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.

About us

We're proud to be part of the Lightning Reef Primary School community in North Bendigo, Victoria – where we offer a YMCA Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program. This service is run by YMCA Children's Programs – part of YMCA Victoria.

We offer the following OSHC services at Lightning Reef Primary School:

  • Before School Care
  • After School Care
  • Pupil Free Days (aka Curriculum Days)
  • School Holiday Program (learn more)

Our OSHC program complements your child’s school experience with engaging activities and opportunities to socialise with peers. We perform a variety of planned and spontaneous activities that help children develop life skills and enhance their autonomy.



We perform a variety of planned and spontaneous activities that are tailored to support each child’s individual interests and ideas. These activities  help children develop life skills and enhance their autonomy.

Commonly run activities include:

  • arts and crafts;
  • board games and puzzles;
  • cooking;
  • creative and expressive arts such as drama, singing and dancing;
  • homework time;
  • 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.


Co-located programs

The Y also offers the following services at the same location:

We also offer care on 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.


Session times

To accommodate our families, we offer the following care on school days:

  • Before school care: 7:00am to 9:00am
  • After school care: 3:15pm to 6:00pm
  • Pupil free day: 7:00am to 6:00pm


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.


Our team

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

The table below lists the current daily fees for our OSHC services at Lightning Reef Primary School

The fees come into effect from Monday 25 July 2022



Fee after MAX CCS+

 Before School Care (permanent booking)  $16.30  $3.26
 Before School Care (casual booking)
 $21.30  $4.26
 After School Care (permanent booking)  $27.20  $5.44
 After School Care (casual booking)  $32.20  $6.44
 Pupil Free Day (numbers pending)  $90.90  $18.18
 School Holiday Program (In house)  $90.90  $18.18

To support our families, we offer a causal booking option for our Outside School Hours Care services which incurs an additional cost.

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.

+MAX CSS is the out of pocket fee paid by families who qualify for the maximum Child Care Subsidy percentage (85%). The fees above are calculated at 80% subsidy 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 bookings 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.


Contact details

If you have any questions at all, contact us:



Lightning Reef Primary School
74-88 Holmes Road
North Bendigo
VIC 3552

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