Out of School Hours Care


Brunswick North West Primary School’s Outside School Hours Care service provides a welcoming, fun and safe environment for children whose parents work, study or simply need a bit of child-free time. Our OSHC offers loads of opportunities for children to develop social, emotional, physical and creative skills through play and recreational activities.
The BNWPS OSHC service is rated Exceeding National Quality Standards.
Fun stuff for kids
What do you do? A choice of outdoor/indoor and active/passive activities is available to all children and the program for the week is displayed on the OSHC noticeboard. Opportunities to choose art & craft, reading, music, games and puzzles, sports & games, complete homework or just chill out and chat with friends are all available each day. Children may also choose between big and small group activities and individual pursuits. There are also several clubs that children show big interests in, such as:
- Bush Tucker (Cooking) Club
- Sewing Club
- Science Club
- Drama and Film Club
- Coding Club (from grade 3 onwards)
- Gardening Club
- Catch up and Research (Homework) Club 

What do you eat?
A wide range of nutritious and exciting foods are offered and menus vary daily. Breakfast is available at Before School Care (a variety of cereals, toast, porridge, fresh fruit) and in the afternoons the children enjoy selections from a seasonal fresh fruit and vegetable platter, before being offered an additional snack such as warm soup, cheese and dips, muffins, veggie curry pie, fried rice, etc. Allergies and special dietary needs are catered for. Water is available to drink at all times and children are encouraged to bring their own drink bottle.

Important stuff for parents
The service runs every day of the school term with extended hours to cover early dismissal on the last day of term. When there is sufficient interest the service will also open on Student Free Days.

Hours of Operation
Before School Care (BSC): 7.00am– 8:45am
After School Care (ASC): 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Enrolments
To enrol in the OSHC service each family needs to complete an enrolment form online through My Family Lounge App.

The enrolment form collects details of children and parents/carers, including: Centrelink reference numbers, parent and child dates of birth, emergency contacts and other people authorised to collect the children, details of allergies or medical conditions, custody details (if there are any), food preferences, and general interests etc. It is essential to provide all this information to adequately care for your child/ren as well as meet government requirements, so please allow yourself sufficient time to complete the forms.

Prep Orientation Program
In the first few weeks, Prep children and children attending After School Care for the first time, will be collected by a staff member from their classroom until they feel confident to make their own way to the OSHC. They will be shown around and a buddy will help them ease into the program and routines.

Bookings
Our service provides both casual and permanent bookings through an online system.  For emergency/late bookings families need to contact the OSHC mobile phone (0478 836264). If your child will not be attending a booked session, you must call to let us know. Note: Fees apply if children do not attend a booked session (please refer to fee policy for details).

Financial Assistance
Before a child starts using the OSHC service families should contact and notify Centrelink through myGov that their child will be attending an out of school hours care service and be assessed for CCS (Child Care Subsidy).  Even if your Prep child has previously attended a child care service, you must still need to confirm that they are now school-aged. Families may choose not to deal with Centrelink but full fees will apply.

Parent Involvement
OSHC is run by a sub-committee of the School Council comprising parents and staff. New committee members are welcomed each year. The OSHC committee meets twice a term, and parents are encouraged to attend.

Educators
All educators hold a current ‘Working with Children Check’, and police check and qualifications relevant to their position. Educators are trained in anaphylaxis management, and have current first aid training. Participation in professional development and training is strongly encouraged and each staff member contributes a unique set of interests and professional skills to the OSHC program.

Further information
Initial enquiries can be made at via email, in person or over the phone. For more detailed information please refer to the OSHC Parent Handbook, Policy & Procedures Manual and Children's Handbook available electronically:

Parent Handbook
Children's Handbook
 
To view OSHC Fees: Click here


OSHC mobile: 0478 836 264
Email: ohsc.brunswick.nw.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

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