The Y NSW provides Before and After School Care for more than 10,000 children across NSW.
We create a fun, safe and inclusive environment where children can make new friends and build confidence outside of the classroom. Our focus is on providing an enriching and engaging place for children to have inspired minds and active bodies.
Every day is a different opportunity for children to learn something new! Our experienced Educators tailor programs for each child’s interests and ideas using the My Time Our Place framework. This nationally approved evidence-based framework emphasises the benefits of providing children with a broad range of opportunities to participate in a variety of leisure and play-based activities.
Depending on their interests, they may engage in:
• Arts and crafts
• Drama, dance and music
• Quiet reading and games area
• Group games
• Leisure and more.
Please note, quiet space is provided for children who wish to use their time to complete homework, however Educators are unable to offer individual help as they need to supervise all children.
We understand that an organised and well-resourced environment promotes individual and collaborative play and development. We ensure thoughtful and sufficient play resources and equipment are provided for a range of activities and programs, fostering holistic and varied education and care experiences for the children.
Children should bring a hat, a water bottle and all food required for the day. Children should also bring any personal items to support their individual care needs (e.g. medication or change of clothes).
Before School Care: We help children get ready for the school day by serving a nutritious breakfast and providing a range of engaging activities.
Before School Care is offered from 7am to 9am.
After School Care: Once the school day is done, we help children wind down. We offer a nutritious afternoon tea and a mix of activities where children can socialise, increase their skills, build knowledge and broaden their horizons.
After School Care is offered from 3pm to 6pm.
The staff are always friendly and nice. The place is well organized and clean.
Catherine N. - All Saints OSHC
My son loves going to Vacation Care, Jen and the team are always caring, helpful and accommodating. My son loves wheels days, craft days and sports activity days. Thank you for everything you do!
Bianca S, - Picton YMCA
We are very happy with the service at YMCA Panania North. Shannon and other staff are very friendly and genuinely love working with children. Nathan’s always looking forward to going to before and after school care.
Viet and Nathan - Panania North YMCA
Picton YMCA provide an exceptional service that allows me to have peace of mind when I am at work, that my child is engaged and cared for during the holidays. It makes the work / life balance act easier as my child is always so happy to come and I know he is safe and having a great time
Angela H - Picton OSHC
My boys are going to vacation care, playing with friends, outings and the activities keep them entertained over the holidays. As the working parent id be lost without YMCA! I’m happy knowing they will be safe and engaged whilst in their care
Caroline D - Picton OSHC
My daughter loves coming to YMCA before and after school and for vacation care. She says it’s so much fun and there’s lots of grown up stuff to do compared to her last daycare/ OSHC. The staff and Jennifer are amazing and dedicated to making things fun and safe for the kids. Lovely fun environment.
Jemima M - Picton OSHC
Miss Warde and Miss Sandra are super awesome educators, my kids love them!! They love coming here.
Yammie G. - Smithfield YMCA
My son was a little hesitant about attending OSHC initially but within a day or two he commented on the new friends he had made. Over the past 2 years that he has been attending, his circle of friends has grown significantly. He has grown his interest in reading by utilising the reading corner at the Centre and has learned how to play chess! The carers are incredibly warm and friendly for the children and parents alike, yet are also extremely professional in their handling of any minor disputes between the children. I would have no hesitation in recommending the OSHC centre at Padstow Park to other families and look forward to my daughter being cared for by the lovely team in 2020.
Kate S. - Padstow Park YMCA
Friendly staff, happy child, fun activities
Lauren - Smithfield YMCA
My daughter loves to come to YMCA Picton, every afternoon she doesn’t want to leave or ask me to come back later. Having the time frame of 6:30am to 6:30pm opening hours and the option of Vacation Care really helps our work life especially with drop off + pickups. “I love spending time with my friends and educators its really fun”
Samantha M - Picton OSHC
Ryley attends after school care at Picton YMCA three days a week. She always looks forward to attending, especially on Wednesday’s when Rosebud from PAWS comes to visit. Jennifer and the staff are always friendly and helpful. Ryley has recently been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and needs to eat gluten free. Jennifer has helped Ryley and I transition with information and supplying gluten free options for Ryley to have at afternoon tea.
Ryley B. - Picton OSHC
YMCA All Saints Liverpool is a great center, my kids enjoyed the school holiday program. They wish to come back again.
Souha M. - All Saints OSHC
My daughter Ava looks forward to every school holidays just so she can attend YMCA. she loves the people, educators + fun activities, there is always new and exciting excursions that she loves and I love hearing about. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to take such good care of her knowing how much fun she has! Thanks!
Ava L. - Picton OSHC
My kids love going to the YMCA Picton Vacation Care. The staff are always so helpful and fun and the actives that are provided are great. It’s also great that breakfast is supplied and afternoon tea as the kids are there all day.
Tanya B. - Picton OSHC
Miles loves attending YMCA. I feel very comfortable leaving him before and after school because Miles is always so happy to come and the carers do a wonderful job creating a caring and stimulating environment for the children. YMCA has really helped Miles and I settle into his new school.
Angela and Miles - Picton OSHC
Shannon and all the staff are very friendly and approachable, they engage children in games, arts, experiments. Nathan always looks forward to going to YMCA in the afternoon / Morning The YMCA always wants to improve their service; they go beyond their way to accommodate the children and parents.
Parent - Panania North OSHC
Having vacation care means I can go to work for longer hours and I know my kids are happy and enjoy going. “We loved messy day and the twister! Every day is different and the activities are great The kids are always so happy to go to YMC and the staff are so great"
Tanya B - Picton OSHC
My children love playing cricket, 44 home and talking with friends. Staff are very nice
Marie P. - Smithfield OSHC
Bianca seems to like the staff and enjoys attending. It gives Bianca a change to socialize with other children outside of school hours.
Simona M. - Smithfield OSHC
My daughter loves coming to after school care and vacation care. The care is amazing.
Parent - Revesby North OSHC
My daughter loves coming to Vacation Care because of the variety of activities available. She has formed many friendships and the staff look after my child like she as their own. Even I love vacation care!
Parent - Panania North OSHC
Lillian has been attending before and after school care and vacation care at YMCA Picton for around 2 years.We are so happy with every aspect. Knowing that we can trust Jennifer and the staff to not only entertain Lily for those hours, but nurture and love her means the world to us. Each school holiday is excitement over what activities are on offer. Lillian’s favourite was going to Wannabees town and dressing up. We love that she has opportunities to do things that even if we had time off, we just wouldn’t be able to do every day. Thank you to all the staff for the wonderful experiences past, present and future.
Skye and Lillian - Picton OSHC
I love sending my son to YMCA, the staff are always accommodating and my son loves being able to play sports and the PAWS Pet Therapy sessions.
Bianca and Cameron - Picton OSHC
I loved YMCA as the staff very friendly and helpful every time I need help. My daughter love to go YMCA.
Thi V. - All Saints OSHC
Jade absolutely loves YMCA. I feel comfortable and know Jade is well looked after. We both love the great educators and the support. Great location and facilities.
Sue C. - All Saints OSHC
My son loves coming to Vacation Care. The activities they do are amazing, his favourite so far is the visit to the wildlife park. The staff are very caring and friendly ad make my son feel right at home when attending there. We love it.
Kylie H. - Picton OSHC
My daughter has been coming to Picton YMCA since she started kinder both for ASC and VAC. She enjoys the variety of activities that the service provides and the company, friends and educators. The educators provide passionate and enthusiastic care and are always there for the needs of the children. My daughter loves her educators and always speaks highly of them.
Samantha M. - Picton OSHC
Noah enjoys OSHC because he gets to play lots of games. When I pick Noah up from the centre he is always happy and gets excited about the activities. Staff are fantastic and involve me and keep me updated with Noah’s progress.
Parent - Revesby North OSHC
Isiah enjoys attending as he’s made friends, has lots of variety of thing to play with, and he gets to play on computer. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor activities based at various age groups. To see Isiah’s progress, what he’s been going and linking it with his development. Staff inform me of special events and Isiah’s progress at times. Staff are always available if I have any questions about programs. I think it is a good service
Parent - Revesby North OSHC
My children think it is really fun and love we to to touch and create things on the sea creatures day.
My children think it is really fun and love we to to touch and create things on the sea creatures day. - Revesby North OSHC
As with all services it is the people within an organization that make the difference and the staff at Smithfield are exceptional and a credit to the YMCA Business. In short great staff make great service.
David L. - Revesby North OSHC
My kids love the excursions the best, visiting some great places with their friends. The teachers are fantastic and know how to make it a fun day. Thank you.
Sonya F. - Smithfield OSHC