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 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.


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 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.


Fees must be paid before holidays commence. 

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KOOSH Vacation care will be held at

Katoomba North Public School

Entry via Mistral St, North Katoomba

 KOOSH Care Costs & Enrolment Information 

We do our best to keep costs as low as possible for families. Our 2023 fees are:

Before School Care: 7-9am $23 per session

After School Care: 3-6pm $35.49 per session 

Vacation Care: 7am-6pm $50 per day 
Pupil Free Days: 7am-6pm $50 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.


  • 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 > 



  • 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 Coordinator

Tel: 02 4782 2533 or 0478 166 352


Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm

Due to water damage in our building, we are currently operating from,

Katoomba North Public School.

Entry is via Mistral Street,

North Katoomba.


Please call if you need any assistance with directions.

 Submit an Enquiry Online  


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