A variety of activities are programmed at Before, After School and Vacation Care (e.g. cooking, painting, craft, music and dance, outdoor activities). Opportunities for unstructured and quiet play are also provided including areas for children to withdraw from all activities. Our aim is to provide developmentally appropriate activities that support the development of each child’s social, emotional, lingual, physical, intellectual, social, creative skills. The program seeks to foster self-esteem and confidence in children by including their own ideas into the planning and providing experiences that encourage children to negotiate and cooperate in small groups. Both Before and After School Care allow time on Fridays for children to discuss programs and put their ideas forward. If your child does not attend the centre on Fridays, they are able to place their programming suggestions in the Suggestion Box on the Educators’ desk.

Routine plays an important role in a successful school age care setting. It allows the service to operate effectively and efficiently and makes for a relaxed environment for children, parents and staff. Routines provide consistency, prevent confusion, reduce staff workload, reduce behavioural problems promote and ensure general hygiene practices.

The program activities and routine times are posted on the notice board for BSC and White Board for ASC.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM

3:15pm - the bell goes when school finishes. Children walk to the assembling area to get their names marked off the iPad. The children put their bags away in the space provided; put their photos on the compactor to say which area/activity they would like to play in for that afternoon

3:20pm - children have free play time in the gym, small playground or veranda or they are involved in Homework Club

3:45pm - children pack away, go to the toilet, grab a drink and wash their hands for afternoon tea

4:00pm – children and educators gather in the assembly area for notices and group off for activities

5:15pm – children begin to pack away their equipment; regroup in the OSHC room

5:45pm - Centre closed

Before School Care

Before School care provides a supervised service from 7.00 a.m. to 8.15 a.m. Monday to Friday for students attending St Mary’s Primary School. This service is often used by parents starting work early, as teacher supervision is not available at the school until 8.15 a.m.

To apply for a position in before school care please contact the Assistant Director on oshc.sm@nt.catholic.edu.au or download the application form. (Link to application)

Excursions

Vacation Care excursions are a valuable part of our overall program, with provision for enjoyment, stimulation, challenge, new experiences and to build connections between our service and the wider community. To ensure maximum safety and to assist with monitoring the children on excursions, children wear an OSHC uniform on all excursions. This t-shirt is supplied and maintained by OSHC. Before leaving the centre children must be wearing a hat and carry a water bottle. Children who do not have a water bottle, are expected to purchase water from the canteen. We ask that children be at the centre by 9.00am on Excursion Days.

Homework

St. Mary’s OSHC program includes a homework session every Monday. If children have not been given homework they read a book, write a story or, in the case of earlier years, engage in other educational activities. On other days, from 5pm, staff provide adequate leisure time, quiet space and supervision to enable children to do their homework if required. If parents/ guardians wish their child to complete homework on another day than Monday they are asked to advise the Assistant Director. Whilst we support children in homework, staff are not expected to tutor each child individually.

Homework club information:

Children are enrolled by their parents to our homework club. This is run on a daily basis when they first arrive at after school care and children are closely assisted by an educator. Homework club goes for 20 – 25 minutes depending on the time the children arrive and how much homework they have.