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New childcare option

Thursday, 4th January, 2018

YMCA Educators Molly Clemens (left) and Kyara Fisk, along with OSHC Coordinator Angela Trembath, set up the vacation care equipment. YMCA Educators Molly Clemens (left) and Kyara Fisk, along with OSHC Coordinator Angela Trembath, set up the vacation care equipment.

By Kara de Groot

Parents will have another option for child care when the YMCA launches its new Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC) service next week.

The service will be based at Burke Ward Public School and provide after school and vacation care programs for 45 children.

YMCA OSHC Coordinator, Angela Trembath, said it is not exclusive to Burke Ward students, and is open to the whole community.

Children won’t leave the grounds, but will get visits from fire services, road safety officers, national parks and wildlife officers and more.

“There’s plenty of social opportunities for the children, as well as craft and drawing, construction, dramatic play,” Ms Trembath said.

“There’ll be quiet spaces for the kids as well, so a place to read and space to do puzzles,” she said.

“If any child has additional needs and perhaps needs more one-on-one support, additional staff will come on to help out with that, and the building has disabled access.

“We’ll provide morning tea, but parents or caregivers will need to provide lunch, a water bottle, a hat, that sort of thing.”

The program will run from 7am to 6pm each weekday for the next month, which Ms Trembath said should give mum or dad plenty of time to drop the kids off before work and pick them up after.

YMCA Area Manager, Shane Simmons, said Broken Hill families had been asking the YMCA to provide OSHC care, and they were pleased to be able to do so this year.

“We’re committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment where children can engage in a wide range of experiences,” Mr Simmons said.

“Our experienced educators work with the ‘My Time Our Place’ curriculum to tailor programs for each child we care for,” he said.

“It’s an evidence-based framework that emphasises the benefits of providing children with a broad range of experiences.”

The YMCA’s OSHC service will use a flexible direct debit payment system and allow families to access a number of child care benefits and rebates where applicable.

Registrations open on Monday, January 8 at the YMCA NSW website.

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