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CONTACT US

YMCA Geelong School Holiday Program Contact Details
25 Riversdale Rd Newtown 3220
Community Programs Coordinator Phone: (03) 5223 2714 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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PARENT HANDBOOK

Please see the link below for our parent handbook. If you have any questions, concerns or contributions please ensure you communicate these to the Community Programs Coordinator, Kimberley Maher.

 

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CHANGES FEES & PAYMENTS

Fees: 

  • $67.50 per child per day – centre-based day
  • $94.00 per child per day – excursion days
  • NDIS - $22.35-29.75 per child, per hour (as per aligning line items)

The Geelong YMCA is a Commonwealth approved childcare provider.
The program is subsidized through the Childcare Benefit Scheme (CCB). Daily fees can be reduced by applying Child Care Benefits, please see the ready reckoner link below to assist you to estimate your fees.
Please see the program brochures for more information on daily activities and costs.

CHANGES TO CCB AND CCR – TRANSITION TO CHILD CARE SUBSIDY

On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy will replace the current child care fee assistance payments. Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay.
In April 2018 all families currently in receipt of Child Care Benefit and/or Child Care Rebate for approved care will receive a Centrelink letter about transitioning to the Child Care Subsidy.
You should follow the instructions in your letter and go online to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim for Child Care Subsidy as soon as possible.

Further information is available here: https://www.education.gov.au/new-child-care-package-transition-families

What happens if I do not complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim before 2 July 2018?
It is important that your family takes action now to prepare for the Child Care Subsidy to ensure your eligibility and entitlement is assessed. You should complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim before 2 July 2018 to ensure you don’t miss out on child care fee assistance from 2 July 2018. The new subsidy cannot be paid to your service on your behalf if you do not take action.

If you currently receive:

Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate as a fee reduction for approved care

You will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment by providing your 2018-19 family income estimate, your activity details, child school status and confirming your child’s enrolment. These details can be provided through your Centrelink online account via my.gov.au or through the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Child Care Benefit as a lump sum

You will need to complete a full Child Care Subsidy claim online. If eligible and entitled, your Child Care Subsidy will commence on 2 July 2018 and will be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce your child care fees. You should complete your claim for Child Care Subsidy online as soon as possible, as from 2 July 2018, new claims can only be backdated up to 28 days. You will need to go to my.gov.au and use your Centrelink online account to claim. If you do not already have a myGov account, you can create one at my.gov.au and link it to your Centrelink online account.

Grandparent Child Care Benefit

You will already have received a letter from Centrelink outlining the new evidentiary requirements for the Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent). You will need to go online to provide your Child Care Subsidy information and apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent) – this is when the documentary evidence to confirm your relationship to your grandchild and that you have 65% or more care of your grandchild will be required.
Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA)
You will need to complete an online assessment for Child Care Subsidy. You will then receive a second letter from Centrelink in June 2018 setting out how to apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (transition to work).
Special Child Care Benefit (financial hardship)
You will need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment. If you are assessed as eligible for the Child Care Subsidy, you will be able to apply for Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship) online from 2 July 2018.

It is highly important that families provide the relevant information to YMCA School Holiday Program in order for fees to be properly calculated. We require all children BIRTH DATES and CUSTOMER REFERENCE NUMBERS (CRN's). We also require the BIRTH DATE AND CRN of the parent who is linked to the child/ren.

PAYMENT OF FEES

All families will be required to submit a Direct Debit Form (see further down).
Families will receive an invoice/statement as confirmation of tentative booking prior to each program. This will detail the service fees as well as list an estimate for any CCS
Please note that invoices/statements generated prior to each program are estimates based on your eligibility for Child Care Benefits & Child Care Rebate. An invoice/statement with calculated fees can only be produced after attendances have been submitted after the program has concluded.

Families may notice that there are slight differences between the estimated fees and the calculated fees. This is not in the control of YMCA Geelong and information is calculated based on each individual family’s CCS. The Child Care Management System cannot always produce an accurate figure until after the program and once the attendances have been logged. Any outstanding fees should be paid promptly.
If a credit remains families can choose to leave the credit until next using the program, transfer the credit to other YMCA program fees, or request a refund by submitting in writing individual bank information.
Any families experiencing significant financial hardship are encouraged to speak with the Community Programs Coordinator, Kimberley Maher. Please phone 5223 2714 to discuss.

DIRECT DEBIT

All families as of 2016 will be required to provide a Direct Debit form as per the links below for access to YMCA Geelong’s School Holiday Program.
Please note that these debit forms have a different code to those used for gymnastics programs at the YMCA.
Families will receive communication in relation to debit dates prior to debits occurring.

pdfClick Here to download the Direct Debit Form

 

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SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


MEDICAL FORMS

INCLUSION SUBSIDY SUPPORT FORMS

ISS forms must be completed for any child with a diagnosis of having an additional need (eg. ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, etc.). The Health Care information form must be completed by a medical professional (GP, Psychologist, Pediatrician, etc.)
The remaining two forms are to be completed by the family.
Children with additional needs will not have a confirmed booking until all three forms have been submitted (minimum 3 weeks prior to program)

ISS forms must be completed for ANY child with a diagnosis of having an additional need (eg. ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, etc.).
The two forms here must be completed and submitted with all registration/booking documentation and are to be completed by the parent/guardian of the child/ren.
ALSO REQUIRED
*A supporting letter from an Allied Health Professional, stating that the child is either undergoing an assessment, or has a diagnosis

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT PLAN

To assist YMCA School Holiday Program staff to better care for your child we require as much information as possible.
If your child has an existing Behaviour Management Plan in place at school please ensure you provide a copy of this when submitting your registration & booking forms.
If your child has a history of behavioural concerns but doesn’t have a plan in place please ensure you consider completing the Behaviour Management Template as per the link below.
This does not impede your child’s chances of participation, it betters our ability to care for your child.

docxBehaviour Management Plan Template

 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

VENUE

25 Riversdale Road
Newtown, Vic 3220

OPENING HOURS

Monday-Friday 7:30AM – 6:00PM
School Holiday Program operates during all Victorian school holidays. Not open for School Holiday Program on Public Holidays.

SIGNING IN/OUT

All children must be SIGNED IN upon arrival at the centre. Children must be signed in by 9:00am.
Sign in sheets are grouped as:

  • JUNIOR – Grades Prep/1
  • INTERMEDIATE - Grades 2/3
  • SENIOR - Grades 4/5
  • GRADE 6 & OVER – (as is)
  • CAMP EXCURSION – all children booked for day trips to Camp Wyuna

There are 5 separate attendance sheets as per grouping. Parents must sign in each child in their relevant grade groups.
ALSO, on days where there are excursions planned, there will be a "Permission to Attend Excursion Form" which will be situated next to the sign in/out sheets.
Please ensure that when signing in your child/ren, you also complete this form. Failure to do so may mean that your child/ren will not be able to attend the excursion for that particular day.

Children are generally only grouped by age when marking attendances, when going on excursion or if specialised coaches/instructors visit the YMCA to deliver activities.
Children, at all times, have CHOICES and may choose to participate in the activities they like. This may mean interacting with different age groups throughout the day.
If, when being grouped for special activities, children wish to go in a different group , they need only communicate this to staff.

Our daily activities include both excursions and centre-based activities.
A wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities are provided for the children, and these range from sports and games, to art and craft, healthy eating, team sports, gymnastics, large and small group activities, children’s video’s, drama and music activities and much more.

All children booked in on days of excursions will be expected to attend however participation is not compulsory. Families will, however, still be charged the excursion day fee.
We encourage parents, guardians and children to be involved in the planning of these programs to ensure that their child/ren’s needs are being met. This can include cultural diversity, general interests or seasonal-relevant activities.

Program information for each school holidays will be available from reception, most schools in the Geelong area as well as on the website. Information is also sent directly to those registered for the calendar year via email and post, and to those who request to be on the mailing list for future programs.

 WHAT TO BRING

All children are required to have

  • Snack for the morning
  • Lunch
  • Snack for the afternoon
  • Refillable drink bottle
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Warm clothes (cold weather)
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat (broad-brimmed or legionnaires)

 

TRANSPORTATION

On days where families book to attend Newtown/Camp activities, children will be transported by a 25 seat bus, driven by a qualified YMCA staff member. Where program numbers exceed capacity for a 25 seat bus, one will be sourced from McHarry’s Buslines driven by a qualified McHarry’s bus driver.
On days where other program excursions are scheduled, children will be transported by a McHarry’s coach bus.

LUNCH ORDER THURSDAYS

YMCA Geelong School Holiday Program offers Lunch Order Thursdays. Our nearby cafe, Workers Gourmet, will supply staff and children with tasty food each Thursday of the Vacation Care program.
Please ensure that your child’s name and order are written on an envelope, inside of which should be the correct amount of money required for their lunch order.
YMCA staff will deliver these lunch orders to Workers Gourmet each Thursday morning immediately after marking the roll, and will collect them at lunch time – at approximately 1:00pm.
Please note: All children must still be supplied with snacks for morning and afternoon as well as a refillable drink bottle.
Worker's Gourmet do NOT do pizza's

 

Contact Us

Newtown Stadium
25 Riversdale Road
Newtown, 3220
Phone: (03) 5223 2714

North Geelong
Victoria St (Arena Complex)
North Geelong, 3218
Phone: (03) 5223 2714

Camp Wyuna
71 Flinders St
Queenscliff, 3225
Phone: (03) 5258 1656

YMCA Bannockburn
132 Milton Street
Bannockburn, 3331
Phone: (03) 5281 2316

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