If your child needs quality care outside school hours, is between five and 12 years old, and enrolled in primary school – they will love YMCA Before and After School Programs.
We're proud to be part of the John Henry Primary School community in Pakenham, Victoria – where we offer YMCA Before and After School Programs (also known as Outside School Hours Care). This service is run by YMCA Children's Programs – part of YMCA Victoria.
Our Before and After School Programs are designed to complement your child’s school learning through activities and socialising. Your child and family can experience the following benefits from being enrolled in our Before and After School Programs:
- flexibility and support for families
- enhanced emotional intelligence
- improved cognitive development through activities.
We look forward to working with the children, parents and staff of John Henry Primary School to deliver a high-quality program that your children love as much as we do.
Our Before and After School Programs offer:
- arts and crafts;
- board games and puzzles;
- creative and expressive arts such as drama, singing and dancing;
- gardening and recycling;
- sports, ball games and team games.
We also provide healthy and delicious snacks, with breakfast being served in the morning, and afternoon tea after school.
The Y also offers the following services at the same location:
- Pakenham YMCA School Holiday Program
- Pakenham YMCA Early Learning Centre
- Pakenham YMCA Facility Hire
- curriculum days / pupil free days.
We believe in an inclusive society for all children and families. Children with additional needs are welcome to attend our program. Families should contact the OSHC Coordinator beforehand to discuss your child's needs. Find out more about inclusion at YMCA Children's Programs.
To accommodate our families, we offer the following care on school days:
- Before School Care: 6:30am to 8:45am
- After School Care: 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Safeguarding and quality standards
At the Y, our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of your child. We are an accredited child-safe organisation with safeguarding and quality standards embedded across all our services.
Child safety remains our highest priority during the coronavirus (COVID-19) period. Our services have implemented a range of additional hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of children, families and staff. Learn more about these measures on our COVID-19 updates page.
We recruit, train and support our staff and volunteers to care for the children and young people in our programs and services.
Find out more about the team roles for our Before and After School Programs.
Prices and subsidies
To support our families, we offer permanent and casual booking options. Casual bookings do incur an additional cost.
The table below lists the current daily fees for our OSHC services at John Henry Primary. The fees come into effect from Monday 21 August 2023.
|Session||Fee||Fee after MAX CCS+|
|Before School Care (permanent booking)||$27.80||$4.17|
|Before School Care (casual booking)||$32.80||$4.92|
|After School Care (permanent booking)||$34.60||$5.19|
|After School Care (casual booking)||$39.60||$5.94|
|Early Finish Wednesday (permanent booking)||$44.90||$6.74|
|Early Finish Wednesday (casual booking)||$49.90||$7.49|
|Pupil Free Day (numbers pending)||$92.30||$13.85|
|School Holiday Program (In house)||$92.30||$13.85|
Our programs qualify for the Federal Government's Child Care Subsidy. The Child Care Subsidy helps eligible families access approved and registered child care providers, by partially subsidising the cost of daily fees. Please note, the prices above do not include any child care subsidy you may be entitled to, which could significantly reduce your out-of-pocket expense. Visit the Service Australia website to find out more information. We also recommend using this Child Care Subsidy Calculator to generate an estimate of your new subsidy payments.
*Fee after MAX CCS is the out of pocket fee paid by families who qualify for the maximum Child Care Subsidy percentage (90%). The fees above are calculated to allow for the 5% withheld by Services Australia to reduce the chances of an overpayment.
Bookings and enquiries
Enrolments and bookings are managed through an online system called My Family Lounge.
To enrol your child in our Before and After School Programs or submit a booking request go to the Before and After School Programs how to enrol page for step-by-step instructions on how to to get started.
Already have a My Family Lounge account with YMCA Children's Programs? Sign in here.
If you're not quite ready to book and have a few more questions, our team will be happy to help - simply fill in our enquiry form and someone will get back to you.
If you have any questions at all, contact us:
John Henry Primary YMCA Before and After School Program is located at:
John Henry Primary School
141 Henry Road