in which all children feel they are unique and partake in ownership of the program.
  • To encourage children to treat each other, staff and visitors to the program in a respectful and friendly manner.
  • To contribute to the growth and development of each child in conjunction with the wider community.
  • To keep in mind the diversity of culture, creed, race and gender and treat all children with respect.