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Out of school hours care

​Our school community offers OSHC and Vacation Care for our school families. Both regular and casual care is available for children of school age who are registered and booked in to attend.  The OSHC Services are licensed and operated by the Executive of the West End State School Parents and Citizens Association.  We aim to provide care that, while meeting the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010, Regulations 2011, NQF, (National Quality Framework) and MY Time Our Place creates a unique service which reflects the diverse community of West End. 

You can register for OSHC and Vacation Care by phoning the OSHC office on 07 3844 4061, emailing wessoshc@bigpond.com, or coming to the centre situated on the veranda at the back of the school hall, overlooking the school oval. 

Hours of Operation   

Our service caters specifically for primary school-aged children including prep-aged children during these hours: 

         Before School Care (7 - 9 am) 

         After School Care (3 - 6 pm) 

         Vacation Care (7am - 6 pm) * 

         Pupil Free Days (7am - 6 pm) * 

Please note:  * We only operate during Vacation care and on Pupil Free days if we receive enough pre-bookings. 

Our Philosophy 

We accept each and every child as a unique individual. We have respect for each family’s needs and considerations. We aim to create a warm inviting environment that will nurture and support the children as they grow and develop.  Each and every child will be encouraged to develop socially, physically as well as emotionally through our age-appropriate, stimulating activities and environments. We aim to offer interesting programs which celebrate our cultural diversity and which promote gender equity. 

Fees

 The fee schedule for the service and further details can be found on the P&C website www.wesspandc.org.au or by contacting the P&C Office Manager on 07 3844 6225 or pandc@westendss.eq.edu.au.  

The Child Care Benefit Subsidy is available. Please register with Centrelink directly on phone 13 61 50. 

An enrolment bond (per child/family) is payable by all families at the time of enrolment. This bond is refundable upon termination of your child’s enrolment with the service, provided that:  

         2 weeks written notice is given 

         there are no outstanding fees 

Bookings 

Our service caters for casual users (when vacancies allow), as well as permanent bookings. Casual places are limited and are accepted only where we can maintain the correct staff: child ratios. Therefore, to avoid disappointment and ensure your placement, booking with at least 24 hours notice (during operating hours) is essential to allow us to make any necessary changes to our staffing arrangements. Vacation care is also available to children who attend other schools in our area. 

Extra-Curricular Activities at OHSC 

Children booked into OSHC and who have their parent/carer’s written permission to attend an extra-curricular activity held on the school grounds i.e. tennis, swimming club etc. are always supervised by an OSHC staff member to and from the designated activity. 

What is provided? 

All resources, crafts and activities (other than extra-curricular activities) are included in the fees. 

The Before School Care program provides a light, nutritious breakfast such as cereal, fruit and toast in the mornings. After breakfast, we run activities or do homework. 

After School Care provides healthy afternoon snacks such as sandwiches, wraps, fruit etc. in summer and hot dishes in winter. This is followed by a range of activities with a variety of crafts, many types of sport, movies, construction board games and much more.  Cooking is a great hit with the children. We also run an active sports program for 7 weeks each term where coaches from the community come in and teach our children different forms of sport. Naturally, homework is also an option. 

During Vacation Care, breakfast, morning and afternoon tea is provided, however lunch must be brought from home. Please be aware that we are a nut-free zone.  Our Vacation Care program is run during the school holidays and pupil free days. On these days we are open from 7am till 6pm. During Vacation Care, excursions or in-house entertainment are often undertaken (where numbers permit) at a small additional cost. All children attending on a day where there is a planned excursion or incursion are expected to participate, as no alternative care is provided for children who may not want to be involved.