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.
What is OSHC?
Outside School Hours Care, also known as OSHC, is supervised care, play, and education for school-age children after school, and school holidays.
High-intensity OSHC children living with a disability
At Lifely, we specialise in high-intensity OSHC services for families with a child or children living with a disability attending specialist schools.
Children living with disabilities often need a more focused, tailored approach to afterschool care than their typically developing peers.
We support families 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 and during school holidays.
Our educators plan a wide variety of activities every day, including themed days, excursions, and special guests. The children can practice their social skills with the support of higher staff ratios.
We operate OSHC programs after-school and during school holidays at the following schools across regional Victoria and Melbourne’s outer west.
Scroll down to enrol your child in your local OSHC program.
Lifely’s OSHC Philosophy
Our OSHC program provides a warm, fun, and safe environment that connects and cares for children, young people, support workers, families, and the community.
We nurture your child’s physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual wellbeing by providing an environment that encourages them to get involved, take risks, and explore nature.
We are invested in delivering high-quality programs led by qualified, capable, passionate, and engaged support workers and volunteers.
We respect diversity by acknowledging our families and the community’s cultural backgrounds, languages, values, and contributions.
Learn, Play, Grow
We are committed to providing an engaging educational program that supports your child’s needs and interests. Which is why, our after-school and holiday care programs were developed using a strength-based approach. It takes into consideration the following frameworks:
Our team of dedicated educators and support workers are passionate about working with children with a disability and good-quality education. They also have the following traits and qualifications:
- Level 2 first aid and CPR certificate
- Anaphylaxis training
- Asthma Management training
- Working with Children Check
- NDIS Worker Registration Screening
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 children and young people 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.
These experiences are designed to encourage every child to participate. However, we acknowledge that engagement and participation may differ between children. We appreciate that your child may need periods of rest and relaxation; therefore, we have areas available for children to rest when needed.
Our team also creates a personal profile for each child in our care based on their goals, passions, and strengths.We aim to create the following outcomes for your child:
- Enthusiastically nurture their ideas, interests, and capabilities
- Incorporate your feedback and insights into their care plan
- Incorporate their routines and transitions into their OSHC care
- Provide engaging learning opportunities delivered by well-trained support workers.
We track your child’s progress towards their goals through stories and reflect on ways to extend their learning in the future
You can learn more about the National Qualify Framework and disability standards by visiting the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority and the Australian Department of Social Services websites.
Enroling your child in Lifely OSHC
We love welcoming new families into our OSHC program!
Our program is open to every student who attends the specialist schools with which we partner. More detailed information can be found in our comprehensive OSHC Family Handbook.
However, there may be times when the popularity of your local OSHC program is greater than the number of spaces available for students. If this is the case, we will add your family to the waitlist for the next available place.
Enrolment packs can be collected from your school’s office or by contacting your local OSHC Coordinator. Alternatively, you can enroll your child online by selecting their school from the list below.
Bendigo Special Developmental School
Kalianna School Bendigo
Melton Specialist School
Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School