School Holiday Program

We’ll keep your children happy and active during these school holidays!

  • SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE.

  • WE ARE A GOVERNMENT APPROVED EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICE.

CLICK HERE to go to straight to ‘How to Book’ information.

“My twins recently attended the school holiday program at Healthways. I wanted to express my thanks to all the staff, for making this a great experience. It is so good to be able to find a program that covers so many fun activities. Bowling and Art were their absolute favourites! The twins loved it and are already planning their next school holidays. Thanks again for all your work and effort in making this a fabulous programme.”

“I just wanted to send a big thank you to everyone associated with today’s school holiday program, in the mad dash to ensure everything was collected I forgot to personally thank anyone! My daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself and we will indeed be returning next school holidays!”

What great fun your children will have with our activities! You can book your child in every day knowing they will be involved in engaging and fun activities every time they’re with us!

Activities:

We have a large range of activities that are all ON-SITE, and all INCLUDED in the price, including:

  • Ten Pin Bowling – It’s exciting to roll the balls at the 10 pins and see them tumble.
  • Art & craft – Lots of great things to make. Sticking, pasting, cutting, painting, sewing, plaiting, folding… a huge range of things to make and do.
  • Swimming – (Optional) A fun time splashing in the heated pool, under the supervision of our qualified swimming instructors.
  • Building Cubby-houses – Put your child’s architectural and construction ability to the test as we make the most elaborate cubby houses imaginable.
  • Outdoor Activities & Games – We go to the oval and sports grounds at Mont Albert Reserve (140 metres away) to play different games like cricket, football, soccer, races, obstacle courses, chasey, frisbee and more! (Weather permitting.)
  • Ball Games – Volleyball, basketball, netball, poison ball, tunnel ball, silent ball, crab ball, hand ball, ball relays, and more!
  • Racquet Games – We have equipment for table tennis, badminton & mini-court tennis.
  • Cooking – The children get in the kitchen and measure, pour, stir, blend, spread and knead to make edible delights, such as fruit sculptures, pancakes, pizzas, wraps and more!
  • Girl looking through magnifying glassScience Experiments – Mixing, attaching, touching, constructing and watching what happens when you mix ‘X’ with ‘Y’.
  • Board Games – Mountains of games & puzzle fun.
  • Structured Play – We have heaps of games up our sleeve to keep the children engaged. And we’re always learning more!
  • Special Workshops – Some of our instructors also specialise in other activities incl. gymnastics, martial arts, drama, and art. Join them for extra fun in their chosen fields.Children laughing in park
  • Special Incursions – Some days we organise special incursions, incl. language lessons, discos, etc.
  • Dress ups – What child can resist dressing up? We have collected a splendid variety of outfits to delight every child.
  • Writing and Performing plays – We have created wonderful plays scripted and performed by your children using the props and costumes in the activities room.
  • Educational Themes – Being curious about geography, history and fact searching is encouraged through fun activities and theme days.  Asking questions, educational games, trivia quiz’s, dress ups, making themed art, and group problem solving all help to encourage interest in the world around us.
  • And lots more!!!

What don’t we have?:

  • TV, Computer games, XBox, and other electronic devices.
  • The School Holiday Program is free from electronic devices. You won’t see the children sitting in front of a screen, and you won’t see them bored. You’ll see them running around, talking to each other, being creative, problem solving, improving their gross and fine motor skills, and participating in fun activities.

The aim of the program:

Our number 1 rule is “everyone wants to have fun!”.

The holidays are a time for kids to break-free from routine and have a good time. We aim to help them make friends, participate, stay active, and learn skills in communication, teamwork, creative thinking, problem solving, gross motor skills and fine motor skills.

 

Upcoming Program Info  –  April 2022 Holidays:

Bookings open:

Program dates:

  • Mon 11/04/22 – Thurs 14/04/22
  • Tues 19/04/22 – Fri 22/04/22
  • (No program on Good Friday 15/04/22 or Easter Monday 18/04/22 Public Holidays.)

Accounts reconciled with Centrelink, and balances paid:

  • Thurs 05/05/22

Theme calendar:

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Notes: 

Please note the following general extra info in the times of COVID:

  • Ventillation:
    • We’ve had the ventilation in the whole building tested over this time. Every room in the main building has it’s own 100% fresh air ventilation, including the offices. At 80% the air turns over every 2.5 minutes, at 30% the air turns over every 5 minutes. The Art & Craft room is ventilated by opening windows and doors to outside. We’re really pleased to share this information with clients and staff. We’re doing everything we can to respond to the current times.
    • Please make sure the children have warm clothes with them each day so that ventilation can be maximised.
  • Vaccination:
    • 100% of all staff in the school holidays are fully vaccinated.

  • The last 18 months of COVID have given us lots of experience to be able to pivot as needed and respond fully to the COVID restrictions of the day.
    • Bookings will be limited to the numbers permitted as per government direction.  Please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and so we can plan accordingly.  Thank you.
    • The number of adults permitted past the foyer will reflect the government’s COVID restrictions of the day.  When you arrive at the centre please sign-in/out in the main reception area and kindly follow directions about how drop off and pick-up needs to happen.
    • Re: Activities.  The activities offered each day will reflect the government’s COVID restrictions of the day.  We always monitor the situation daily and adjust activities accordingly if needed.
  • We will be ensuring regular hand cleaning and reducing the amount of shared equipment in the program.  As such, could you please bring with you for personal use:
    • A pencil case, with any textas/pencils/scissors/glue stick that the children might like to use in Art & Craft sessions.
    • Any small toys, that the children might like to play with during social grouping time (ie. 7.45-9.00am & 4.30-6.00pm) while students are being dropped off and picked up.
  • As per all previous communications since the beginning of COVID-19, we would like to continue to reassure all clients that we will honour any services you have paid for.  In the event that you book, and then restriction levels mean that you are unable to attend due to restriction levels we will give you a full credit for any services you have paid for.  Credits may be used for any services in the future.  For cancellations due to other reasons, the normal cancellation policies will apply as normal.  Thank you.
  • We look forward to showing the children a good time these holiday.

Price:

As of Dec 2021
Base Fee $64.90
+ Experience Fee $25.00
Total Fee = $89.90
(With Maximum CCS = $13.49 out of pocket)

There are NO EXTRA CHARGES. Included in the above prices are ALL ACTIVITY COSTS, ALL SPECIAL EVENTS/THEMES/INCURSIONS and ALL MATERIALS for the daily Art and Craft sessions.

  • Claiming the ‘Child Care Subsidy’ (CCS): When you book a day at the holiday program, you pay $30/day upfront. Over the course of the holidays we submit your attendances to Centrelink. Centrelink calculates your applicable CCS and applies it to your holiday program account.
  • On your enrolment form there is a place for you to fill in your CRN details to claim CCS.  Every day we send your enrolments to Centrelink.  Once you have approved your enrolments at Centrelink via your MyGov account, Centrelink will apply your CCS.
  • At the end of the holidays, if your CCS doesn’t cover the balance of the day’s fee, the remainder will be charged to the credit card that made payment. If your CCS covers more than the balance of the day’s fee, the surplus will remain as credit on your account and can be used towards any future bookings. You will be emailed invoices detailing any CCS payments that Centrelink has made for your children.
  • For more information about how CCS works, please see the information from the Australian Government at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy.

To enrol:

  • There are 2 easy ways to enrol:
    • On-line from home (by clicking on the link below), including making secure on-line payment with credit card – When you pay online with credit card you only pay a deposit of $30.00 per day.  At the end of the holidays your account is reconciled with Centrelink.  Any remaining balance will be charged to the credit card that made payment.
    • Or you can come in to the centre to complete the on-line enrolment form and make payment over the counter – When you pay over the counter you pay the full fee for the day upfront.  At the end of the holidays your account is reconciled with Centrelink.  Any amount that has been overpaid will be refunded to you by EFT into your nominated bank account.

CLICK HERE to go to the ‘How to Book’ information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Photo Gallery from previous School Holidays:

Here’s some photos from the last school holidays to give you an idea of the variety and fun that the children have with us.  CLICK HERE for more holidays archives and photo galleries.

              

What you need to know:

  • children-running-on-ovalEligibility to attend: As per the national regulations, children can attend vacation care as of 1st January in the calendar year that they are attending primary school OR once they have turned 6 years old.
  • Enrolment: Children should be enrolled as soon as possible prior to the day of attending. Late enrolment is subject to availability.
  • Time of program: The earliest drop-off is 7.45am, and the latest pick-up is 6.00pm.  The structured part of the day’s activities run 9.00am-4.30pm.  Outside of those times, there are activity areas set up and the children can have social grouping and free play.
  • Signing in & out: Children MUST be signed in at reception each day upon arrival and MUST also be signed out each day when picked up.
  • Authorised collection: Children can only be collected by people authorised in your enrolment form.  Photo identification needs to be presented at collection time as proof of identity.  Please note: if you forget your photo ID, it can cause significant delays to collection.  If identity cannot be established we cannot hand-over a child.  So please remember your photo ID.
  • The Leaders: All the leaders are experienced in working with children and have all their required qualifications. There are a number of staff roles each day to ensure the days run smoothly.  All sessions are staffed with ‘Educators’, plus there are additional ‘Floating Educator’ and ‘Educator Assistant’ roles to help as needed during the day.  All pool sessions are supervised by qualified swimming instructors.
  • School Holiday Program Sept-Oct 2016Theme Days: Each day has a theme attached to it, where the activities on the day relate to a particular concept.  Across the program, we try to provide a range of pursuits to encourage the next generation of modern renaissance boys and girls.  “The term Renaissance person is used for a very clever person who is good at many different things.”  Every 2 week period we try to include 2 x ‘Science’ theme days, 2 x ‘Humanities’ theme days, 1 x ‘Sports’ theme day, 1 x ‘Arts’ theme day, 4 x ‘Open Theme’ days.  We hope you and the children enjoy the range of activities we organise! We have lots of fun putting the ideas together and welcome your feedback and input.  If you have any suggestions for themes please email us at healthways@healthways.com.au.  See the ‘Program Dates’ section above for this holiday’s theme calendar.
  • girl-bowlingMedications: If your child requires medication, we are obliged to follow the national regulations for child care.  So, please: Make sure the medication is clearly labelled with your child’s name; Supply clear written instructions on use, which must be from a medical professional – this can be the pharmacy label; If it is medication for allergy/anaphylaxis/asthma/diabetes, your instructions on use MUST be a copy of your action plan; Place the medicine and instructions/action plan in a plastic bag with your name on it; Hand the bag in to reception at the beginning of each day. Please note that all medication, including Asthma inhalers, MUST NOT be left in your child’s bag. They need to be handed in to reception at the beginning of each day, where it is easily and quickly accessible in the case of an emergency. Thank you.  CLICK HERE for a copy of our Medical Management Policy.
  • Lunch Orders: Lunch orders can be placed by writing the order on a paper bag and placing money inside the bag. Please hand in at reception by 10.30am. CLICK HERE for copy of the menu.
  • Sickness: If your child is ill, please use the same guidelines and common sense applicable with any children’s activity and keep your child at home. We don’t want our leaders to fall ill, nor any of the other children.
  • girls-with-basket-ball
  • Claiming the ‘Child Care Subsidy’ (CCS): When you book a day at the holiday program, you pay $30/day upfront. Over the course of the holidays we submit your attendances to Centrelink. Centrelink calculates your applicable CCS and applies it to your holiday program account.
  • On your enrolment form there is a place for you to fill in your CRN details to claim CCS.  Every day we send your enrolments to Centrelink.  Once you have approved your enrolments at Centrelink via your MyGov account, Centrelink will apply your CCS.
  • At the end of the holidays, if your CCS doesn’t cover the balance of the day’s fee, the remainder will be charged to the credit card that made payment. If your CCS covers more than the balance of the day’s fee, the surplus will remain as credit on your account and can be used towards any future bookings. You will be emailed invoices detailing any CCS payments that Centrelink has made for your children.
  • For more information about how CCS works, please see the information from the Australian Government at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy.
  • End of holidays PARTY: Traditionally, in addition to all the normal fun activities the children do in the program, on the last day of the school holidays the children enrolled on that day have a party! Including bowling with the ‘Glow in the dark’/Disco lights on, and a cooking activity.  GREAT FUN!

What to bring:

  • Bathers, towel & goggles (Optional)
  • Clothing:
    • Socks & Closed-in shoes
    • On sunny days (and all days Sept-April):  Sun Hat, Sunscreen & Clothing that covers the shoulders
    • On cold days:  Jumper and warm clothes to wear outdoors
  • Food:
    • NO NUTS OR NUT PRODUCTS – WE HAVE CHILDREN ATTENDING THE CENTRE THAT ARE AT SEVERE RISK OF ANAPHYLAXIS!
    • Morning play lunch
    • Lunch / Lunch order (CLICK HERE for lunch order menu)
    • Afternoon play lunch
    • Water bottle
  • Maximum $3.50 to spend at the canteen (optional)
  • Any medication, personal requirements, etc.
  • We will be ensuring regular hand cleaning and reducing the amount of shared equipment in the program. As such, could you please bring with you for personal use:
    • A pencil case, with any textas/pencils/scissors/glue stick that the children might like to use in Art & Craft sessions.
    • Any small toys, that the children might like to play with during social grouping time (ie. 7.45-9.00am & 4.30-6.00pm) while students are being dropped off and picked up.

Forget something?:

We’re parents too and we know that life is busy!!  So if you’ve forgotten something we have done our best to organise options to be available on the day for your child.  For example:

  • Forget your socks?  Children need socks so that they can go bowling.  We have organised socks to be available.  They’re just $2.50 from reception.
  • Forget your lunch?  We have lunch order food available.
  • Forget your goggles?  We keep lost property goggles as spare goggles for the children to borrow during their swim session.

If you’ve forgotten something else, let us know and we’ll try to help!

 

Absences, Cancellations, Swapping days and Refund policy:

Depending on how much notice you give of absence/cancellation, there is a sliding scale of applicable fees. Centrelink allocates 42 approved absent days of Child Care Subsidy (CCS) per child per year for these days. If you want to swap from one day to another, please cancel the day you no longer want and enrol in the day you now want.

  • Where there is 0-2 days notice: No amount is able to be written-off the daily fee.
  • Where there is 3-5 days notice: $44.00 is written-off the daily fee, leaving $45.90.
  • Where there is 6-7 days notice: $53.00 is written-off the daily fee, leaving $36.90.
  • Where there is 8-9 days notice: $62.00 is written-off the daily fee, leaving $27.90.
  • Where there is 10-13 days notice: $80.00 is written-off the daily fee, leaving $9.90.
  • Where there is 14+ days notice: the entire daily fee is written off, leaving $0.00.

The $30.00 deposit/day is non-refundable, but it is transferrable. Any funds that remain in credit may be used towards future bookings.

 

lunch boxOther interesting things about the program:

  • Previous Holiday Archives:
    • This is a collection of wrap-ups and photos from previous holidays.
    • Each day staff fill in reflections from their day.  What worked well?  What could have been done differently?  After each holiday period we have de-brief’s and put plans and goals together to address these reflections and keep the program evolving and developing.
    • There’s also some photos from previous holidays to give you an idea of what the children do with us.  Most photos are from afar as we’ve selected photos where individual children cannot be identified.  But it’ll give you a good idea of the variety and fun that the children have.  🙂
  • Forms:
    • ‘How to Book’ Information – Use this page to set yourself up with a Parent Portal and complete an enrolment form.
    • Change of details – If your child’s details have changed please email details of any changes to healthways@healthways.com.au, or you can complete another enrolment form using the link in the ‘How to Book’ information page.

Any other questions?  Email us at healthways@healthways.com.au.  See you soon!

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