Last updated Friday 20 November 2020

YMCA Children's Programs is following the Victorian Government’s roadmap for reopening which outlines key dates and steps relating to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.

In line with recent updates, our Early Learning and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) programs have resumed full service and are available to all families

We understand the second lockdown period has been challenging for Victorian families, as they managed work and personal commitments while also supporting their children to learn from home.

We hope the return of our programs eases this pressure on families while also providing children with much needed social outlets and learning opportunities.

Each of our services have developed comprehensive COVID safety plans tailored to their facility. These plans are in line with both internal YMCA and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requirements. 

If your family is ready to return to our programs, please sign into My Family Lounge to update your booking and enrolment details.

If your family is new to our programs:

Our Customer Service Team is available to answer questions you may have about the information on this page. They can be contacted by submitting our contact us form below or calling (03) 8371 0500 during business hours.

 

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Supporting your child’s return

The Department of Education has advised it is important for children to attend on-site as soon as possible, in line with the easing of restrictions. Having your child attending in person is the best way to support their wellbeing, learning and development.

We understand families may be anxious about their child returning to our services.

Please note the Victorian Chief Health Officer classifies early childhood education and care services as low-risk environments and restrictions were previously in place to reduce people moving around the community, not because these services are unsafe.

Each of our programs have developed COVID-19 risk mitigation measures in line with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and our own internal COVID-Safe procedures.

We have also implemented additional health and safety measures which include:

  • Contactless sign-in and out process
  • Distancing 1.5m from other families when arriving and leaving
  • Temperature checks on arrival (any child with a temperature above 37.5 degrees will not be permitted to attend)
  • Enforcing face coverings on all adults (not including staff) entering the site.

This page includes further details on the health and safety precautions our programs are taking.

We hope this information provides families with peace of mind that children will be safe and supported when attending on-site care.

If your family is ready to return to our programs, please sign into My Family Lounge to update your booking and enrolment details.

If your family is new to our programs:

 



Early Learning

Our Early Learning programs have resumed full service across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

All families with children aged six weeks to five years are able to access our programs, as permits to enable on-site attendance are no longer required.

Our educators have developed comprehensive COVID safety plans tailored to each individual centre.

We are excited to welcome children back in centre for more days of discovery and adventure.

If your family is ready to return Early Learning, please sign into My Family Lounge to update your booking and enrolment details.

If your family is new to our Early Learning:

 



Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

YMCA Children’s Programs is partnered with a variety of schools and community facilities to provide additional care options for families with primary school aged children (Prep to Grade 6).

These Outside School Hour Care (OSHC) services include:

These services are returning in a staged approach in line with the Victorian Government’s roadmap for reopening.




Before and After School Programs

Primary school aged children (Prep to Grade 6) are currently returning to on-site care in line with the commencement of Term 4 2020.

As a result, our Before and After School Programs are able to resume their full services to all families across Victoria.

The return to on-site care is happening in stages and is different for schools across regional and metropolitan areas.

  • Regional Victoria: children in Prep to Grade 6 returned to on-site learning on Monday 5 October.
  • Metropolitan Melbourne: children in Prep to Grade 6 return to on-site learning from Monday 12 October.

We are excited to welcome all children back for mornings and afternoons filled with discovery and adventure.

Our coordinators have been working with our school partners to develop comprehensive COVID safety plans for each facility. 

If your family is ready to return to our programs, please sign into My Family Lounge to update your booking and enrolment details.

If your family is new to our programs:

 



Pupil Free Days

To provide teachers an opportunity for future curriculum planning, schools regularly schedule days which students aren’t required to attend on-site learning.

Our OSHC services offer full days of care on these ‘Pupil Free Days’, to support families that require additional care options.

Selected locations are running Pupil Free Days in the last week of Term 4 2020 as  port of our Summer School Holiday Program.

Bookings for these days are also facilitated through My Family Lounge.

 



School Holiday Programs

YMCA School Holiday Programs are an opportunity for children 5 – 12 years old to grow and learn from new experiences over the school holidays.

Each location runs their own set of themed days, which deliver interest based activities that will spark discovery and adventure in your child.

Bookings are now open for our Summer School Holiday Program which runs from Monday 4 January to Wednesday 27 January 2021.

The four week program will run in over 20 locations across Victoria. They operate within local schools and recreation facilities.

However, some of our programs based in recreation facilities may be unable to run due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Each of our location pages have been updated with details on the programs  and themed activities they will be running.

Enrolments and bookings for this program will be facilitated through My Family Lounge.

Visit our School Holiday Programs landing page for further information.

 


List of metropolitan services

Site Name

Suburb

Early Learning Centres

Clyde North

Clyde North

Clyde North Moroak Crescent

Clyde North

Craigieburn West

Craigieburn West

Cranbourne North

Cranbourne North

Derrimut

Derrimut

Epping North

Epping North

Kororoit Creek

Burnside Heights

Mernda

Mernda

Narre Warren

Narre Warren

Pakenham

Pakenham

Point Cook

Point Cook

Tarneit

Tarneit

Taylors Hill

Taylors Hill

Truganina South

Truganina

Wyndham Vale

Wyndham Vale

Before and After School Programs (BASP) / Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Aitkens Creek Primary

Craigieburn

Barton Primary

Cranbourne West

Derrimut Primary

Derrimut

Featherbrook College

Point Cook

Harvest Home Primary

Epping North

John Henry Primary

Pakenham

Kororoit Creek Primary

Burnside Heights

Mernda Central Primary

Mernda

Mernda Park Primary

Mernda

Point Cook College

Point Cook

Taylors Hill Primary

Taylors Hill

Truganina South Primary

Truganina

Tulliallan Primary

Cranbourne North

Wilandra Rise Primary

Clyde North

School Holiday Programs (SHP) based in recreation facilities

Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre

Ashburton

Boroondara Sports Complex

Balwyn

Darebin Community Sports Complex

Reservoir

Macleod Recreation and Fitness Centre

Macleod

 



List of regional services

Site Name

Suburb

Early Learning Centres

Lightning Reef

North Bendigo

Happy Days Macarthur Square

Campbelltown, NSW

Torquay

Torquay

Before and After School Programs (BASP) / Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Armstrong Creek Primary

Armstrong Creek

Bannockburn Primary

Bannockburn

Castlemaine

Campbells Creek

Echuca Primary

Echucha

Holy Rosary Primary

White Hills (Bendigo)

Horsham

Horsham

Lightning Reef Primary

North Bendigo

St Francis Primary

Strathfieldsaye(Bendigo)

St Kilians Primary

Bendigo

St Liborius Primary

Eaglehawk(Bendigo)

St Monica's Primary School

Kangaroo Flat(Bendigo)

St Therese's Primary School

Kennington (Bendigo)

Torquay Primary

Torquay

School Holiday Programs (SHP) based in recreation facilities

 

Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Wonthaggi

Bellbird Park Indoor Centre

Drouin

Phillip Island Leisure Centre

Cowes

 



Health and safety measures

We understand there is heightened concern around the safety of sending children to child care and education services during this period. 

Please be assured we are taking every precaution recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to ensure the health and safety of the children, staff and families who attend our centres.

We have also implemented strict health and safety procedures which everyone who attends our services are required to follow. Some of these include:

  • Contactless sign-in and out process
  • Distancing 1.5m from other families when arriving and leaving
  • Temperature checks on arrival (any child with a temperature above 37.5 degrees will not be permitted to attend)
  • Stay home if anyone in your household is experiencing cold or flu symptoms

With these actions, and the increased vigilance of everyone adhering to restriction guidelines, we are best placed to keep the community safe and avoid the spread of COVID-19.

As always, please continue to take the necessary precautions at home to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Stay safe by:

  • Regularly washing your hands
  • Keeping at least 1.5 metres from other people
  • Staying home if you feel unwell
  • Wear face coverings when leaving the house

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested. The DHHS website has a full list of Victorian testing locationsavailable on their website

Use of face coverings

All adults across Victoria who are dropping off or collecting children are currently required to wear a face mask or covering.

Masks are not required for children in primary school below the age of 12. Some may choose to wear them while attending our services, and we encourage it,

Wearing face masks is not a requirement for people working in childcare. However, you may see our staff wearing masks at times. The Government is advising teachers to wear a face cover wherever practical at school but not while teaching.

 



Remaining vigilant

While restrictions continue to ease across Victoria, we must remain vigilant and not become complacent in our efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We all must play our part so we can return to normal as soon as possible.

If you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.

We will continue updating you on advice and information as it becomes available.

In the interim, you may wish to revise the COVID-19 advice listed on the Department of Education website.

This page also includes further details on the health and safety precautions our services are taking.

 



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