Outside School Hours Care


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OSHC | BOOKINGS AND ENROLMENT | FAMILY RESOURCES

 

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Westgarth Primary Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) commenced in 1988 and is operated by School Council. We offer safe, enjoyable childcare for children who attend Westgarth Primary School and are enrolled in the OSHC service. We provide an education and leisure program that supports children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs. 

 

Westgarth Primary OSHC runs from the Clarke street site and is licensed for 180 children. The service is a Commonwealth approved, not-for-profit service which operates in accordance with The Education & Care Services National Regulations 2011. 

 

The service was last rated Meeting Quality Standards by the Department of Education in 2022.

 

Program

Westgarth OSHC pride ourselves on our rich, immersive program that is responsive to the children’s needs and interests. Each morning and afternoon the children have access to craft activities and organised games, as well as self directed play opportunities. We have a variety of clubs on offer each afternoon, that rotate from term to term. The clubs offer active, imaginative and creative experiences and build on children’s abilities, interests, prosocial and emotional development.

 

Philosophy

Westgarth Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) is committed to providing high quality care for families in the Westgarth Primary School community. We are guided by the principles and practices of the My Time, Our Place framework and the National Quality Standards. We are dedicated to ongoing improvement and strive for best practice in all areas of our work.

Our practice is underpinned by the health, safety, wellbeing, rights and best outcomes of the children in our care. 

 

We strive to provide a rich, educational, leisure based program, in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment, where children are included, engaged, and encouraged to participate and contribute without discrimination or bias. 

We provide a program that promotes active, imaginative, and creative play, and supports children’s prosocial and emotional development. 

Our program is designed to extend children’s learning and interests, as well as provide opportunities they may not be exposed to elsewhere.

 

We value and celebrate the diversity of all children, families, and educators, and aim to foster a sense of belonging to everyone in our community. We endeavour to provide an inclusive physical environment that supports the individual needs of everyone in our community.

We work towards developing and maintaining strong relationships with children, and collaborative partnerships with our community, and acknowledge families as the first educators of children.

We value our educator’s skill, knowledge and the experience that they bring to our program. We collaborate with teachers, school staff and support professionals to maintain a holistic approach to our practice.

 

        

Operating hours

Before Care - 7:30am - 8:45am

Schedule:

7:30-8:30: Breakfast, organised activities, self directed play

8:30: Pack up time, group game

8:45: Prep, Grade 1 and 2 delivered to class

 

After Care - 3:30pm - 5:50pm

Schedule:

3:30: Prep, Grade 1 and 2 collection from class

3:30-4:00: Travel to Clarke street, food

4:00-5:00: Organised activities, self directed play

5:15: Pack up and circle time

5:30: Goodbye to educators, 2nd snack and group game

5:50: Service closed

 

Curriculum Day Care operates between 7:30am and 5:50pm on school Curriculum days. Special activities are planned throughout the day, and breakfast and afternoon snacks are provided. Morning snacks and lunch are to be provided by families.

 

School poliday programs are provided by multiple services in the surrounding area.

 

Fees

Before School Care  
Casual booking $18.00
Permanent booking $16.00
   
After School Care  
Casual booking $26.00
Permanent booking $24.00
   
Curriculum Day  
Flat rate
$60.00
   
Late Pickup $2.50 per minute, per child

 

Childcare Subsidy (CCS) is available through the Commonwealth Government by providing child and carer CRN details when enrolling.

 

Location

OSHC is located on the Clarke st site, near the the Gym.

 

 

Management and Staffing

The service is provided and managed by the School Council with recommendations from an OSHC subcommittee. The subcommittee operates under the auspices of the School Council and is accountable to the School Council.

The OSHC subcommittee consists of the program Coordinator, School Council representatives and interested parents/carers whose children attend the program. The subcommittee meets regularly to discuss development of policies, quality assurance, staffing, maintenance and financial management. Recommendations are then taken to School Council. Parents/carers are invited to join the OSHC sub-committee. Please contact the Coordinator to express your interest.

 

Westgarth OSHC employs a number of Educators with diverse skills, knowledge, and talents that they bring to the service. All educators are either qualified or working towards a relevant qualification in children's education and care.

 

Ben Mason - OSHC Coordinator

Nathan Skinner - Assistant Coordinator

 

Westgarth OSH Contact

Ph: 9482 3323
PO Box 59, Northcote 3070
Email: oshc.westgarth.ps@education.vic.gov.au

 

Westgarth OSHC Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5.50pm

Friday 2pm to 5.50pm