Do you have a child attending Bendigo Special Developmental School or Kalianna School Bendigo? Do you need specialised after school and holiday care to work, study or take care of family commitments?
Don’t fret; we provide high-quality outside school hours care (OSHC) programs at both Bendigo schools tailored to the needs of children living with disabilities.
What is outside school hours care?
What do you do when the school day has finished, but your day hasn’t? How do you keep your child busy during the holidays while you work or study?
The answer for many families is outside school hours care, also known as OSHC. OSHC is supervised care, play, and education for school-age children after school, and school holidays.
We operate OSHC programs tailored to children with disabilities at Bendigo Special Developmental School and Kalianna School Bendigo.
Specialised OSHC for special needs families
Children living with disabilities often need a more focused, tailored approach to after-school care than their typically developing peers.
We support families just like yours to balance their work, study and home commitments while providing a safe environment for students to learn and play with their friends after school.
Our educators plan a wide variety of activities every day, including themed days, excursions and special guests. The children have the chance to practice their social skills with the support of higher staff ratios. On average, our programs have one staff member for every two children or young people.
Confident and connected kids
Our after-school care program was developed using a strength-based approach. It takes into consideration the following frameworks:
My Time, Our Place Framework for School-Aged Care
Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
National Quality Standards
NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework
Our motivation each day is to make sure your child feels confident, happy and connected to their world. We create a supportive environment that helps kids feel comfortable exploring their interests and taking the next step in their learning and development. Our strengths-based education program is designed to foster their social, creative, and physical skills through art and craft, cooking, games, support with homework and more.
Our team also creates a personal profile for each child in our care based on their goals, passions and strengths. We track your child’s progress towards their goals through stories and reflect on ways to extend their learning in the future.
School Holiday Program
The fun of OSHC doesn’t stop at the end of the term. With carefully designed programs that cater to children living with disabilities, your kids will be asking to come back for more!
We coordinate school holiday programs for Bendigo Special Developmental School and Kalianna School Bendigo and one for families who attend other schools and education providers. If your child attends another school, please contact us to discuss your enrollment.
Some of the activities we have planned include games, art, music, movement, excursions, cooking, coding, sensory experiences and more.
Educators you can trust
We’re proud of our team of passionate educators, who are professionally trained to provide children living disabilities with the best care in a fun, friendly environment. All our educators complete regular training and are certified in:
- Level 2 first aid
- Asthma Management
- Working with Children Check
- NDIS Worker Screening
- Comprehensive criminal history check
Our program has higher support ratios to look after your child’s individual needs. Your child’s support is determined by a range of factors, such as:
- Help with self-care such as toileting and changing
- Help with eating and drinking
- Physical care needs
- Behaviour Support
Contact us if you have any questions about our support ratios or your child’s care.
Our OSHC services are part of the state-wide Demonstration Program pilot and are free for eligible families. The Victorian Government provides funding to deliver the Demonstration Program. It is managed by the Department of Education and Training.
How to enrol and book sessions
To enrol your child in OSHC or join our waitlist please contact our OSHC Team Leader on 1300 799 421.
Once your child is enrolled, you can start booking your sessions with our Xplor app.
Xplor gives parents the flexibility to make bookings, cancel bookings and notify the OSHC team of absences via their mobile phones. If you need help installing and logging into the Xplor app, please let our educational leader know.