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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 Pakenham with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at John Henry 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
Circus Spectacular
Have fun and try out tricks as we learn circus skills today. Practice balancing, twirling, spinning, and juggling. Feel good as you master new skills.
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Tuesday
21 September
Olden Days
Today we will re-create a historic village and step back in time attending an interactive 1900's school class. Learn about life then and now and explore the activities children participated in. 
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Wednesday
22 September
Sensational Spring
It is the start of a new season, join us for lots of crafty activities all about Spring. 
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Thursday
23 September
A Day with Clay
Learn to create a oven baked clay keyring, clay sculptures and sustainable planet friendly keep sakes made from clay.
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
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
Bubble Ball
Step inside an inflated bubble ball for some fitness, fun and laughs! Bounce, bump and play safely in an inflatable ball suit!
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Tuesday
28 September
Picnic at the Park
Eat yummy food and relax on a picnic! We’ll take it easy and walk to the local park and enjoy fresh air, good company and delicious food.
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of activities.
Note: Please advise us of any dietary requirements. Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Wednesday
29 September
Outdoor Games
Join us for a day filled with fresh air, friendly competition and giant games! Have you got your A game on?
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Thursday
30 September
Dinosaur Day
Join us for a RAWRsome day as we go back in time and explore the dinosaurs.  
Category: In house
Cost: $78.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Friday
1 October
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: $78.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Children are encouraged to wear themed clothing or dress ups. 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 or nearby:

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

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

  • In house: $78.00
  • Incursion: $98.00
  • Excursion: $118.00
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

Pakenham YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

John Henry Primary School
141 Henry Road
Pakenham
VIC 3810

Other programs available at this location