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Our New OSHC Provider

Helping Hands Network works in partnership with St Peters Public School to provide Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services to the school community.

Helping Hands Network tailors their programs to meet the local school community needs, providing much more than child minding. Programs are designed to develop stronger, healthier, happier children and to provide an environment that is like a "home away from home". Programs are developed in consultation with children, parents, the school community and Helping Hands Educators. They are tailored to cater to the children's age, skill, interests and abilities through a variety of challenging and recreational activities.

Before and After School Care

Care is available five days per week during term time.

Before School: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM  and After School: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location

The Outside School Hours Care room is located on site at St Peters Public School in St Peters All children attending the service must be dropped off in the morning or collected in the afternoon by an authorised person and signed in and out of the OSHC room. Children in Year 2 and above can walk straight from their classrooms. Helping Hands staff will pick up and drop off the Prep and Year 1 students and escort them to and from the OSHC room.

Meals

A healthy breakfast is provided at Before School Care and a healthy afternoon tea at After School Care. In addition to these meals, children also can participate in cooking activities and the occasional special treat.

Government subsidies

There are a number of schemes available to parents including;

Child Care Benefit (CCB) – CCB is a means tested benefit available to parents accessing Outside School Hours Care. The percentage benefit available to a family is determined by criteria including the number of children in care and household income. Helping Hands Network automatically lodges claims on behalf of parents, and only bills for the difference.

Child Care Rebate (CCR) – This rebate is available to all families, and entitles families to receive 50% of their out-of-pocket child care costs up to $7,500 per child per year. This can be claimed as a rebate paid quarterly. Alternatively, you can now arrange to have it paid direct to Helping Hands to reduce your upfront fee payment. If you would like to take up this second option, please contact Centrelink in the first instance, to make these arrangements.

Programs

Helping Hands Network tailors their programs to meet the local school community needs, providing much more than child minding. Their programs are designed to develop stronger, healthier, happier children and to provide an environment that is like a "home away from home".

Programs are developed in consultation with children, parents, the school community and Helping Hands Educators. They are tailored to cater to the children's age, skill, interests and abilities through a variety of challenging and recreational activities.

Cost to parents after CCB and CCTR

To get a quote, or to make an enquiry to use the service, please contact the Coordinator of the service directly on mobile 0409 915 708 or by email at StPeters@helpinghandsnetwork.com.au or the Helping Hands Help Desk between 8.30am and 6.00pm by phoning 1300 612 462 or on email at accounts@helpinghandsnetwork.com.au . Currently, places are available in Before School Care and After School Care.

For more information on Helping Hands Network, or information on enrolling at the

service: please visit the Helping Hands Network website at www.helpinghandsnetwork.com.au and select Our Schools/Families, and follow the prompts.

Parent Handbook

A copy of the Parent Handbook is available on request from the Program Coordinator or by contacting the Help Desk on 1300 612 462.

How to Enrol

We offer permanent or causal bookings to accommodate the needs of our families. To obtain a quote or to make an enquiry to use the service, please contact the Program Coordinator or Help Desk on the above numbers.

Enrolment forms are available from the school office or online at www.helpinghandsnetwork.com.au