Parent Information

THE CENTRE

Our OSHC Centre operates from the OSHC facility at the Manly State School.  We provide Before and After School Care and Vacation Care for school age children (i.e. children enrolled and attending school).  Children from many schools and locations attend, especially during Vacation Care. The  Manly State School P & C Association which convenes on the third Monday of each month, manages the Centre. Manly Outside School Hours Care is licensed by the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2013. The centre must meet the requirements about activities, experiences and programs, numbers of educators and children, and educators’ qualifications according to legislation. The Centre has been rated: Exceeding.

HOURS

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

Before School Care                       -  6.45am – 8.45am

After School Care                          -  3.00pm - 6.00pm

Vacation Care & Pupil-Free Days  -  7.00am - 6.00pm

WE ARE CLOSED FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND FOR APPROX. TWO WEEKS DEC / JAN.

FEES 

effective 31 July 2017
Administration Fee - $15.00 per child / annual fee
Before School Care - $13.50 Permanent;
  - $15.50 Casual
After School Care - $20.50 Permanent;
  - $22.50 Casual
Vacation Care & PFD’s - $51.50
LATE FEE
- $15.00 per 10 minutes after 6.00pm applies. 
Parent must sign a Late Collection Form and repeated occurrences will be referred to the Management Committee.

 

PAYMENT

Accounts are to be paid weekly, on or before Thursday night. If fortnightly payments are made, pay one week in advance. Account statements will be placed in parent files on Monday or emailed as requested. Fee payment options are: cash, cheque, EFTPOS, credit card or direct deposit. MOSHC bank details can be obtained from the office or are displayed on weekly statements.

Email direct deposit details to mosh@bigpond.net.au.

Procedure for cash & cheque payments:

1.       Complete Payment Advice Slip.
2.       A staff member must initial cash payments before money packet is sealed
3.       Enclose and seal in plastic money packet.
4.       Place payment in Fees Box.
5.       Complete Fee Payment Register.

ENROLMENT

Children must be enrolled with us before they can attend. Enrolment Forms are available from the Centre office or on the website. Acceptance of enrolment is dependent on parent’s ability to provide ALL necessary information as indicated on Enrolment Form. All contact details must subsequently be kept up to date.

Click here for Enrolment forms

BOOKINGS

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Parents are charged for days booked permanent or casual. Staffing is arranged according to the number of children booked. If notification is given by Friday of the week before of impending absence/s, a fee will not be charged. (This applies to BSC and ASC only).

VACATION CARE

Fees are charged according to days booked as indicated by parent on Vacation Care Booking Form. Fees will not be charged if changes are made prior to the designated change date. Check Vacation Care program and Parent News

A place created by an absence during the week of care, may be able to be reallocated when waiting lists apply.

ABSENCES

IT IS VITAL THAT YOU PHONE THE CENTRE FOR NOTIFICATION OF ALL ABSENCES.

Each child under the CCS scheme is entitled to 42 days of allowable absences per financial year whereby CCS component is paid by the FAO. The parent is still required to pay the gap fee. Absence days taken show on your weekly fee statement.

Additional absence days can be taken as long as for specified reasons and supporting documentation is supplied, e.g Doctor's Certificate.

WHAT TO BRING TO ALL PROGRAMS

HATS - A hat is required for all outdoor activities. A child cannot participate in outdoor activities without his/her hat.
NO HAT - NO OUTDOOR PLAY!
SHOES
- Fully covered shoes and socks are also necessary. Thongs, scuffs / sandals are not permitted.
SHIRTS - Garments worn must have a sleeve. The neck, tops of shoulders and arms must be covered. Singlet or sleeveless tops are not permitted.
SWIMMING SHIRTS - A shirt with a sleeve in it must be worn for all swimming and water play activities. Lycra tops are preferred because of their greater UV protection.
SUNSCREEN - It is recommended that children bring their own sunscreen suitable to their skin type.
LUNCH - On days specified on holiday program.
DRINKS - Parents should provide their children with drinks on excursion days.

PARENT INFORMATION

Parents and Guardians are invited to discuss the activities and experiences provided as part of our learning programs and the goals achieved through our programs. Please ask the Coordinator or your child’s Educator for more detailed information about your child’s development, how we provide opportunities to foster your child’s development and our underpinning philosophy of learning that informs our programs. Parent & Community notice boards and monthly newsletters display current information. Parents must abide by the Code of Conduct at all times. A copy of this can be found on our website under the parent portal.

PROGRAM

A wide variety of activities are offered to the children from which they can make decisions about the worthwhile use of their time. Activities include Art & Craft, Sport, Outdoor and Indoor Games, Cooking, Homework, Adventure Play, Free Play, Excursions and Incursions (Vacation Care only). The Vacation Care Programs and Booking Forms are available 4 - 5 weeks prior to each holiday period.

CENTRE PHILOSOPHY

OUR COMMITMENT IS TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY CHILD CARE IN A SAFE, CARING, STIMULATING AND ENJOYABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN. (Refer Parent Notice Board)

AIMS

Our Centre aims to provide a safe, caring, enjoyable and stimulating environment for school-aged children. Children are encouraged to display a sense of responsibility and respect towards other people and property. Children are assisted to make creative and worthwhile use of their leisure and most of all to enjoy the program. Safety and protection is promoted and provided through the Centre's Risk Management Strategy. (Please refer to the Parent Notice Board or Policy & Procedures File).


PRIVACY

We are committed to upholding the Privacy Act 1988 and the National Privacy Principles 2001, which govern how we collect, use, disclose and handle your personal information. For more information please ask to see a copy of our Information Handling (Privacy and Confidentiality) Policy.

EDUCATOR / CHILD RATIOS

  • Normal sessions - 1 Educator : 15 school-age children
  • Excursions / Swimming - 1 Educator : 15 maximum school-age children, or as appropriate to provide supervision given the risks as assessed.
  • Ratio is published on the program and at the centre.
  • One qualified Educator per 30 children will be present at all times.
  • All Educators have current first aid qualifications. All educators are recipients of current suitability cards or relevant registration.

STAFFING

Please see Staff Profile regarding the position and qualifications of the educators at this centre.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

The Centre encourages communication with & participation of parents / guardians to assist us to continually improve our service. Parents are welcome to visit the Centre to view the programs at work. Discussions / feedback / participation in community / centre based activities are encouraged and welcomed. Feedback sheets are available in the foyer.

GRIEVANCES

Grievances will be referred to the Coordinator in the first instance. If unable to be resolved with the Coordinator, the grievance must be put in writing and submitted to the President of the P & C Association. (For our full Policy please refer to the Parent Noticeboard or Policy & Procedures File.)


NATIONAL PRIORITY OF ACCESS

OSHC services must give school children priority over children who have not yet started school.
Placement of children at our Centre will follow these guidelines:
Priority 1 – A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
Priority 2 – A child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy the work/training/study test under section 14 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999.
Priority 3 – any other child.

Within these main categories priority should also  be given to the following children:

  • Children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families 
  • Children in families which include a disabled person 
  • Children in low income families 
  • Children in families with a non-english speaking background 
  • Children in socially isolated families 
  • Children of single parents

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Policies and procedures reflect compliance to the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, Education and Care Services National Regulations 2013, Work Health and Safety Act & Regulations 2011, Commission for Children Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 (Queensland), Commission for Children Young People and Child Guardian Amendment Regulation (No 1)2014, Fire and Rescue Act 1990 (Queensland) Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (Queensland) and Child Care Benefit Scheme. Our Policy and Procedures Folder is available in the Centre’s foyer.

DUTY OF CARE / CHILD PROTECTION

All staffs owe a ‘duty of care’ to the children and to each other in the Service. It is our responsibility to ensure all possible steps are taken to protect children from harm by avoiding all unreasonable risks. Policies and Procedures as stated in the Centre Manual will be enforced to ensure protection

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY

Child Care Subsidy is available to all eligible families. The Department of Human Services / Centrelink administers CCS through the MyGov website.  Parents / Guardians must register through MyGov and have their level of Child Care Subsidy determined.

Please visit - www.education.gov.au/childcare for further information.

Your CCS will be passed on as a weekly fee reduction.

If you require further information please see the OSHC office.
 

MEDICATION

Medication will only be administered to a child if it is a PRESCRIBED ORAL MEDICATION, and all of the following are provided, and is dependent upon agreement of the Centre:

1.        In its original package with a pharmacist’s label which clearly states the child’s name, dosage, frequency of administration, date of dispensing and expiry date.
2.       Accompanied by a letter of authority from the parent / guardian.
3.       Entered on the Manly OSHC medication register detailing the medication used, the date, time and dosage, & person who administered it.

For asthma, diabetes or other ongoing medications, parents will be required to advise the Coordinator in writing whether their child will be responsible for administering their own medication or will require supervision. If supervision is required the above 3 requirements must be met.

Anaphylaxis medication must be signed in and out of the centre daily or arrangements made to leave in Medication Cupboard. Current Action Plans are required to be held in OSHC office.

Non-prescribed oral medications, such as analgesics/over the counter medications, cannot be administered unless the above 3 requirements are met.

 FOOD

(refer to each Term’s Menu)
BEFORE SCHOOL CARE - Children are free to have breakfast between 7am and 8am. If you know your child will require breakfast please arrive by 7.45am at the latest and let staff know so we can ensure your child is fed.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE - A nutritious afternoon tea is supplied which consists of water, fruit, vegetables and sandwiches/ biscuits/ cheese/ nibbles.

VACATION CARE - Breakfast, Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea are supplied. On some days, lunches are provided at a minimal cost. Check your Vacation Care program for details of lunch options.