Currambena – Out of School Hours Service

Currambena is an independent, democratic school based on the North Shore of Sydney that offers truly child-centred education for both pre and primary school children. Our before and after school care programme holds the philosophy of Currambena at it’s core and offers the children a time to be themselves in and environment they know and love.


The Blue Umbrella is a parent-run, not-for-profit Out Of School Hours service established in 2016 and run in the beautiful grounds of Currambena Pre-school and Primary. We offer before and after school care as well as vacation care to the families of the school and to those in the wider community.

We have a license limit of 30 children in each session and an age range of 3 years old upwards, this means we are just like a big family. Many of the staff are parents of school children so the philosophy of Currambena is easily applied to the OOSH care. We have a strong belief that the time is not an extension of the school day but that the children are absolutely free to do whatever their imaginations desire.

We have a dedicated space within St Elmo’s building equipped with a small library and reading corner, enough craft supplies to satisfy the most creative of makers, a kitchen and music room, but our biggest resource is the glorious, natural environments within the grounds that allow the children’s curiosity and imagination to run wild and their spirits to soar.



Before school care runs from 7.30am-9am, includes breakfast of cereals, toast, fruit (occasionally pancakes or omelettes depending on how the chickens are laying : ) )

After school care runs from 3pm-6.30pm, includes fruit offered from 3pm and afternoon tea at 4pm (colloquially known as ‘bread time’, see menu below)

Vacation care and pupil-free days are from 8am-6pm and include morning tea and afternoon tea


‘Bread time’ Menu

A maximum of 3 pieces from the following;

Cruskit, corn thin, wholemeal bread or gluten free bread

with topping choices of;

Butter, dairy free spread, honey, yeast extract, jam, and/or cheese.

(limit of one serving of sweet spread and one serving of cheese)

Fee structure

Before School Care
7:30am – 9am
(Breakfast provided)
After School Care
3pm – 6:30pm
(Breakfast provided)

Permanent Preschool: $18
Permanent Primary: $15

Casual Preschool: $20
Casual Primary: $18

Permanent Preschool: $30
Permanent Primary: $28

Casual Preschool: $35
Casual Primary: $30

Vacation Care or Pupil Free Days, 8am – 6am*
(Morning fruit and afternoon tea provided)

Full Day Preschool: $83
Half Day Preschool: $45
Full Day Primary: $73
Half Day Primary: $40

Casual / Walk-in
Full Day Preschool: $85
Half Day Preschool: $48
Full Day Primary: $80
Half Day Primary: $45

* An activity surcharge may apply to certain days.



To make an enquiry about The Blue Umbrella or to request an enrolment form please email us directly at