About KOOSH Out of School Hours Care Service
Katoomba Out Of School Hours care service provides before school, after school and vacation care to families with primary school aged children, between 5-12 years of age. We aim to provide a high-quality care service to local families who require it while working, studying or in need of respite. We strive to create a safe, happy and relaxed environment where all families feel welcomed and accepted and we have been doing so for almost 40 years.
Our program consists of planned educational experiences and spontaneous unstructured play drawn from our interactions with the children. KOOSH’s child focused approach encourages every child to express themselves creatively and to feel valued.
KOOSH Open Hours & After School KOOSH Bus
Before & After School Care: 7-9am & 3-6pm
Vacation Care: 7am-6pm
Pupil Free Days: 7am-6pm
Our dedicated KOOSH Bus collects children from the three local primary schools and travels to KOOSH with KOOSH staff on board. The cost of travelling on the KOOSH bus is included in our fees. In the mornings, children are walked to the bus stop outside of KOOSH and seated on the public bus service to all schools.
WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR JUNE/JULY VACATION CARE
See more on our Vacation Care Programs below >.
OUR INDOOR SPACE
Our indoor space has a large kitchen and eating area, perfect for cooking in groups, making afternoon tea and catching up with each other at breakfast.
We have a Lego room with enough Lego to be seen from space, a visual arts and craft area, a quiet reading area with books, puzzles, plenty of board games and card games.
We also have an electronic media space for children to play educational or active games, and to watch films during rest times. (Parents/carers provide specific consent for films to be viewed and children are limited to 15-minutes on iPads and game consoles.)
OUR OUTDOOR SPACE
Our outdoor space has a large grassed area, asphalt area, a sandpit and soft fall area with play equipment including monkey bars, swings, a tunnel slide, balance bridge and climbing net. We have balls of every size, skipping ropes, badminton, mini trampolines and even stilts!
Our staff organise games like soccer, cricket, hide and seek and tip. There are natural shaded areas amongst the trees where children can sit and relax with friends. The veranda is where children come together at meal and snack times. We also have Sustainability Corner with a worm farm, our return and earn project, a mini garden and a recycling and composting station.
KOOSH Vacation Care Programs
KOOSH runs a Vacation Care Program each school holiday period. We only close for operation for 2-3 weeks over the Christmas period and public holidays throughout the year. Our holiday program is available for families by the end of week 6 each school term. View our program for the next holidays below, or click on the PDF icon to view a full page version.
Breakfast is available during Vacation Care for children arriving before 7:50am, however parents and carers are required to ensure children bring their own healthy food and drinks each day for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Booking early is essential as spaces are limited and fill quickly. Bookings are required 2 weeks before the end of school term and fees must be paid before holidays commence. You can download a PDF of our booking form here.
KOOSH Care Costs & Enrolment Information
We do our best to keep costs as low as possible for families. Our 2020/21 fees are:
Before School Care: 7-9am $22 per session
After School Care: 3-6pm $35.49 per session
Vacation Care: 7am-6pm $48 per day
Pupil Free Days: 7am-6pm $48 per day
A fully refundable Bond of $100 per family is required. An annual equipment fee of $22 per family will be charged with your first statement.
TO ENROL YOU CAN EITHER...
Call Cate Thompson our Centre Coordinator on 02 4782 2533 or 0478 166 352
Complete an online enrolment form via our Hubworks website here >
Download, complete and send a paper enrolment form here >
BEFORE COMMENCING CARE PLEASE...
Ensure your Childcare Subsidy Claim has been approved by Centrelink
Provide us with a copy of your child’s up-to-date immunisation register statement and birth certificate
Ensure you have paid the required Bond of $100 per family
Call us or send an Email
KOOSH OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE & VACATION CARE
Tel: 02 4782 2533 or 0478 166 352
Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm
Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre
6-10 Station Street, Katoomba NSW 2780
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