School holiday program

Our school holiday program is a fun, inclusive, supportive and flexible program for children attending primary school (or are in the early years area of a specialist school) aged 5 to 12 years.

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A range of activities and experiences are on offer everyday that build upon your child’s skills, knowledge and understanding, as well as their curiosity and imagination.

Professional and qualified staff are on hand to help children build their cooperation skills, respect and independence, all the while ensuring they enjoy their holidays in a safe, fun and welcoming environment.

Children attending specialist schools, aged 5 to 12 years, can also access the program.  Simply call the School Holiday Program Administration to discuss the suitability of the program for your child’s additional needs.

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Program activities

The program is flexible catering to the needs and interests of the children attending therefore a variety of activities are on offer everyday.

Some activities include:

  • Art and craft

  • Sports

  • Cooking

  • Dramatic play

  • Science experiments

  • Free time for children to chose their own activities

We have a lot of community involvement, along with a variety of excursion opportunities.

Activities are planned based on discussions with children and families. Staff use critical reflections and evaluations to assist with future planning.  Building upon what children already know and initionally teaching them skills they don't is key to program planning.  Programming is specifically based around the learning outcomes, practices and principles outlined in the National Quality Framework.


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Staff to child ratios

All programs abide by children's services regulations with a ratio of 1 staff : 15 children with always a minimum of 2 staff present at the service/venue.

There is one certified supervisor on duty at all times.

Extra staff are also rostered to ensure the inclusion of children with additional needs. We do not offer 1:1 support. The program may not be suitable for all children with additional needs. Please call to check the program's suitability for your child.

On excursions to maintain our supervision standards we promote a ratio of 1 staff: 10 children and 1 staff: 5 children when participating in water activities.

During routine excursions we promote a 1 staff : 12 children ratio.


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What to bring 

You should pack your child's bag as you would any other school day with:

  • Morning tea, lunch and any other snacks you feel they may need to maintain their energy levels for the day. Please remember the days are longer than regular schools days and the children are often active the whole time, so please pack more food than usual. We cannot provide cutlery.

  • A refillable water bottle

  • A sun smart hat (legionaire, bucket or brad rimmed hat)

  • Art smock

  • Covered toe shoes such as runners

  • Sunsmart clothing - no thongs or singlets please

Your child should wear comfy, durable, sunsmart clothing.


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Program locations

You can find a School Holiday Program at:

North Shore School Holiday Club
Short Code L7

Northern Bay College
Tallis Street Campus
(formally North Shore Primary School)

Newtown School Holiday Club
Short Code L2

Fyans Park Primary School
Cook Street

Belmont School Holiday Club
Short Code L1

Barwon Valley Activity Centre
Barwon Heads Road

Ocean Grove School Holiday Club  
Short Code L0

New venue!

Boorai Children's Centre Integrated Children's Centre Shell Rd, Ocean Grove

Leopold School Holiday Club
Short Code L3

Leopold Primary
LINC
Kensington Road

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Program operating hours

The program operates from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday for:

  • 2 weeks during term 1, 2 and 3 holidays
  • 2 - 4 weeks of the term 4 Summer holidays

depending upon the venue and staffing availability. 

Due to operating from Borrai Ocean Grove Integrated Centre, the Ocean Grove School Holiday Program will open 7am - 6pm Monday to Friday during operating times.  We do not operate on public holidays or pupil free days.

 

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Program fees

The cost is $52.00 per child per day minus Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR).  Your CCR entitlements will depend on how you nominated to receive your payments.  Please contact Centrelink to have your CCR paid to your service. Excursions/incursions incur an additional fee.

Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the Child Care Rebate (CCR) are administered by the Family Assistance Office (FAO).  The FAO is responsible for payment of CCB and CCR across all Australian approved service types (Family Day Care, Centre Based Care, Vacation Care, Before and After School Care Programs). 

The Child Care Rebate pays up to 50% of out of pocket expenses for child care up to an annual cap.  From July 2011, families can choose to receive the CCR on a fortnightly basis, paid either to their child care service as a fee reduction or directly to their bank account.

To be eligible for CCR, families must have used approved child care; and received CCB; and passed the CCB work / training / study test requirements. 

For more information please visit the Child Care Rebate page.

To find out your CCB entitlements please contact the Family Assistance Office (FAO) on 136 150. The FAO can assist you to register and link all children in order to receive CCB.

Registering for CCB is a one-off process.  Please insure your details are current and up to date with Centrelink. This may affect your percentage entitlements. School Holiday Program takes no responsibility for costs charged if you have not maintained current details with Centrelink. 

For more information please visit the Family Assistance website.

Excursion days incur an extra cost. CCB is only applicable to the daily charge.


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Payment options

School Holiday Program payments a can be made at any Customer Service Centre.

Alternatively credit card payments can also be taken over the phone by calling Customer Service on 03 5272 4741.

All fees are due within seven (7) days of receiving your invoice.  All booked days must be paid for.  If incorrect CRNs are provided at the time of invoicing, parents/guardians have 28 days to forward accurate details to the SHP administration or full fees are required to be paid.


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Bookings Changes

Bookings can be altered free of charge up until the date stipulated on the program guide. The cancellation date is stipulated on the program guide.  After this date we operate on a booked care system and all days that are booked must be paid for. 

Please check the cancellation date carefully.

All cancellations must be made in writing to the School Holiday Program administration staff. Please email us as soon as possible.

Non payment does not equate to a cancellation. Medical evidence may be requested if hospitalisation is the reason for a cancellation. Illness to parents or change of work plans is not accepted. 

Please review our cancellation policy for further details (located in the Information for Parents section of the current Program Guide).


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National Quality Framework

The program is fully licenced and from January 2012 has transitioned into the new National Quality Framework. 

Our programs have been assessed at rated at the following levels:

Our Newtown School Holiday Club has been assessed and rated at Meeting the National Standard.

Our Belmont School Holiday Club has been assessed and rated at Exceeding the National Standard. 

Our Leopold School Holiday Club has been assessed and rated at Exceeding the National Standard.

Ocean Grove School Holiday Programs is due to be assessed and rated in June 2014.

North Shore School Holiday Program is being assessed and rated in July 2014.

You can compare programs on the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website.

Our program planning is developed around the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.

School age children experience learning in a wide range of settings. Family, school and the community (including school age care setting / OSHC) provide diverse opportunities for children to explore relationships and ideas, and build competence and skills.

The diversity in family and community life means that school age children experience belonging, being and becoming in many different ways. They bring their diverse experiences, perspectives, expectations, knowledge and skills to their learning.

View more about the National Quality Framework and the National Quality Agenda.

 

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Rebates

Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the Child Care Rebate (CCR) are administered by the Family Assistance Office (FAO).

The FAO is responsible for payment of CCB and CCR across all Australian approved service types (family day care, centre based care, vacation care, before/after school care programs).

The Child Care Rebate pays up to 50% of out of pocket expense for child care up to an annual cap. Since July 2011, families have been able to choose to receive the CCR on a fortnightly basis, paid either to their child care service as a fee reduction or directly to their bank account.

To be eligible for CCR, families must have used approved child care; and received CCB; and passed the CCB work / training / study test requirements.

In order to claim CCB you will need to contact the FAO. Registering for CCB is a one-off process. The FAO can be contacted on 136150 and further information can be found on the FAO website.


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Need to know more ...

Download our Program guideemail the School Holiday Program Administration or call 03 5272 4741.


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