Vacation Care

Children eat healthy foodYarra's Vacation Care Program offers fun, low-cost activities for primary school-aged children.

Vacation care is available to all children who attend primary school, including children with special needs.

The program offers a range of exciting excursions and interesting activities, all supervised by Council’s qualified and experienced vacation care staff.

BOOK ONLINE NOW: Vacation Care Spring Program 2016

The spring vacation care program will run from Monday 19 September to Thursday 29 July 2016.

Booking forms must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 9 September 2016.  Families with children with additional needs (ISS funding) must contact the Team Leader by 4pm Friday 2 September.

Places for the program are allocated according to Council's Priority of Access Policy.

See the links below for information on:

Locations

The Vacation Care program is held at the following locations in Yarra: 

  • Atherton Gardens, 125 Napier Street, Fitzroy
  • Collingwood College, Islington Street, Collingwood
  • Richmond West Primary, 25 Lennox Street, Richmond
  • Merri Creek Primary School, 173 Miller Street, Fitzroy North and Spenlsey Street Primary School, 193 Spensley Street, Clifton Hill (on rotation)

Activities - Spring 2016

See the activities for the winter vacation care program below or download the brochure: pdf format Vacation Care Spring 2016 (302.83 KB)

*If the Atherton Gardens program booking numbers are too low, that program will merge with one of the other service locations.

Please note: Merri Creek opens for families at 10am on the 19th September 2016

Date

Atherton Gardens

125 Napier St. Fitzroy

Tel: 0438 205 422

Collingwood College

Islington St. Collingwood

Tel: 0438 205 224

Richmond West

25 Lennox St. Richmond

Tel: 0412 418 194

Merri Creek                       

175 Miller St. North Fitzroy

Tel: 0438 205 243 10AM Start

Week 1        

Mon 19 Sep

Swimming at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre , Bentleigh East

Splash and play in the Pirates ship with water cannons and small slides, climb over the inflatable or try out the two water slides. Height restriction above 110cm.

Please pack bathers and towel.

9.30am – 3.30pm EX     

 

 

The Zen Zone

Gather around a fire pit toasting marshmallows or salute to the sun yoga style and experience a tea ceremony.

IN

Wheeltalk!

Discover sport for athletes with a disability and learn to play wheelchair basketball!

9.30am – 2.30pm  

INV

 

Swimming at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre , Bentleigh East.

Splash and play in the Pirates ship with water cannons and small slides, climb over the inflatable or try out the two water slides. Height restriction above 110cm. Please pack bathers and towel.

10.45am – 3.30pm EX

 

 

Tue 20 Sep

Lost in Space

Danger Will Robinson!

Be inspired by the 1960’s American show in creating a land of silvery robots and way out space suits.

IN

Movies at Balwyn Cinema and Hayes Paddock

9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

 

Roller City, Bayswater

Join in the fun of roller skating or roller blading.

10.00am – 2.30pm

EX

 

Wheeltalk!

Discover sport for athletes with a disability and learn to play wheelchair basketball!

9.30am – 2.30pm

INV

 

Wed 21 Sep

“Sporticas”@Richmond West

A fun day of physical games run by our resident atheletes  Ned and Tim.

9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

Lost in Space

Danger Will Robinson!

Taking inspiration from the 60’s cult classic.  Be part of this interplanetary experience of silver suits and kooky robots.

IN

“Sporticas”

A fun day of physical games run by our resident athletes’ Ned and Tim.

IN

 

The Zen Zone

Gather around a fire pit toasting marshmallows or salute to the sun yoga style and experience a tea ceremony.

IN

Wed 21 Sep

Grade 4/5/6 EX BBQ picnic at Middle Park Community Playground and Digital Hub@ The Arts Centre

EX 9.30am  – 4.30pm

Play, BBQ and create your own tunes and beats in the music composition workshop at the Arts Centre. 

Thursday 22 Sep

Spring Fair@Collingwood College

9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

Spring Fair@Collingwood College

IN

 

 

Spring Fair@Collingwood College

9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

Spring Fair@Collingwood College

9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

 

Fri 23 Sep

The Zen Zone

Gather around a fire pit toasting marshmallows or salute to the sun yoga style and experience a tea ceremony.

IN

Swimming at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre, Bentleigh East.

Splash and play in the Pirates ship with water cannons and small slides, climb over the inflatable or try out the two water slides. Height restriction above 110cm. Please pack bathers and towel.

9.30am – 3.30pm EX

 

 

Movies at Balwyn Cinema and Hayes Paddock

9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

Lost in Space

Danger Will Robinson!

Taking inspiration from the 60’s cult classic.  Be part of this interplanetary experience of silver suits and kooky robots.

IN

Week 2

Mon 26 Sep

Movies at Balwyn Cinema and Hayes Paddock 9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

Life is a Circus!

Step right up and join our circus camp. Be a clown, juggle some plates us your bendiest move.

IV

 

 

Werribee Zoo EX

9.30am-3.30pm

 

 

Movies at Balwyn Cinema and Hayes Paddock 9.30am – 3.30pm

EX

 

Tue 27 Sep

Melbourne Fringe Festival Jugg Life:kids

An explosive fusion of dynamic live percussion and juggling.

Also running @Kids Club: Dance the Pacific!  Uncover the art of Polynesian dance and storytelling to celebrate life.

EX 9am – 2.30pm

 

Werribee Zoo EX

9.30am-3.30pm

 

 

Crazy Bikes

A mad ride on a range of crazy style push bikes, tandem bikes and monkey/clown bikes 

10am – 2.30pm

IV

 

Me Melbourne Fringe Festival Jugg Life:kids

An explosive fusion of dynamic live percussion and juggling.

Also running @Kids Club: Dance the Pacific!, Uncover the art of Polynesian dance and storytelling to celebrate life.

EX 9am – 2.30pm

Wed 28 Sep

Up Up and Away!

Superheroes rule! Design and make your costume, capture a photo of yourself in flight, make a meal fit for a superhero!

IN

Crazy Bikes

A mad ride on a range of crazy style push bikes, tandem bikes and monkey/clown bikes 

10am – 2.30pm

IV

 

Melbourne Fringe Festival Jugg Life:kids

An explosive fusion of dynamic live percussion and juggling.

Also running @Kids Club: Rainbow Cactus, celebrating diversity and inclusion for rainbow families.

EX 9am – 2.30pm

 

“Sporticas”

A fun day of physical games run by our resident athletes’  Ned and Tim.

IN

 

Wed 29  Sep

Grade 6 and Yarra Youth Services combined Groove in the Gardens – Atherton Gardens, Napier Street Fitzroy EX 9.30am  – 4.30pm

Thu 29 Sep

 Werribee Zoo EX

9.30am-3.30pm

 

 

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Jugg Life:kids

An explosive fusion of dynamic live percussion and juggling

Also running @Kids Club: Shake, Shimmy, Shim Sham, Sha BAM!, Dance your way to celebrate the magic of all body types.

EX 9am – 2.30pm

 

The Zen Zone

Gather around a fire pit toasting marshmallows or salute to the sun yoga style and experience a tea ceremony.

IN

Werribee Zoo EX

9.30am-3.30pm

 

 

Fri 30 Sep

Grand Final Public Holiday

 

Atherton Gardens

Collingwood College

Richmond West

Merri Creek

 How to book

Step one:

You must complete and return the 2016 Out of School Hours Care Enrolment Form:

pdf format Out of School Hours 2016 (231.10 KB)

Your completed enrolment forms can be submitted by:

  • Mail to Vacation Care, PO Box 168, Richmond, VIC 3121 (*must mail out 4 working days before deadline). 
  • Email to vacationcare@yarracity.vic.gov.au
  • In person at Richmond Town Hall (333 Bridge Road), Collingwood Town Hall (140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford) or Connie Benn Centre (160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy) on weekdays from 8.30am - 5pm. 

If you are unable to download the booking and/or enrolment form, the forms can be mailed out to you if you contact Council's Vacation Care Program on 9205 5479.

Step two:
Complete the online booking form by clicking the link: Online bookings.

Booking forms must be submitted by Friday 9th September 2016. 

To request a hard copy booking form, please contact Vacation Care on 9205 5482.

Step three:
Once the completed enrolment and booking forms have been received and processed, we will contact you by phone or email to confirm your booking.

Please note: new bookings cannot be processed until all outstanding fees have been paid, or a payment plan has been agreed to. If you require assistance in this matter please contact Vacation Care on 9205 5482.

Payment:
At the end of each Vacation Care program we will send you an invoice with the amount you need to pay. Payment can be made by:

  • Mail a cheque or money order to: Vacation Care, Yarra City Council, PO Box 168, Richmond, 3121 (*must mail out 4 working days before deadline). 
  • Cash or EFTPOS at Richmond Town Hall (333 Bridge Road, Richmond) or Collingwood Town Hall (140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford) or the Connie Benn Centre (160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy) on weekdays from 8.30am - 5pm.
  • Direct debit from your credit card or bank account. Call Vacation Care on 9205 5454 or9205 5482 to register your details.
  • BPay – details will be sent with your Vacation Care invoice.

Hours of operation

Each day of the Vacation Care Program generally operates from 8am – 6pm. The times specified in the table above relate to when excursions will occur within the day. NOTE: Merri Creek opens at 10am on Day 1 (Monday 19 September).

Children must arrive no later than 9am. If you are running late please call the service your child is attending on the mobile numbers provided above.

Fees

EX - Excursions: $60
IN - In-House activities: $50
Merri Creek first day $50 per child
IV - In-house visits: $60

Families who have registered for the Child Care Benefit with the Family Assistance Office can pay a reduced fee. The Family Assistance Office can be contacted on 13 61 50. The line for non-English speakers is 13 12 02.

Meals

Council provides breakfast cereal (for children who have not had breakfast) and an afternoon snack. Please provide your child with a nutritional morning snack, lunch, and a bottle of water. Please do not provide your child with any food that includes nut products.


 

Further information
Deanne Halpin
Out of School Hours Team Leader
9205 5479
vacationcare@yarracity.vic.gov.au

 

Mon 27thJune

Animals in the Park

Dress as your favourite animal and adventure into the playground of Melbourne Museum, Carlton.

9.30am–2.30pm

EX

 

Transport: Children will be walking to the park. Staff to child ratio: 3–4 adults to 9–12 children.

 

Animals in the Park

Dress as your favourite animal and adventure into Gahan Reserve playground, Abbotsford.

9.30am–2.30pm

EX

 

Transport: Children will be walking to the park. Staff to child ratio: 5–6 adults to 40–48 children.

 

Horrible Histories

Travel back in time to discover the grisly, squishy and the downright Orrible!

IN

 

Animals in the Park

Dress as your favourite animal and adventure into Quarries Park Playground, Clifton Hill.

11am–3.00pm

EX

 

Transport: Children will be walking to the park. Staff to child ratio: 5–6 adults to 40–48 children.

 






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