• Facebook Clean

© 2019  Bulimba State School P&C Association  |  Email Log in  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy |  Copyright

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

 

About OSHC

Bulimba Outside School Hours Care is a Business Unit of the Bulimba State School P&C Association that provides high quality before school care, after school care and holiday programs (including pupil free days) for Prep to Year 6 children. The program provides a wide variety of age appropriate activities in a safe, caring and friendly environment.

We are proud of the fact that our service is rated as Exceeding in all seven quality areas of the National Quality Standards. This is a formal assessment process that all OSHC services and childcare centres must undertake approximately every three years. It involves a Government Inspector observing the operations of the OSHC service over several days and providing a report of the quality of programming and practice, safety, the physical environment, staffing arrangements, relationships with children, community partnerships, leadership and service management. This currently ranks Bulimba OSHC in the top 3% of all OSHC services in Australia for quality. We value feedback or ideas, and these can be communicated to our team via email at oshcgeneral@bulimbass.eq.edu.au

 

We are currently licensed to care for 255 children.

 

The Service is managed by the P&C Executive.

Full updates on the service are presented at the monthly P&C General Meeting by the Business Services Manager.

 

Contact details

Phone: 3395 9622 (24 Hour Message Service).

The OSHC Office is staffed from 6.30am to 6pm but if you wish to speak to a Coordinator please phone between 9am-2.30pm when they are not working directly with child groups to avoid disruption to the program. E-mail: oshcgeneral@bulimbass.eq.edu.au

In Person: OSHC Office located under the main building (A Block)

Booking changes and cancellations must be made via the QK Enrol online login or via email. Please email oshcgeneral@bulimbass.eq.edu.au for more information and to receive an activation email and enrolment information.

 

Our Staff

Our Educators are trained annually in CPR and First Aid and must hold a Suitability (Blue) Card. They are also trained in Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management and undergo continual professional development in health and safety, child protection and behaviour management as well as training in fun programming ideas and setting up interactive play spaces. Our management team hold a variety of qualifications in Education and Care, along with many years of experience running OSHC services.

Many of our casual educators are currently studying to become child care professionals, teachers, nurses or occupational therapists.

 

* Business Services Manager – Sally Roebuck

* Coordinators – Eleanor Rolph, Katie Seguna and Ellen Reid

* Finance Manager – Sacha Guse

* Administration Officer - Allison Van Hilst

Opening Hours and Fees (current as at 29 January 2019)

* Subject to availability

# Excursions and incursions at an additional cost

 

Prices listed are before Child Care Subsidies (CCS).

To find out more about what subsidies you are entitled to, contact the Family Assistance Office on 136 150.

Prep children are escorted to their class rooms in the mornings and to the OSHC rooms in the afternoon. All other students are dismissed from OSHC care in time to commence classes for the day and walk to the OSHC areas after school to sign in. Parents/Guardians MUST sign in their children in the mornings and out in the afternoons.

 

A cooked breakfast is supplied to 8:00am and a main meal and seasonal fruit for afternoon tea. All food is provided during vacation care. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the weekly menu.

Other Important Contact Details

Office of Early Childhood Education & Care Info Service - Phone 3224 4225 or 1800 637 711

Australian Taxation Office - 13 28 61 for info on childcare Tax Rebate

Immunisation Register - 1800 653 809

Childcare Access Hotline - 1800 670 305

Family Assistance Office - 136 150

How can I pay my fees?

We have two methods of payment

1. direct debit from a bank, building society or credit union account OR

2. direct debit from Visa or MasterCard

A DebitSuccess direct debit request form must be completed and submitted with your enrolment form. For more details about the payment process please refer to the Document called “How the Billing Process Works” attached to your enrolment package. Please note if you choose to pay by credit card, an additional charge will be added to your bill by DebitSuccess. No additional fees apply if paying from your bank account. For this reason, we encourage you to pay via your bank account if possible.

When are fees due?

Fees are due weekly in arrears. A statement is issued to you via email each Monday showing fees owed for the prior week. Then each Thursday fees are processed to your selected bank account or credit card. A receipt of payment will be displayed on the following week’s statement.

FAQ's

What do the children do at OSHC?

We provide a wide variety of activities over a term, including special themed days, drama, sport, art and craft, science, cooking and much more. The program caters to children’s age, developmental needs, skills and interests, with a commitment of ensuring inclusion for children with additional needs.

  • We understand the importance of play, including spontaneous, child initiated play;

  • We allow quiet time to do homework and provide encouragement;

  • We actively seek input and feedback from educators, children and families and evaluate programs weekly;

  • Children will be provided with a choice of activities each day, with a big emphasis on friendship building, leadership and sharing qualities; and

  • We have a Senior Club and Buddy Program to make it “cool” for older children to come to OSHC.

 

What Food is provided?

Nutrition is a core part of our program. We understand that children need a good start to the day with a filling and healthy breakfast and at 3pm they are hungry again so require a tasty afternoon tea with a good balance of fresh food, fruit and vegetables. Our menus are developed in line with EQ’s Smart Choices Guidelines and PANOSH and we are members of Nutrition Australia. Menus are on display at the service and change weekly. All products used are of high quality, with an emphasis on using organically grown, free range foods as much as possible. During vacation care we are fully catered offering nutritious breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day.

Where is OSHC held?

We are very proud of our custom designed OSHC Pavilion located between the Pool and Tennis Court and also utilise the newly refurbished D Block which holds our OSHC library, quiet space and computer lab. The OSHC Office is located under A Block facing Wentworth Parade and we also use the Hall and much of the outdoor play space and playgrounds on the school grounds. We operate out of some of the school classrooms on wet weather days also. For drop off and pickup for OSHC, parents are welcome to park on Wentworth Parade in the Stop Drop Go Zone before 8am and after 3.30pm.

Do you have an annual membership fee?

No bond or membership fee is applicable.

 

How do I get an enrolment form?

The enrolment information can be requested from coordinators by emailing us at oshcgeneral@bulimbass.eq.edu.au. For a first time enrolment we encourage you to speak to one of our OSHC Coordinators to arrange an initial enrolment meeting. Existing families will be requested to re-enrol each year. Confirmation of bookings will be issued to families via email.

 

Can I have a casual booking?

Bookings may be permanent or casual, however, to hold your place at the centre on a given day, permanent bookings are advised.

If additional places become available on certain days, casual bookings will be accepted for children who require care on a non-regular basis. A slightly higher fee is charged for casual bookings for each session type.

 

Does my child have to attend every day during the Holiday Program?

No – you can pick only the days you require or which appeal to your child although we are sure children will find every day just as amazing. A detailed program which explains all the activities, visiting entertainers and excursions that occur on each day will be issued to parents about 5 weeks before the holidays commence. A separate booking must be completed via the QK Enrol Casual Booking App and by filling in any additional permission forms for excursion/incursion days.

 

Can I stop, drop and go when my child attends OSHC?

No. A parent/guardian (or other authorised adult) must sign children in for before school care and vacation care and sign a child out for after school care and vacation care. For drop off and pickup for OSHC, parents are welcome to park on Wentworth Parade in the Stop Drop Go Zone before 8am and after 3.30pm.

Children need to be collected on time. There is a late collection penalty of $15.00 for every 15 minutes (or part thereof) after 6.00pm. Please let staff know if you are going to be held up to avoid concern by children and staff.

 

Gate Sign In Option for Before School Care

The Service currently offers the opportunity for parents to do a “Gate Sign In” on Wentworth Parade between 7.00am to 7.30am each morning where an OSHC educator will be present just inside the Wentworth Parade gate. Parents can park, walk their child to the gate, sign in and leave quickly to avoid congestion during this busy time.

What if my child can’t attend OSHC?

If your child is not able to attend OSHC as arranged, please advise as soon as possible via the QK Enrol online portal or via email. Fees will not be charged for non-attendance if 1 full week or more notice is given. Notification is also important for safety reasons and to prevent time wasted looking for an absent child. The Coordinator will ring you to confirm an unexplained absence. There are additional fees in relation to failing to notify of absence and these fees are set at $10/child/occasion, subject to one exception/calendar year.

 

Excursions and incursions at an additional cost and are set out in the program issued at least 4-6 weeks before holiday period. All cancellations are to made via the QK Enrol online portal or via email and must be made 1 full week in advance to avoid paying the full fee. We generally do not offer an alternative service on excursion days for children to remain at the service whilst other students attend the excursion. Although we will endeavour to meet the care requirements of the community if excursion places are limited and are sold out.

 

Likewise, if you require changed days, or casual days, please advise us via the QK Enrol online portal, Casual Booking App or via email.

 

What happens if my child is hurt at OSHC?

Parents will be advised if any accident/injury has occurred. Minor incidents will be notified to the parent on collection. Major incidents will be notified as soon as possible. Detail description of the incident and any action taken by staff, will be filed in the Accident/Incident folder. In the event of a serious injury, a local doctor/ambulance will be contacted immediately, then the parent/emergency contact will be notified.

 

Are there other extra-curricular activities provided?

In addition to our planned program, the service aims to offer optional additional activities facilitated by our talented team of educators. Some examples of these programs are our Budding Chefs Program, Touch Rugby, Netball, Dancing, Speech and Drama and many more! We are constantly exploring different experiences based on the children’s interests and following the extensions of learning that occur.

 

Children can also transition back and forth from other extra-curricular activities provided on school grounds by external providers eg. tennis lessons, martial arts, environmental club, chess club etc. - if written permission is provided by the parent and suitable transitioning arrangement have been put in place. Please see the Coordinators for details and for the appropriate permission form.

 

What about the Child Care Subsidy?

Fees will be charged LESS any Child Care Subsidy (CCS) due. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to register with the Family Assistance Office and to provide the service with the following information to ensure childcare entitlements/childcare tax rebate is received.

  • Child CRN

  • Parent CRN

  • Date of birth of parent(s) and child

 

Remember – CCS can only be deducted from the date we are advised by the Family Assistance Office. It is your responsibility to advise the Family Assistance Office promptly of any changes to your circumstances, which may affect your subsidy.

 

For more information about the CCS please call the Family Assistance Office on 136 150.