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Outside School Hours Care

Hutchins Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) is based in the Early Learning Centre at The Hutchins School. We cater for boys (and girls in Vacation Care) between 3 and 12 years, and operate on ratios of one staff member per 10 children for ages 3–5, and one staff member per 15 children for ages 6–12. The service is operated by a team of staff with both qualifications and years of experience in Children’s Services.

Our aim is to create an environment in which the individuality, diversity and growth of children is actively encouraged and celebrated. We are a flexible, child oriented service that encourages free-choice and constructive play, while providing the encouragement, protection, security, stimulation and support that children need throughout early and middle childhood. Our aim is to provide an environment in which children truly feel that they belong by encouraging and creating relationships.

Before and After School Care

We offer our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 students Before School Care from 7.45am and After School Care until 6.00pm. Bookings are required, and may be made at any time by emailing the centre. All boys need to be enrolled with our Outside School Hours Care service before the booking can be confirmed. The enrolment form and fee schedule is available to download below.

Vacation Care

Vacation Care is offered to boys and girls aged 3–12 from 7.45am–6.00pm. Your child does not need to be a student at Hutchins to attend but all students (Hutchins and non-Hutchins) will need to be enrolled with our Outside School Hours Care service before making a Vacation Care booking.

Vacation Care programs are released 1–2 months in advance of the holiday period itself and will be emailed to parents/carers who have provided email addresses to the centre.

The April 2024 (Term 1) Holiday Program is available below. Spaces fill up quickly, we advise that you enroll your child as soon as practicable to save missing out. 

Term 2 2024 Holiday Program

Holiday Program Booking Form

Our Vacation Care programs are designed to be fun, stimulating and challenging. They provide an opportunity to explore the world around us and have a lot of fun in the process. Excursions are undertaken as often as possible and form an integral part of the service we offer. We believe holidays should be a time for children to relax, have fun and engage with new and exciting experiences every day. With that in mind, we have a large range of excursions, all specifically chosen to cater to your children’s interests.

All buses used within Vacation Care for excursions have seatbelts.

Staff ratio is always 1:10 on excursions.

Risk assessments for each excursion can be requested from the Outside School Hours Care Co-ordinator.

Vacation Care descriptions for Parents/Carers

Our program

We believe that this is our time and our place. Our program is geared toward empowering children to join with us making our centre a place where they can feel they belong; a place where they can be who they are, and become who they want to be.

Our professional, experienced staff provide a program and environment that allows your children the freedom to engage in any or all of the activities that the centre runs, or to occupy themselves productively with the other games and equipment provided. We create environments that are diverse, fun and challenging, understanding the value of play in the role of middle childhood development. We encourage the children in our care to explore, develop, socialise and learn and to be the very best people they can be.

Our centre is built upon the foundation of learning through play. Programs implemented at the centre are designed not only to be fun, but to provide interesting, diverse and challenging experiences that encourage children to develop self-esteem, independence and confidence through play. Children are actively involved in the program planning process, either through direct initiation of activities, or through staff-guided experiences, designed to meet the needs and desires of the children. We also provide a wide range of free play activities designed to allow your children to express their creativity, use their energy and engage with one another actively and appropriately.

Our free play resources include Lego, police, fire and ambulance Duplo sets, Hama beads, Zoobs, toy pirate ships, train sets, marble run, table tennis, pool and air hockey, puzzles, games, a puppet theatre, dress ups, home corner, and much more. Children are also encouraged to get outside and get active! We have a large range of toys and equipment designed for outdoor play, ranging from sport and physical play, to sandpits and a playground with large grassed area.


  • Miss Samantha Clark, Acting Co-ordinator of Outside School Hours Care (6221 4212)
  • Miss Louise Kaden, Assistant Co-ordinator of Outside School Hours Care

Please mail if you have any queries, including bookings.

ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority) – Exceeding National Quality Standards

Rated Exceeding National Quality Standards

The Hutchins School Children’s Service, including Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, OSHC and Vacation Care have an overall rating of Exceeding the National Quality Standards. The National Quality Framework offers a national approach to regulatory requirements, the assessment and rating of services and quality improvement processes across the early childhood education and care sector, including OSHC and Vacation Care.

Our rating of Exceeding highlights that as a service, we have gone above and beyond what is expected of a service to meet the quality standards. It shows that we have demonstrated consistently high-quality practice, commitment and understanding across all seven Quality Areas, and have shown our practice is embedded in all service operations, is informed by critical reflection, and that practice is shaped by meaningful engagement with our families and community.

The Exceeding rating demonstrates our ongoing commitment to children, families, and education, and that our service is dedicated to maintaining the highest quality learning environment.

Philosophy and policies

  • Centre Philosophy: OSHC and Kindergarten
  • Abandoned Child Policy
  • Absconded or Lost Child Policy
  • Admissions, Bookings and Fees Policy
  • Behaviour Guidance Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Clothing and Comfort Policy
  • Collection of Children Policy
  • Excursions Policy
  • Health and Hygiene Policy
  • Infectious Diseases and Immunisation Policy
  • Medication Administration Policy
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating Policy
  • Health and Safety Addendum
  • Parent Access and Information Policy
  • Program Planning Policy
  • Record Management Policy
  • Sleep, Rest and Relaxation Policy
  • Supervision and Staff Interaction Policy
  • Plants and Vegetation Policy
  • Medical Conditions Policy
  • Water Safety Policy
  • Children’s Services Philosophy

If you would like to view any of the above policies, please contact Mr Benjamin Searle, Policy and Compliance Manager.

To learn more about the opportunities we provide for boys to become their best, contact our Enrolments Assistant, submit an online Enquiry form or phone 03 6221 4236. We encourage you to book a tour with our Registrar as this is the best way to see our School in action. Read more…