School holidays are a fun way for your child to create new experiences, make friends and learn from experienced educators.

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about our school holiday programs.

  • What to wear (clothing)

    To ensure your child feels comfortable and can engaged in all activities, we ask they wear the following: 

    • Comfortable clothing
    • Closed shoes and socks
    • Hat for sun protection (all year round)
    • Warm clothing for cooler months
    • Clothing that is suitable for art activities – leave the good clothes at home!
  • Items to bring (food, safety gear)

    We ask that your child brings the following items each day:

    • Pack a healthy, nut-free, morning tea and lunch,
    • Drink bottle for water,
    • Some spare clothing (just in case),

    Your child may need to bring additional items for specific activities. Please refer to the programs special notes under your relevant location.

    For example, your child would need to bring a helmet and safety gear for Bike and Scooter Day.

  • Activity types and arrival times

    Our School Holiday Programs offer the following types of activities:

    • In house: Children remain on-site for a fun day of activities.
    • Incursion: We are visited by an external provider to undertake an activity with the children.
    • Excursion: A day outside of the service where we visit an exciting destination.
    • Arrive by: 9:00am for in house and incursion days, 8:30am for excursion days.

    Please note that some excursions may require an earlier arrival time. Your OSHC Coordinator will inform you of this in advance.

  • Contact details and location

    Each School Holiday Program location has a profile page on this website that lists its contact details and address.

  • Behavioural support

    Positive and respectful behaviour is always promoted and encouraged.

    If you have strategies in place that will support your child to have a great day, please contact your OSHC Coordinator at least two weeks in advance.

    This will ensure we can create an appropriate environment and organise suitable resources to support their time at the program.

  • Health and medical needs
    If your child has specific Health Care or Medical Needs, please contact your School Holiday Program in advance, where your OSHC Coordinator will advise you on the relevent documentation needed.

    For any diagnosed health care and medical needs such as but not limited to Anaphylaxis, Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy you are required to bring completed:
    • An In Date Action Plan signed by a doctor
    • Medication in the original packaging, labelled with your child's full name and in date
    • Completed YMCA Medical Authorisation (only if medication is required at the program)
    • Risk Assessment to support your child at the program
  • Subsidies (CCS and additional support)

    Our YMCA School Holiday Programs qualify for the federal governments Child Care Subsidy, which may reduce your out of pocket fees.

    Your family may qualify for additional funding/subsidy support. However, a minimum of six weeks notice is required to start the application process.