Outside School Hours Care
Benowa Early Learning Centre’s Before and After School Care Program has been running for over 18 years involving the children from Bellevue Park State School.
It is the aim of Benowa Early Learning Centre to offer a high quality of care to all children at the centre. Benowa Early Learning Centre offers care for children, Before and After School Care, between the hours of 7 – 8.30am and 2.45 – 6.30pm.
Specific days for children that require before or after school care are required to be booked, in advance. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure the centre is notified, in advance, if there is a change to any details relating to the care of your child/ren.
On arrival for Before School Care, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child is signed in using the OASIS electronic sign in system and delivered to the appropriate room. Signing your child in is important to ensure that your fees are still covered by the Child Care Benefit. Hence if your child is absent, to be eligible for the Child Care Benefit, you will be asked to verify the absence by email alert later the same day, or when you are next at the centre.
The educators will then, at approximately 8.30am, collect the children and sign them out to walk over to the school.
On walking to and from the school the educators will model appropriate road safety rules and always walk across the road using the school crossings. The children will walk in pairs. The educators will walk the children into the school grounds and seat them in the under cover canteen area until the 8.40am bell rings. Prep children will be delivered to their classroom area.
To ensure there is an educator to greet the children once the class is dismissed, at 2.45pm, our Outside School Hours Care Coordinator will be on the school grounds with a roll of children’s names to collect for After School Care, standing in the agreed area. At 2.45pm, an additional 2 educators will arrive at the school to assist with collection of children.
It is the children’s responsibility to ensure they wait in the area they are told, to enable departure to the school oval, where there will be games until departure at 4.45pm. Children then walk back over to the centre, following correct road rules.
The children will be instructed to walk in an orderly fashion in two lines. This way it will enable staff at the front of the line and rear of the line to maintain effective supervision. Whilst every care will be taken in picking up each child listed on the roll, it is the responsibility of each child to be signed in and present in the undercover area of the school.
On arrival at Benowa Early Learning Centre, the children will respect and treat the younger children with care at all times.
The children enrolled in Before and After School Care will have time allocated for them to complete homework if required by parents, as well as having activities prepared for them to participate in, in an area away from the main group of other children. Children feel better and behave well when they are given a snack mid afternoon so our after school care program includes freshly prepared Afternoon Tea each day.
Whilst at Benowa Early Learning Centre, the children will be guided in terms of right and wrong in accordance with the centre’s philosophy and policies.
The educators in After School Care have a preventative discipline policy and rely heavily on praising the appropriate behaviour. The children are also given special helpers jobs to promote self-esteem and self worth.
Guidance will be undertaken by the teachers in charge of the group remembering that guidance begins with:
It will be discussed with children at the beginning of Before and After School Care, what the rules are and their purpose. This will unite and focus the group on doing the right thing. The rules will balance the rights and responsibilities of the children and set the boundaries to give everyone a fair go regardless of age, development, background and gender.
The children will be encouraged to find consequences that are reasonable; this will be a part of the group discussion on doing the right thing and being responsible.
Setting the boundaries will help to ensure each child’s experiences while at the centre are enjoyable and each child is given respect and the best care possible.
HOURS OF CARE
BEFORE SCHOOL CARE: 7AM TO 8.30AM
AFTER SCHOOL CARE: 3PM TO 6.30 PM
The centre runs a Vacation Care Program, 4 times over the year. Your child must be booked in prior to the holidays. Please note: days booked will be charged for due to limited vacancies. We only take a limited amount of places (and less on excursion days) so it is advisable to book your required days of care when bookings open (approximately 4 weeks prior to each holiday period).
Things we do at Vacation Care:
There is a program handed out for each Vacation Care period. The program includes:
- Art/Craft day
- Fancy dress day
- Video and popcorn day or the Movies
- Pancake and ice-cream day
- Transport day
- Hamburger day
- Concert and play day (where children act out their favourite concerts and plays)
- Kindy Disco
- Beach and sandcastle day (with music and sand)
- Picnic in the park and sausage sizzle
and lots of enjoyable play. We utilise the school oval where we play hockey, soccer and skipping races on the adventure playground.
Before and After School Care & Vacation Care Fees