Parents | Before & After School Care (Cool Care)

The Program

The Out of School Hours Program at Watsonia North Primary School is affectionately known to the school community as 'Cool Care'. Our service is a licensed high quality program. Cool Care operates before and after school hours, Monday-Friday during school terms, on Pupil Free Days (if minimum number of 20 attendances is obtained) and on Prep Early Finish Days (if a minimum attendance of 10 children per day is obtained).

Before School

Before care operates from 7.15am-8.45am, serving breakfast between 7.30-8.00am if required. Our menu consists of a large variety of cereals, toast, raisin toast, muffins, fruit, yoghurt, milk and water.

After School

After care is available following the school bell at 3.30pm and opoerates until 6.00pm. Following roll check, an afternoon snack including fruit, a variety of nutritious foods and a drink is offered to the chidlren on arrival from their classrooms. Drinks are available throughout the sessions.

Venue

The program is held in the Performing Arts & Physical Education Centre with access to the kitchen and toilet facilities as well as all outdoor areas of the school.

Attendances

Our program is available to all families enrolled at our school. We request all bookings are made prior to the session required, as it provides the staff with the necessary requirements when planning for staffing and activities as well as ensuring the child's safety and attendance. The service may be used on a regular or casual bases, or if an emergency arises. Messages for staff may be left on our answering maching 24 hours a day by calling 9432 3213. Calls will be returned upon request when staff are next in attendance.

BOOKINGS AND CANCELLATIONS ARE TO BE MADE DIRECTLY TO COOL CARE NOT THROUGH THE SCHOOL GENERAL OFFICE. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ENROLLED PRIOR TO ATTENDANCE. Cool Care is operated independently from the School Office.

What Does the Program Offer Your Family?  

Cool Care offers children a caring, safe, relaxing and stimulating environment. Experiences are many and varied with both indoor and outdoor activities available. Included in these activities are basketball, rounders, bat tennis, chalking, skipping, hoops, sandpit play, cricket, soccer, football, athletics, tabloid and group games, outdoor playground equipment as well as full use of all school amenities. Our indoor experiences include art and craft, construction, language and reading (with provision for homework), drawing and colouring, board and floor games, drama, dancing, computers and chess, as well as indoor sporting activities including table tennis.

Staffing

Two staff members are in attendance at all times during sessions, with a required ratio of 1 staff member per 15 children present. All staff are Level 2 First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Emergency Asthma Management trained with knowledge in Diabetes management.

Fees and Payments

Before Care sessions are $12.00 per child per session. After School session fees are set on a sliding scale with one child costing $14.50 per session, two children $24.50 and three or more children, $36.00 per family. Pupil Free Days are $60.00 per child for a full day of care and $40.00 for half a day. End of term day after care session, has an additional hourly charge of $7.50 per child, per hour.

Annual registration is $15.00 per family.

Cool Care is an approved service offering families a reduction in fees through Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate following family income assessment through Centrelink. To ensure entitlements are available it is necessary families contact the Family Assistance Office/Centrelink on 136150 to activate their child’s Centrelink registration in our service. Centrelink office hours are between 8.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to Friday or alternatively online at www.centrelink.vic.gov.au

The Cool Care program's Reference Number is 555007862B.

Families will be requested to provide us with relevant details within our enrolment form to correspond with information required through Centrelink. All personal information will be held in confidence.

Payment of fees is required by Friday afternoon each week for permanent bookings, and at the end of each day for casual users. It is greatly appreciated if correct money can be tendered or payments be made by cheque.

For further information regarding 'Cool Care', please contact Jenny Watts (Coordinator) on (03) 9432 3213 (24 hour answering machine), or alternatively by email to Jenny at: watts.jenny.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

Stay cool .... Jenny Watts (Coordinator)