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 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.
Enrolments and fee structure
Bookings are required for After School Care, and may be made at any time by contacting the Director.
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.
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.
Download the enrolment form
Download OSHC Fee Schedule 2020
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.
- Mr Benjamin Searle, Director of Child Care
- Miss Louise Kaden, Assistant Director of Child Care
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
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