The group formed due to the need of child care for Aboriginal parents. An Aboriginal health worker identified the need and non Indigenous nurse who, during home visits saw that Aboriginal grandparents were caring for eight to ten grandchildren, as their parent’s were attending Thornlie T.A.F.E. Moorditch Gurlongga Association (MGA) was incorporated in November 1985. The first service provided to the Aboriginal community was MGA trading as Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre.

The centre was opened in April 1986 and was funded through mainstream child care funding. Within a year Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre then became funded under Budget Based Funding (BBF). With the purpose of the centre becoming multifunctional with children services, many programs were established.

Coolabaroo currently has over 50 staff and volunteers. We strive to have 70% Aboriginal staff, with knowledge of Aboriginal culture and Noongar language. Utilising these skills we incorporate Noongar language and teach the Koolangka (children) much of Aboriginal culture.

That is our promise to you as a valued customer.

Our children learn in a culturally rich and sensitive environment

that encourages education in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history, language and community.

Our Neighbourhood Centre offers a wide range of activities

that incorporate Noongar language and teach our Koolangka (children) much of the Aboriginal culture.

Long Day Care

Child care for 0 - 5 years provided by professional staff from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.


Out of school hours care is offered between 7:30am to 9am and 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Vacation Care

During the school holidays we provide full day care, morning, midday and afternoon sessions, between 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.


Our fun educational programs focus on learning through play and leisure so our childrens curiosty is challenged daily.

Homework Classes

Children are expected to complete homework as part of their learning program with assistance from qualified educators.

Bus Service

We offer a bus service within the city of Gosnells to transport the children to and from CNC as well as school pick-ups.

Check Child Care Availability

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Once logged into the MyFamily Lounge you can manage your current bookings by marking your child as absent, booking them in on a day that is showing as available, remove them from a pre-booked day and so much more.

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