After School Care (OSHC)

The Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre operates a friendly supervised Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Service at Crown Street Public School. The service is open for ALL children. We provide quality care, recreation and play opportunities for primary school aged children (5 – 12 years) after school. There is time set aside for homework and staff will assist children where necessary.

Aims

  • To provide out-of-school hours service to all children in the area, inclusive of all abilities, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, family incomes.
  • To provide a safe and happy environment for children, thus enabling parents to pursue work, study and other activities.
  • To provide children with a range of activities and experiences that will assist their emotional, social, physical & creative development.
  • To create a warm, fair and friendly environment for children, parents/carers and staff.

Where: Crown Street Public School, 356 Crown Street, Surry Hills

When: 3 – 6pm during School term (excl. public holidays)

A nutritional afternoon tea is provided and included in the fee. Afternoon tea will be served at approximately 3:30pm.

Activities: Our OSHC programs are planned by staff in consultation with the children to offer a balance of structured and unstructured activities which aim to provide a stimulating, enjoyable environment with safe play opportunities, including:

  • Ball games
  • Sports/outdoor games
  • Indoor games
  • Drama
  • Construction
  • Art and craft
  • Computers
  • Cooking
  • Opportunities for quiet pursuits, such as homework and reading

Children are generally able to choose which activities they will participate in.

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Vacancies and Enquiries:  There are limited vacancies due to high demand. Please contact the Co-ordinator for all correspondence, bookings and enquiries as follows:

Enrolment: Please complete the SHNC Enrolment Form Crown Street OSHC and email to the address above.

Please note: If you want your children to be picked up by someone other than yourself, you need to give us written, signed and dated authorisation showing the name of the person picking up your child.

Fees: At Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre we believe that childcare should be accessible to all families in the local area. Our fees are kept as low as is possible to maintain the viability of the services. The daily fee for After School Care in 2016 is $20 per day per child. Parents/carers will receive an invoice at the start of each school term detailing fees. All payments are accepted by direct debit only. An initial one-off administration fee of $25.00/family is payable to enrol in After School Care.

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Childcare Benefits

A Childcare Benefit (CCB) is available to qualifying families to reduce the cost of OSHC fees. Application should be made to the Families Assistance Office by telephoning 13 61 50.

The Child Care Benefit (CCB) system is a policy of the Federal Government to provide a subsidy (rebate) for the costs to parents of child care.  The CCB is administered by the Family Assistance Office (FAO), which is a part of Centrelink.  The Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services (DFACS) is responsible for the FAO and federal government policy in the child care area. Contact the FAO on 13 61 50 (8am – 8pm) or www.familyassist.gov.au. The TTY service for those with hearing or speech impediment is 1800 810 586 and use 13 12 02 for information in languages other than English.

Fees have been determined to allow the SHNC to run a quality service. A survey of other centres shows that SHNC fees are at the low end of the range for fees charged. The amount that parents/carers will actually pay is determined by the CCB rebate rate that the FAO allocates to you: this rate is determined after assessment of your annual income.

Please note that your childcare benefit or childcare rebate can only be activated by advising the child and parent/carer customer reference numbers advised by the Families Assistance Office. SHNC can not apply for any rebate on your behalf without this information. It is your responsibility to make sure these details are advised and correct. 

Administrative Requirements

  • If you apply for fee reduction under the CCB, you need to complete an FAO form “Claim for Child Care Benefit to reduce your fees“.  (This claim form is available from Medicare offices, Centrelink Customer Service Centres and ATO access sites.) The FAO will then issue a reference number for your child.
  • Parents may choose to pay full fees at the Child Care service, and claim the CCB as a lump sum in their annual tax return. In this case, the form “Request for Customer Reference Number” must still be completed and submitted to the Families Assistance Office.