Outside Hours School Care

The TACAPS Outside Hours School Care caters for children who are enrolled in our Foundation to Year 6 classes. This includes Before School Care, Afternoon School Care and, in certain holiday periods, Vacation Care. A play-based leisure program is provided within a nurturing community environment. Under the leadership of the Head of Preparatory Years and our OSHC Service Coordinator, the qualified educators organise a program where the children’s engagement in a range of experiences allows them to feel happy, safe and relaxed, and to interact with friends, practise social skills, solve problems, try new experiences, and learn life skills.

Our Vacation Care Program will be held, where demand exists, in a number of key holiday time periods.

Location

Our Outside Hours School Care is located within the Discovery Lab within the Lower Roberts Building, adjacent to our Foundation Classrooms.

Framework

The My Time, Our Place Framework is our guide to support the planning and organisation of our Outside School Hours Care programs. The Framework takes a holistic approach with focussed attention on children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning. (My Time and Our Place, p.13) The fundamental elements of the My Time, Our Place frames the following learning outcomes:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.

Our Programs

Our educators actively encourage all students and families to contribute to the planning of learning experiences for all our programs, based on their interests and ideas. There is continuity of learning between the three programs, which provides children with quality play and leisure activities. Global, national, community and school events are incorporated within our daily, weekly, term and Vacation Care planning.

Learning Stories

Our Educators use a variety of strategies to collect, document, organise, and interpret the information that they gather about children’s wellbeing and enrichment to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. (My Time, Our Place p.16) Completing daily Learning Stories are one of our key tools with information shared including photos, children’s comments and observations. Parents are encouraged to view Learning Stories which are displayed on bench in the OSHC room.

Before School Care

Before School Care operates from 7:30am-8:00am. A variety of inside/outside activities will be provided for children to choose from. Some of these will include puzzles, sandpit, drawing and games.

After School Care

The After School Care programs operate from 3:30pm-5:30pm on Monday to Friday. You will be asked to indicate whether you would like your child to complete their homework.

  • 3:30pm A healthy and varied Afternoon tea is provided for the children.
  • 4:00pm Indoor activities and Outdoor Activities
  • 5:30pm Outside School Hours Care concludes.

Vacation Care

Vacation Care programs operates throughout the pupil free days and school holidays from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Themes and special days are collaboratively planned with the students. Examples of focus themes are: Mexican Cantina Day, Dance with the Stars and Ahoy Mateys.

Indoor Activities include:

  • Reading
  • Art and Craft
  • Puzzles and Construction
  • Imaginative Play
  • Music
  • Dance

Outdoor Activities include:

  • ‘Play for Life’ and Active After School Communities.
  • Visiting Regional Sporting Developmental Officers who organise specific sport skills clinics.
  • Free Play in our beautifully landscaped Outdoor Area.
  • Excursions to local community parks, museums and events.
  • Use of all TACAP's facilities including Tennis Courts, Ovals, Multi-Purpose Centre, Library and Swimming Pool.

Bookings

Bookings can no longer be made through School Reception. Bookings are now made through My Family lounge which can be found on Galileo, and under OSHC folder on our web page.


For a detailed list of all Outside School Hours Care Policies please contact our OSHC Coordinator on bmpoole@tacaps.qld.edu.au