Vacation Care at the Y is available in a range of locations across NSW, including Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Newcastle regions.
Our school holiday programs are jam-packed with activities designed to stimulate inquisitive minds, get kids physically active, and discover interests. Vacation Care is an opportunity for your child to meet new friends and socialise with others of different ages and diverse backgrounds. Our activity-based programs are developed by qualified educators who take into account individual children's interests and needs, aimed at providing a wide variety of experiences for all children to enjoy.
Activities can include:
The Y is committed to providing a fun, safe and nurturing environment for all children at all times.
Who can attend?
Our Vacation Care services are open to school aged children who are eligible to attend primary school. Whether you are an existing YMCA OSHC family or a new enrolment, you are welcome at any of our Vacation Care services.
To be eligible to use our Vacation Care services, children must be eligible to enrol at school. Children eligible to start school in 2020 and attending Vacation Care for the first time, may only attend scheduled excursions if a risk assessment, completed by the coordinator, identifies the child has the required level of maturity.
How much does it cost?
We are a Child Care Subsidy (CCS) eligible service, which means your out of pocket expense will vary based on your individual eligibility requirements. We have listed a full fee amount as well as the maximum reduction available (if eligible for full 85% subsidy and also have enough activitity hours for the day of care).
For your individual fee reduction and to check your CCS eligibility, simply log into MyGov and complete your CCS assessment, or speak to our OSHC Call Centre.
What do I need to bring?
Children are required to bring a water bottle and broad brimmed hat, as well as wear weather suited clothes and closed in shoes. For excursions, children must wear YMCA Vacation Care t-shirt. Children are required to bring their own morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea (unless specified on individual day that lunch will be provided).
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 OSHC
My daughter looks forward to every school holidays just so she can attend YMCA. She loves the people, educators, and fun activities. There are 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.
Kim L - Picton 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 and make my son feel right at home attending there. We love it.
Kylie H - Picton OSHC
My daughter has been coming to Picton YMCA since she started Kindergarten, both for After School Care and Vacation Care. 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
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.
Sonya F - Picton OSHC
My kids love going to the YMCA Picton Vacation Care. The staff are always so helpful and fun and the activities that are provided are great.
Tanya B - Picton OSHC
My two boys enjoy their time spent at YMCA Claremont Meadows. The educators are all lovely and the programs are always different and fun for kids.
Skye L - Claremont Meadows OSHC
My daughter loves coming to After School and Vacation Care. The care is amazing.
Melinda L - Hammondville OSHC
My children think it is really fun and loved to get to touch and create things on the sea creatures day.
Daniel M - Hammondville 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 was their own. Even I love Vacation Care!
Rochelle A - Hammondville OSHC