The purpose of the OSHC program is to
- provide affordable, reliable and high quality out of hours care for students of Eltham North Primary School, reflecting the needs of our school community
- operate programs in a safe, caring and well supervised environment appropriate for primary aged students
- offer students a broad range of stimulating and enjoyable activities as well as a place to read, study, relax or play
BSC – Students are served food such as nutritional cereals, toast, various spreads and drinks. This facility, known as the Breakfast Club, is available until 8.15 am.
ASC – Students are served food such as sandwiches, biscuits, fruit and drinks. This is served as soon as they arrive.
CDC - Curriculum Days – The students are to provide their snacks for morning and afternoon, and lunch. Breakfast Club will operate as usual.
If your child has special needs, or there is food and drinks they cannot have, please provide details on enrolment and notify the co-ordinator.
A registration fee, which covers all services, is $8.00 per child per year. A completed online Registration Form must be lodged for each student prior to him or her being accepted into care – . A large proportion of the bookings are permanent, however casual bookings are welcome.
INDOOR & OUTDOOR
A wide variety of craft activities are offered each week. Some are provided on a regular basis eg. hama beads, painting, and clay. Other activities are offered as special experiences, which relate to a particular time of year, or need, or interest of the students such as cooking, sewing, puppets and stuffed animals. Quieter activities are offered including construction, puzzles, reading, group games etc. An area is available for students to complete homework. Students are encouraged to make their own choices for experiences, and they offer the students any help and encouragement they require.
A variety of outdoor activities are available each day including skipping, tennis, basketball and cricket etc. A staff member is rostered outdoors every day.
The Out of School Hours Care program operated by Eltham North Primary School includes:
- Before School Care (BSC)
- After School Care (ASC)
- Curriculum Day Care (CDC) - Pupil Free Days
- Vacation Care during School holidays
Parents using these programs have access to fee subsidy. The OSHC Management team is accountable to the Eltham North Primary School Council for determining such aspects of the program as its function, staffing, financial arrangements and the type of programs offered. Project team meetings are held once a month and welcome the involvement of any parents using the program. The team consists of:
An Annual General Meeting is held at the time of the School Council Annual General Meeting (currently late March) when a team is elected.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Staff must be notified in writing of any medications to be taken during the session times or of any known food allergies. Students are supervised by a staff member in the outdoor areas as well as in the OSHC rooms. All injuries are recorded in the ‘Accident/Illness Book’ which is to be signed by parent/guardian of injured child.
The OSHC team and staff welcome regular communication with parents regarding their child’s needs and will endeavour to keep parents informed about the program through “Out of School Hours Care Update” published regularly in the weekly school newsletter.
Fees are paid to the Coordinator on a daily basis for casual bookings or weekly for permanent bookings – Credit Card is available. If fees are not paid at the nominated time, after a two week grace period, the Co-ordinator shall discuss the matter with the parent(s) or guardian(s). If fees are still not paid within four weeks then parent(s) or guardian(s) will receive a written reminder for immediate payment. If fees are not paid immediately the child’s place in the program may be forfeited until full payment received.
Most families are able to access some form of fee relief through the Child Care Subisdy through Centrelink/My Gov account.
GOALS FOR STUDENTS
- to enjoy a stable environment that is inviting, comfortable, attractive for students, and a happy and exciting place to be.
- to access a wide variety of supervised play and recreational activities including expressive art, construction, active play, sports, games, dramatic play, science, cooking, crafts and reading.
- to participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate activities which assist the social, emotional, creative and physical development of primary school aged students.
- to be supervised by caring staff, who show genuine respect for the students and use a positive approach in relation to the guidance of student’s behaviour, recognising each child’s individuality, promoting their confidence and self-esteem.
- students are encouraged to develop co-operative and caring relationships with their peers and adults.
GOALS FOR PARENTS
- to enable parents/guardians to pursue work, study, training or other activities in the knowledge that their children are being well cared for in a safe and happy environment.
- to provide affordable care during times when students are not in school, including early dismissal and curriculum days.
- to provide two-way communication between parents and staff and to ensure that parents are well informed about the program and their student’s experiences.