Vacation care

We currently offer two vacation care programs in partnership with local schools across the City of Yarra.

We offer a range of activities onsite and offsite, focusing on our community, the environment, well-being and education. Our program is inclusive of all children.

Vacation care program locations

Select the links below to find more information. 

How do I enrol my child for vacation care?

We use the online management system Xplor for enrolments and bookings. Families are required to submit a completed enrolment before bookings can be accepted.

For first time families to our after school care and vacation care services, please select the location below to complete the online enrolment form.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for your enrolment to be processed. One enrolment per child is required and this can be shared across the three services if you want your child to attend more than one location.

If you have any questions please email aftercare@yarracity.vic.gov.au

How do I book into the Vacation Care program?

Bookings won't be accepted unless the enrolment process has been completed and confirmed. If you have not used our children's services before, please complete the online enrolment form that we refer to above.

Winter Vacation Care 2022

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Fees and payments

For a full list of fees across our childcare services, how to check if you can claim any subsidies and payment options please go to our Fees, subsidies and payments page.

The Federal Government has announced subsidised childcare for eligible families who need support through the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit the Support for families with children during COVID-19 page. You can also visit our COVID-19 information hub for service changes information.

Payments

All families are required to set up a direct debit. Payment will be debited from your nominated bank account fortnightly: current fortnight plus 2 weeks in advance.

Changes or cancellations with a refund of fees will be accepted by the booking deadline.

Centrelink do offer Additional Child Care Subsidy to assist with paying fees, find out more on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

What to bring

Please provide morning tea, lunch, additional snacks and a refillable water bottle. We provide an afternoon snack. As we have children with allergies attending, please do not bring nut products to the program. Please provide a wide brimmed hat as part of our SunSmart policy.

Times

Each day of our vacation care programs operate from 8am to 6pm. The times specified in the brochure specify when excursions will occur within the day.

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.

Transport

The types of transport will include seat belted coach buses, mini buses, public transport and walking. This will be stated under each excursion when completing bookings.

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 refillable bottle of water. 

Please do not provide your child with any food that includes nut products.

What do children do during the vacation care program?

The Vacation Care programs offer a variety of fun and age appropriate activities including indoor and outdoor games, art and craft, excursion and in house activities. 

All experiences have a focus on enjoyment and leisure for primary school age children, in a safe and stimulating environment. 

A risk assessment has been prepared for each excursion and routine outing. In the instance that an excursion is booked to capacity, in-house activities or in-house visits are offered to families as an alternative.

Who works for the vacation care program?

Our vacation care employees are qualified and experienced staff members who have all successfully completed a National Police Check, Working with Children Check, first aid qualifications and other relevant training.

The Vacation Care program follows the National Quality Framework, including the Education and Care Act & Regulations 2011 and the National Quality Standards.

We offer inclusive programs for all children.

Please contact the program prior to enrolment if your child requires additional support or if you require further information on the Inclusion Support Program.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

No child should attend vacation care if they are unwell.

  • Yarra is committed to protecting the health and safety of your child during our winter program.
  • We’re following strict hygiene practices, and undertaking frequent cleaning consistent with current Department of Education guidelines.
  • Parents will be required to drop off and collect their children outside in the foyer areas. If you would like to speak to the supervisor, please email or call the service mobile.
  • Read more about changes to Yarra's services due to COVID-19.

Further information