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Lightning Reef Primary School


74-88 Holmes Road
North Bendigo
VIC 3552

Programs offered

Before and After School Care

School Holiday Program

Before School Care opening hours

Monday to Friday
7:00am – 8:30am

After School Care opening hours

Monday to Friday
3:15pm – 6:00pm

School Holiday Program opening hours

Monday to Friday
7:00am – 6:00pm

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Lightning Reef Primary

Before and After School Program

We support busy Bendigo families with high quality care outside of school hours. Suitable for children between five and 12 years old, our programs are a great way to complement your child's learning.

We offer a mix of fun activities – from arts and crafts to sport and ball games. Whatever sparks your child's interest, our experienced Educators will make sure they have an amazing start and end to their day.

We'll provide a healthy breakfast in the morning and nutritious snacks after school.

We also offer a Pupil Free Day program throughout the school year, depending on booking numbers.

How to enrol   Prices



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School Holiday Program

Our Bendigo holiday program provides an opportunity for your child to learn from new experiences through a fun mix of activities, while making new friends along the way.

We offer a wide variety of interest-based in-house activities, themed incursions and exciting excursions. Our holiday programs are run by experienced Educators who help your child become more confident and independent.

Activities could include anything from seasonal craft activities to fitness challenges to becoming a scientist for the day. We run regular excursions too. In the past, we've headed to the local cinema as well as awesome indoor playgrounds.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming program – we'll share the schedule on this page about four weeks before the school holidays start.

How to enrol  Prices

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Winter Holiday Program

Bookings are now open for our Winter 2024 School Holiday Program! The program runs on weekdays from Monday 1 July to Friday 12 July 2024.

We've planned a bumper program of school holiday activities that will interest your child over the holidays. There are three different types of activity days.

Activity days

  • In-house (activities run by our Educator team)
  • Incursion (activities run by visitors to our service)
  • Excursion (activities run at an off-site location)

What to bring

  • Lunch and snack (nutritious and nut free)
  • SunSmart hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Weather appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Swimwear, towel and change of clothes as required (if an activity involves water)

You can also read our School Holiday Program FAQs.

The prices listed in the table below are the full fee for each day. If you're entitled to Child Care Subsidy, what you actually pay could be significantly reduced. 


Holiday activity details

Week 1          1 - 5 July 2024
1 July
Dress Up Party
What's your ultimate costume pick? Get ready to rock your favorite look for a day packed with exciting games and tons of fun!
Category: In-house
Cost: $90.90
2 July
Build a Bear
Today, we're diving into a world of softness and fluffiness! Get ready to create your own cuddly companion to cherish forever.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $105.90
3 July
Lights, camera, action! Sit back and relax, because we’re heading to our local cinema to watch the latest new release movie.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $130.90
4 July
Winter Wonderland
Get ready for a flurry of winter crafts inspired by the snowy scenes outside! After crafting, we'll head out to play in the winter wonderland and enjoy steaming cups of hot chocolate.
Category: In-house
Cost: $90.90
5 July
Magic Show
Get ready to be dazzled! A master magician is coming to bring the magic to life with an electrifying interactive workshop! Join the spectacle and unlock the secrets as you dive into your very own trick!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $105.90


Holiday activity details

Week 2          8 - 12 July 2024
8 July
Sports Day
Experience the joy of Soccer! Dive into the exciting world of Soccer, where you'll master new skills and have a blast!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $105.90
9 July
Mad Science
Prepare to have your minds blown with experiments of all shapes and sizes! Get ready for a day filled.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $105.90
10 July
Ninja Warriors
Join us today for some climbing and indoor playground fun at Little Ninja Warriors.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $130.90
11 July
Art and Craft
Explore Creativity with Guided Arts & Crafts! Let's dive into a world of color and fun as we create unique masterpieces together under expert guidance.
Category: In-house
Cost: $90.90
12 July
Disco Party
Put on your grooviest disco attire and join us for a festive party filled with dancing and singing along to all your favorite tunes.
Category: In-house
Cost: $90.90


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 Outside School Hours Care services at Lightning Reef Primary School.



You pay as little as*

Before School Care (permanent booking) $18.40 $2.76
Before School Care (casual booking) $23.40 $3.51
After School Care (permanent booking) $30.60 $4.59
After School Care (casual booking) $35.60 $5.34
Pupil Free Day (dependent on numbers) $102.30 $10.23
School Holiday Program (in-house) $90.90 $9.09
School Holiday Program (incursion)
Price available when each holiday program is released.
School Holiday Program (excursion)
Price available when each holiday program is released.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

Our programs qualify for the Federal Government's Child Care Subsidy (CCS). CCS helps eligible families access approved and registered child care providers by partially subsidising the cost of daily fees.

The 'Fee' price listed in the table above is the full permanent or casual daily fee for each program without any CCS entitlements.

*The 'You pay as little as' price is an example of how little you could pay if you qualify for the maximum CCS percentage (90%) as provided by the Federal Government. We've calculated this price to allow for the 5% withheld by Services Australia to reduce the chances of an overpayment.

When our holiday programs are open for bookings, you'll be able to see the prices for each activity on this page. These prices are the daily price and do not include any CCS you may be entitled to, which could significantly reduce your out of pocket expense.

Learn more about Child Care Subsidy or visit the Service Australia website for more information. We also recommend using this CCS calculator to estimate your new subsidy payments. 

Book your place

You can book into our Outside School Hours Care programs through My Family Lounge (our online booking system).

Read our 'How to enrol in Before and After School Care' and 'How to enrol in School Holiday Programs' guides to make sure you've got everything you need to book. You can also read our FAQs about Before and After School Care and School Holiday Programs.

Returning families:    Sign in

New families:             Register

Got a question? Feel free to submit an enquiry and we'll be in touch.

Holiday Program:      Enquire  Before and After School Care:  Enquire

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