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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 Epping with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Harvest Home Primary School.

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

Next program

Bookings are now open for our Spring School Holiday Program which runs Monday 20 September to Friday 1 October 2021.

The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation within Victoria, this program will only offer in house activities facilitated by our educators.

The Victorian Government have introduced restrictions that limit who can currently access School Holiday Programs.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page for the latest detail on who can access the program under current Government Restrictions.

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
20 September
Steam Day
Today we will investigate how machines work, with drawing bots and DIY lamps, today it sure to loads of fun
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Tuesday
21 September
Movies
Lights, camera, action! Sit back and relax watching a movie at the service, along with popcorn and drinks.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 8:30am for start of activities.
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Wednesday
22 September
Sensational Science
We are bringing the excitement of Science to blow your mind with experiments of all size and shapes. It will be a fun filled days of activities. Challenge your curious mind in a fun and interactive environment.
Category: In house.
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 9:30am for start of activities.
Note: Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Thursday
23 September
Animal Mania
There is so much to learn about the creatures around us! Share your knowledge, learn cool facts and enjoy animal inspired creative activities.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 8:30am for start of activities.
Note:
 Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Friday
24 September
Public Holiday
The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.
Week 2
Monday
27 September
Teddy Bear Picnic
Children will have a "beary" excellent day building their own take home bear and attending a bear size teddy bear picnic
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Note: Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Tuesday
28 September
Pyjama Party
Simply roll out of bed and come in your PJ's! We're feasting on a brunch of pancakes, toasties, scrambled eggs and more. Then we'll relax with a movie and popcorn.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 8:30am for start of activities.
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Wednesday
29 September
Sandtastic Art
Get creative with heaps of sand inspired activities. Use your imagination to make kinetic sand sculptures and sand art masterpieces. 
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 9:30am for start of activities.
Thursday
30 September
Minute to Win It
Have fun with this exciting game as you just have ONE minute to master the skill and win yourself a prize!
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 8:00am for start of activities.
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Friday
1 October
Kids in the Kitchen
Start the day with decorating aprons and weaving placemats, then put them to use as we make some yummy food in the kitchen. Delicious!
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 9:30am for start of activities.
Note: Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

  

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 06:30 and 18:30 during the holidays (see the 'Next program' section above for dates).

 

Co-located programs

The Y also offers the following services at the same 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.

Prices and subsidies

Epping North YMCA School Holiday Program runs three types of activities, which each incur a cost: 

  • In house: $79.00
  • Incursion: $97.00
  • Excursion: $119.00
Program tables are available to view under the ‘Next program’ section, prior to the start of each school holiday. These detail the daily activities planned and associated fees. 

Please note: The fees above 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

Epping North YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Harvest Home Primary School
355 Harvest Home Road
Epping North
VIC 3076

Other programs available at this location or nearby