Caralee Before and After School Hours Care
The service runs from Caralee Community School and provides care for up to 50 children every day.
Children can play, relax and even finish their homework in the safety of the YMCA’s before and after school care centres.
Supporting families and their children in a fun and stimulating environment is all part of our before and after school care that caters for children in Kindergarten through to the age of 12.
Your children will be cared for in an environment where we take responsibility in helping school-aged children meet their emotional and educational needs.
They will hang out with their friends and meet new friends which will help develop the social skills that come from sharing a meal together or playing a game.
Hours of Operation
- Before School Care: 7.00am until school starts
- After School: school finishes until 6.00pm
- Supervisors are able to be contacted from 1.00pm in the afternoon
All YMCA before and after school centres are staffed by qualified and experienced professionals who receive regular industry training.
Fees and Rebates
Please be advised, as of 4 January 2021 our fees will be changing.
- All eligible families will receive the Government's Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit subsidy.
- Before School Care permanent bookings $25.00 per day, casual bookings $27.00 per day.
- After School Care permanent bookings $35.00 per day, casual bookings $37.00 per day.
A Typical Day for your child
Breakfast offered to all children, regardless of what time they arrive
- Flexible and relaxed atmosphere as we help children prepare their minds and bodies for the school day
- Inside and outside activities available and dependent on the personalities of the children and how they like to approach their mornings before heading to school
- Afternoon tea provided to re-energise children after school
- Homework club with qualified staff members on hand to help
- Structured and planned yet flexible activities are offered to help meet the physical, educational and emotional needs of children coming home from school
Above and Beyond
Don’t want your kids to miss out? Neither do we! If your children are at a school-based centre and want to take part in out-of-hours activities being held on school grounds, our staff will gladly escort them and return them to the YMCA centre afterwards.
Our staff love hanging out with your kids and enjoy being a part of their lives. So much so they will walk new or shy kids to their classrooms or even attend an assembly to watch children receive merit awards. They are also so engaged in the community that they regularly offer their help at school sports carnivals.
We send out a newsletter at the end of each term to their families to keep them up-to-date with what is happening at the centre and in their local community.
- When YMCA was no longer available at Palmyra Primary School, my daughter was very upset, as was I. Thankfully, though, a bus service was set up to ferry children from her school to Caralee Community School down the road, where YMCA still operates. My daughter feels safe and secure with YMCA, a comfort that was not provided by the replacement service at her school. YMCA keeps children engaged, happy and feeling safe and secure. Their behaviour management skills and ability to include all children regardless of their abilities is a credit to the staff - Fleur
- Earlier this year we started bringing our 8-year-old son David to YMCA Caralee Vacation Care. He absolutely loves it – particularly the excursions, but also he enjoys the interaction he gets with the carers. I’ve found the staff there to be firm with David (which is what he needs) but always friendly, supportive of his needs and very fair. Our experience with the staff there has always been fantastic; we can’t recommend them highly enough. Thanks very much YMCA! - Cameron
- My son has been attending YMCA Caralee OSHC for the last 2 years, on an off and on basis. He was one of the first kids to join and it's great to see how far it has come. He enjoys the different sports they play and inside activities. The supervisors are doing a great job - keep up the good work! - Betty