Vacation Care Covid-19In accordance with Government guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID–19), we are currently prioritising the safety of our community and staff and assessing the risk posed by all events, activities and programs. Please check back regularly for updates and cancellations. We are closely following all advice provided by the Federal and State health authorities. Please follow all Government guidelines regarding social distancing, self-isolation and personal hygiene.
In light of this, we have again modified the December / January vacation care program. We will encourage all staff and children to follow recommended hygiene procedures including sneezing and coughing etiquette and handwashing practices. Centre staff will intentionally teach and actively promote correct hygiene practices at every opportunity with the children. We will have hand sanitiser available to families at the entrance to each service to use as you enter and leave the premises. We will be asking parents/carers to ensure that their hands are clean before using the iPad to electronically sign in/out and to sanitise the iPad after they sign in/out with wipes provided.
We have increased the cleaning regimes with the services.
As recommended by NSW Health we will advise families and staff not to attend the service if they are sick with influenza/cold-like symptoms, even if they are mild. If a staff member or child becomes ill while they are at the service, they will be asked to go home immediately.
We will be enforcing the current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health:
- Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas or interstate via Victoria will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and will not be able to attend vacation care.
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
- Anyone in close contact with a person with a COVID-19 infection while they were ill, will need to be isolated for 14 days and will not be able to attend Vacation Care during this period.
A close contact is someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours as someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 when that person was infectious.Please note: Due to the overwhelming demand for places at our vacation care programs, to ensure equitable access for places rolls will no longer be open for booking until week 7 of the preceding term. Also, cancellations of vacation care bookings can now only be made with no less than 7 days notice. Outside of this notice period you will only be able to mark your child absent and full fees will apply.
All families wishing to attend our Vacation Care program will first need a My Family Lounge account to enable online enrolment and bookings of their children at OOSH Northern Beaches, please register for MFL here.
Before proceeding with registration for a My Family Lounge account please read our How-to-guide and Troubleshooting information.
After registering for a MFL account, all children then need to be enrolled in the relevant Service before they can be booked in to our Vacation Care Program. All Vacation Care and Pupil Free Day bookings need to be made via our casual booking calendar either through your My Family Lounge account online or through the My Family Lounge phone app (which is available for download via our website). Please do not make a “new booking request” as this does not constitute a booking and you may risk missing out on a place before we can contact you as our program fills up very quickly.
Please note: All children who attend a Catholic Primary School will need to be enrolled and booked through St Johns Kids Club, for those attending the Pittwater House Schools they will need to enrol and book through that Service and for any other school they will need to be enrolled and booked through Cromer Kids Club.
OOSH Northern Beaches operates Vacation Care at one central location – currently Cromer Primary School, Carcoola Road, Cromer (for those who attend The Pittwater House of Schools please note our special arrangements for additional weeks in that program).
We welcome everyone, regardless of which school your child attends, to join us at this service. We will accept children of school age for the Dec/Jan vacation care period if they are beginning school in the upcoming year. Some Councils and Vacation Care operators do not accept children unless they have already commenced school.
All children must be pre-booked for our program. Our Vacation Care Centre opens from 7.00am to 6.00pm. Please advise if your child/ren require collection earlier than 3.30pm on any day as this is when we usually return from excursions.
On excursion days, child/ren should be at the centre by 8:30am in preparation for a 9.00am departure on our bus. Should your child not be present by 8:45am they may miss out on the excursion for the day.
Each day apart from the scheduled program, there are sport, games, and art & craft experiences provided. Children may bring Board Games, Videos, DVD’s etc., at their own risk.
On in-centre days, morning tea is at approx. 10.15am & lunch is at approx. 12.30pm. We attempt to have afternoon at approx. 3.15-3.30pm, but this is usually prepared by the children so the time may vary slightly (and dependant on the return time from an excursion).
Children are to bring enough food and drink for morning tea and lunch. Afternoon tea is provided (unless specified or any special dietary requirements).
Please ensure lunches will not spoil on the warmer days (include an ice pack for example). Please encourage your child/ren to eat all their lunch as we are not able to check lunch boxes to ensure children have eaten their meals.
Our vacation care program is usually online and rolls are opened at the start of Week 7 of the preceding term.
We also offer care on Pupil Free days (School Development Days). Pupil Free days usually occur at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3 and the last two days of the school year. Check with your school, as schools may vary some of these dates.
If you need care on any of the pupil free days please book through our casual booking calendar via your My Family Lounge account by selecting “Pupil Free”.