Helping Hands OSHC
Helping Hands Network is working in partnership with Earnshaw State College to provide outside school hours care services to the school community.
The Helping Hands Network OSHC service is located under G block. All children attending the service must be dropped off in the morning or collected in the afternoon by an authorised person and signed in and out of the OSHC room each day.
Helping Hands Network tailors their programs to meet the local school community needs, providing much more than child minding.
Their programs are designed to develop stronger, healthier, happier children and to provide an environment that is like a “home away from home”.
Programs are developed in consultation with children, parents, the school community and Helping Hands educators. They are tailored to cater to the children’s age, skill, interests and abilities through a variety of challenging and recreational activities.
Before and after school care
Care is available five days per week during term time. Before school, the service operates from 6.30 am – 8.45 am. After school, the service operates 2.40 pm to 6.00 pm. Children can walk straight to and from their classrooms. Educators from the service pick up and drop off the prep and year 1 students and escort them to the OSHC room.
Vacation care and student free days
A full day program is available five days per week during school holidays, and on student free days from 6.30 am to 6.00 pm.
Helping Hands Network provides a healthy breakfast at before school care and a healthy afternoon tea at after school care. Breakfast, morning tea, and afternoon tea are all provided at vacation care. In addition to these meals the children also have the opportunity to participate in cooking activities and the occasional special treat.
Before school care: $14 per session
After school care: $20 per session
Vacation care: $44 per session
There are a number of schemes available to parents including:
Child Care Benefit (CCB) – CCB is a means tested benefit available to parents accessing outside school hours care. The percentage benefit available to a family is determined by criteria including the number of children in care and household income. Helping Hands Network automatically lodges claims on behalf of parents, and only bills for the difference.
Child Care Tax Rebate (CCTR) – This rebate is available to all families, and entitles families to receive 50% of their out-of-pocket child care costs up to $7,500 per child per year. This can be claimed as a rebate paid quarterly. Alternatively, you can now arrange to have it paid direct to Helping Hands to reduce your upfront fee payment. If you would like to take up this second option, please contact Centrelink in the first instance, to make these arrangements.
Cost to parents after CCB and CCTR (see above)
After CCB and CCTR, costs per child per session for a permanent booking range from:
Before school care: $1.98 up to $6.00
After school care: $3.18 up to $8.00
Vacation care: $1.53 up to $20.00
These prices are an estimate only and are based on one child in care.
For more information visit the Helping Hands Network website or email the Helping Hands Network.
To make an enquiry to use the service, please contact us. Our telephone number is 0448 371 401.
A copy of the parent handbook is available on request from the service coordinator, or by contacting the Helping Hands Network head office on (07) 5438 9549.
Please download and complete the following documents to enrol in the service: