If your child needs quality care during school holidays, is between five and 12 years old, and enrolled in primary school – they will love YMCA School Holiday Programs!

About us

We're proud to support families in Ashburton with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre.

This program is run by YMCA Children's Programs – part of YMCA Victoria.

Next program

Bookings are now open for our Spring 2022 School Holiday Program based at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre.

The program runs between Monday 19 September to Friday 30 September, on weekdays.

We've prepared a range of engaging experiences that will spark your child's interests and connect them with new friends.

Current families can sign into My Family Lounge to make a booking.

New to our programs? Follow the steps outline on our School Holiday Program Bookings page.

Date

Activity details

Week 1
Monday
19 September
A Trip Into Space
We’re exploring space and our solar system from earth! Make a rocket, and discover the wonders of outer space.
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75
Tuesday
20 September
Movies
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: $101.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75
Wednesday
21 September
Smoothie Creations
Imagine, make and taste! Today you get to master your entrepreneurial skills by making creative, delicious and nutritious blend smoothies!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75
Thursday
22 September
Public Holiday
Friday
23 September
Public Holiday
Week 2
Monday
26 September
Fantastic Gymnastics
We’re heading to Boroondara Sports Complex for a gymnastics workshop. Get ready for some jumping, twisting and balancing.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $101.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75
Tuesday
27 September
Flipping Fun
Get your comfy clothes on, we’re going trampolining! Heaps of tramps, foam pits and challenges to keep everyone active and entertained.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $101.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75
Wednesday
28 September
Bricks 4 Kids
Learn about construction and engineering with the team from Bricks 4 Kids. We’ll build models using LEGO® Bricks and Robotics.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75
Thursday
29 September
Ninja Warriors
Join in a super fun obstacle course which combines athletic skills such as movement, running, jumping, climbing, balancing.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75
Friday
30 September
Pyjama Party
Simply roll-out of bed and head over in your PJ's! We're having pyjama party fun, building epic forts and cooking!
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
Note: Lunch orders $10.75

  

Lunch orders

Our Ashburton program has access to catering services from the café located within Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre (APARC).

Families can submit an online lunch order with the APARC café for each day their child attends our School Holiday Program.

How to submit your order:

  1. Register or login to School Lunch Online.
  2. Go to My Account and select 'Add Users' in the User Details tab.
  3. Select YMCA Ashburton as the school you are ordering from. Enter your child's name and year level.
  4. Go to My Orders and select the date your child is attending our program.
  5. Select your preferred menu items and them to cart. Repeat this for each day you wish to place an order.
  6. Go to the Shopping Cart and follow the prompts to submit payment,

Please note the following:

  • menus are open two weeks prior to the next program;
  • orders close at 4:00pm the day prior;
  • families still need to provide snacks for morning and afternoon tea;
  • lunch order fees are not covered by your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlements.

Activities and learning outcomes

YMCA School Holiday Programs offer a variety of activities to interest your child, such as:

  • arts and crafts
  • music and movement area
  • outdoor and physical space
  • puzzles and board games
  • reading and quiet space
  • science, nature and sensory activities
  • incursion and excursions.

Strict departure hours apply for excursions (please note the times when booking the activity).

Session times

To accommodate our families, we offer YMCA School Holiday Programs between 7:30am and 6:00pm during the holidays (see the 'Next program' section above for dates).

 

Co-located programs

Ashburton YMCA School Holiday Program is run through Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre, which is run by YMCA Victoria and owned by Boroondara Council.

The following services are also available at this location:

What to bring

  • Lunch and snack (nutritious & NUT FREE)
  • SunSmart hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Weather appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Where activity involves water, please bring swimwear, towel and a change of clothes as required

 

Inclusion

We believe in an inclusive society for all children and families. Children with additional needs are welcome to attend our program. Families must contact the OSHC Coordinator at least four weeks prior to the holiday program to discuss the individual needs of your child and complete any funding applications. Find out more about inclusion at YMCA Children's Programs.

Activity types, prices and subsidies

YMCA School Holiday Program runs three types of activity days, which include:

  • In house: activities run by our Educator Team;
  • Incursion: activities run by visitors to our service;
  • Excursion: activities run at an off-site location.

Each activity day incurs a separate cost that is confirmed prior to each holidays when bookings are opened.

Program tables are available to view under the ‘Next program’ section, prior to the start of each school holiday. These detail the daily activities types and associated fees. 

Fees listed on program tables are not inclusive of any Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlements, which may reduce your out-of-pocket expense.

 

Debit process

Our programs operate on a fortnightly debit cycle, which withdraws payment for the next two weeks of care your family has booked.

If you book an additional day of care during our School Holiday Program, your account will be back charged in the following debit cycle.

Visit our debit process page for a list of forthcoming debit dates.

Bookings and enquiries

To enrol your child in a YMCA School Holiday Program or submit a booking request, go to the bookings page for step by step instructions on how to to get started. Bookings are managed through an online system called My Family Lounge.

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

 

Location

Ashburton YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre
8 Warner Avenue
Ashburton
VIC 3147

Other programs available at this location