Mount Compass Area School Mount Compass Area School

KIDZONE - Out of School Hours Care

School day mornings from 7.00am - 8.45am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, with cost $8.50 including breakfast
School day afternoons from 3.15pm - 6.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Cheraleen Barrett (Director-Qualified Educator) - ph mob 0411 134 701

As child care workers we fall under the Legislation which requires Mandatory Consultation and Reporting when indicated. All of our staff are trained in Responding to Child Abuse & Neglect.
Any contributions, suggestions or donations would be most welcome.

Philosophy Statement

Our Programme has been established with the aim of providing quality child care that meets the needs of primary school children, parents, care providers and the community outside of school hours. The individual needs of each child will be recognised and provided for and we will encourage and nurture the development of each child physically, socially and intellectually by providing a diverse and stimulating programme in a warm and caring environment. We acknowledge that families come from diverse backgrounds and we aim to cater for these differences within our programme. Our programme will be inclusive to all and will make provision for children and families with special needs. We believe that communication is of the utmost importance in the provision of a quality service and we will actively encourage the participation of parents and guardians in the ongoing development and management of this programme.

Management Committee

The role of the management committee is to give support and advise on policies and issues relating to the children, staff, program and facilities. Members include the Principal, a School Governing Council representative, Parent representatives, the Director and Finance Officer. Meetings are held each term, please consider Joining the Management Committee and become involved in your child's Out of School Hours Service.

Location and Opening Hours

The Mt Compass Kidzone (OSHC) program offers Morning School Care from 7.00am—8.45am and After School Care from 3.15pm - 6pm Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. We are also open Pupil Free Days , if there is enough Children booked in. We are located within the Mt Compass Area School in the Conference Centre on School Road. OSHC is available from Kindy to 16 years age. After 16 years CCB is no longer paid.

Fees

$18.50 per session per day, $24.50 per session on early closing days picture (eg. last day of term 1, 2, 3), $31.00 per session last day of term 4, $10.00 morning care. Accounts are invoiced weekly and need to be paid promptly to keep this service viable overdue accounts will result in your child/ren having their access to this service restricted until full payment is up to date.

Payments

Payments can be made at OSHC with cash, cheque, EFTPOS or online through school web site, or you can pay by QKR! App on your mobile phone.

Child Care Benefit

The Department of Human Services (Centrelink) will assess each family’s individual situation and then issue a % of CCB that will be paid by the government. Parents can opt to have their CCB paid to the service on the families behalf or they can pay full fee for care and claim back benefit at the end of the financial year with their income tax. Child Care Rebate (CCR) is a % of out of pocket expense paid to families, this is in addition to CCB, families can choose to have this paid directly to OSHC, or paid into their bank accounts, or claim at end of financial year with their tax income. The following website www.humanservices.gov.au/ has a Families section for more information. Families wanting to claim CCB and/or CCR must apply to Department of Human Services prior to using OSHC. It is the responsibility of the caregivers to sign their child in & out of care. The Department of Human Services do compliance checks randomly and if child/ren are not signed out then the family will have to reimburse the full fee to the Government! The Child Care percentage is calculated within a formula created by the Department of Human Services.

Centrelink & Family Assistance Office now known as Department of Human Services.

Fee for Late Collection

Children must be collected by 6pm or a late fee will apply. This will be $10.00 for 10 minutes. If you are running late please phone and let Kidzone staff know. This fee is not claimed on the Child Care Benefit.

Vacation Care

Neighbouring Schools (Willunga, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Goolwa) offer programmes throughout the school holidays. We will have vacation care programmes available by the end of each term.

Enrolment, Bookings, Cancellations

Enrolment forms are available from the Director of OSHC during operating hours and once completed returned to OSHC. For health and safety reasons it is recommended these be completed and handed back prior to your
child/ren using this service.

Bookings can be made by phoning OSHC on 0411 134 701 or in person on the booking form at the service. We are licensed to provide care for 20 children.

Cancellations can be made by ringing OSHC on 0411 134 701. Please ensure this is done to save the stress and time of looking for children who are no longer on the school grounds, and for staffing reasons. There will be a cancellation/absent charge for permanent bookings. You will be signed in as absent and your normal fee for the day will be charged. Your CCB & CCR will still be paid to you as you are entitled to absences from Human Services.
Casual bookings, if you do not cancel your booking prior the day of your booking you will be charged as above.

First Aid

If your child becomes unexpectedly ill or injured:

Medication

If you require us to administer medicine to your child(ren), please ask for the appropriate form to be filled out. Medication required three times daily can generally be administered in the home situation. Any mediation should be given to staff in the original container, with full instructions and dosage details. This medication (with the exception of asthma puffers), should NOT be left in the child's bag.

Behaviour Management

Behaviour management will be consistent with the policies of Mt Compass Area School. Children will be encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and behaviour and find positive ways of dealing with conflict. Respect for staff, other children, and personal and programme property will be encouraged and enforced. How we conduct ourselves and abide by the rules plays an important role in "Duty of Care" and the safety and enjoyment of all of us. The Director has the right to report to the Principal any behaviour deemed inappropriate and which compromises "Duty of Care". The Management Committee reserve the right to terminate the enrolment of any child if their disruptive behaviour persists, after reasonable efforts have been made to involve the child in a positive manner.

Afternoon Tea

A healthy afternoon tea is provided for the children attending Kidzone at approximately 3.30pm and late snack at 5pm, this is not designed to be a meal and will generally consist of seasonal fruit and vegetables. With the help of interested children we may bake biscuits, cakes, pancakes, toasted sandwiches, pizza etc. which will contribute to afternoon tea. To contribute to the calcium needs of growing children, a small serve of dairy will be provided, this will consist of cheese, milk or yogurt.

Daily Activities

We offer a wide range of activities to suit all ages, interests and abilities. Examples include: cooking, board games, construction, art, craft, drama activities, dance, music, sport, imagination play. Outside play is encouraged. We also participate in Active After School sports twice a week. Children are expected to be "Sun Smart”, therefore in keeping with school policy, hats are compulsory for outside play during Term 4 and 1. Therefore NO HAT, NO OUTSIDE PLAY. Sunscreen may be applied by OSHC staff when it is considered appropriate.

All activities are free choice, although we do encourage children to actively participate. On days when only 1 staff member is required it is a requirement that activities are undertaken in general proximity to facilitate the supervision and care of children. Quiet time, and while not enforced, homework supervision is available to all children.

Policies and Procedures

Mount Compass OSHC follow policies & procedures from DECD, Mount Compass Area School and specific policies for Mount Compass OSHC. Please see Director if you require any information about these policies and procedures.