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Helping Hands Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Helping Hands Network works in partnership with Tingalpa State School to provide
Outside School Hours Care services to the school community.
 

Location

The Helping Hands OSHC facility is located in Block G.  All children attending the
service must be dropped off in the morning or collected in the afternoon by an
authorised person and signed in and out of the OSHC room each day.
 

Programs

Helping Hands Network tailors their programs to meet the local school community
needs, providing much more than child minding.
Their programs are designed to develop stronger, healthier, happier children and to
provide an environment that is like a “home away from home”.
Programs are developed in consultation with children, parents, the school community
and Helping Hands Educators. They are tailored to cater to the children’s age, skill,
interests and abilities through a variety of challenging and recreational activities.
FRENCH BI LINGUAL PROGRAM: Helping Hands will be providing a French tutor to
support those children attending OSHC with their French Homework. For more
information about this free service please contact the co-ordinator.
 

Before and after school care

Care is available 5 days per week during term time.
Before school, the service operates from 6.30am – 8.45am.
After school, the service operates 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
Children can walk straight to and from their classrooms. Educators pick up and drop off the Prep and Year 1 students and escort them to the OSHC room.
 

Vacation care and student free days

A full day program is available 5 days per week during school holidays, and on Student
Free Days from 6.30am to 6.00pm.
 

Food

Helping Hands Network provides a healthy breakfast at Before School Care and a
healthy afternoon tea at After School Care. Breakfast, morning tea, and afternoon tea
are all provided at Vacation Care.  In addition to these meals the children also have the opportunity to participate in cooking activities and the occasional special treat.
 

Government subsidies

The Australian Government is investing an additional $2.5 billion over four years to support
the 1.2 million families who use approved child care.  The changes will provide more support for families and be targeted to those need it most. 
When the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) commences on July 2nd, it will:
  • Replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means tested subsidy.
  • Be paid directly to service providers to be passed on to families
  • Be simpler than the current multi-payment system

Be better targeted and provided more assistance to low and middle income families

 

Your information does not automatically rollover to the new package and you may not receive any subsidy if your assessment is not completed.  You must provide some new information and confirm your current details using your Centrelink online account through myGov.  If not already done, you should complete this as soon as possible.

 

Calculating your CCS

Three things will determine how much subsidy the Government will contribute to your child care fees, these are:

  • Combined family annual adjusted taxable income (the percentage of subsidy a family will be entitled to will be based on their combined annual income)
  • Activity Test (the number of hours of subsidised child care that families will have access to per fortnight will be based on the activity level of both parents in the workforce, or other recognised activity such as studying hours of paid work, self-employed work, approved training or study, and voluntary work)
  • Service type ( the type of child care service a family uses for child care

To establish what level of Child Care Subsidy you may be entitled to please contact the Centrelink Family and Parents Line on 13 61 50

 
Cost to parents after CCB and CCTR
To get a quote, or to make an enquiry to use the service, please contact the Coordinator
of the service directly on mobile 0428 235 496, or by email at tingalpa@helpinghandsnetwork.com.au or the Helping Hands Help Desk on email: accounts@helpinghandsnetwork.com.au or phone (07) 5390 0500.
Currently, places are available in Before School Care, After School Care and for Vacation Care.
For more information on Helping Hands Network, or information on enrolling at the service: please visit the Helping Hands Network website at www.helpinghandsnetwork.com.au 
and select Our Schools/Families, and follow the prompts
 

Parents handbook

A copy of the parent handbook is available on request from the service coordinator, or by contacting the Helping Hands Help Desk on (07) 5390 0500.