Before & After School Care Service at Mornington Primary School

HOW THE SERVICE WAS ESTABLISHED

It was identified in 1995 that there was a need for an After School Care Program at Mornington Primary School. Out of School Hours Care gives parents peace of mind. The children are well cared for in a familiar environment – within the School Hall and grounds.

In Term 1 of 1997, Before School Care was established as a pilot program. Due to the support of families and the school community, this program was later funded. The OSCH program is funded through the Australian Government.

PHILOSOPHY

At Mornington Primary School we are proud to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung/ Bunurong people as the traditional owners of the land.

Our philosophy is to provide a warm, caring and supportive learning environment throughout our Before and After Care program. We promote positive attitudes, personal growth and respect for others.

We encourage the physical, emotional and social well-being of our students whilst maintaining a safe environment. We follow the National Quality Standards, My Time Our Place framework for School Age Care as we support and guide the students through play, rest and relaxation.

We welcome and are inclusive of all students and their families from all cultures and cultural backgrounds.

We endeavour to build open trusting relationships with all our families, our school and the wider community.

NUMBERS FUNDED

The Out of School Hours Program is funded for 45 places in the morning and 45 places in the afternoon.

STAFF QUALIFICATIONS

The School Council employs three staff for the Programs.

All staff are experienced in the provision of care and organisation of activities for children and are all Diploma Qualified.

PROGRAM TIMES

The Before School Program operates during school terms from 6.45am to 8.45am and the Aftercare Program from 3.30pm to 6pm.

ACTIVITIES AND TIMES

Each day the programs offer children a choice of activities.

These activities include art & craft, games , puzzles and the use of resources which stimulate imaginative play as well as sport equipment for use inside and outside play.

Our program supports the ‘Sunsmart Policy’ which operates in Terms One and Four.

POSITIVE GUIDANCE

Our program recognises that children are interacting with each other in a different social context to that of their classroom, with a range of ages mixing together in a less structured environment. Children are encouraged to involve others and to involve themselves in play; to share, to play fairly and safely; and to effectively deal with any issues that may arise.

The children are encouraged to work out solutions themselves with support, as needed from program staff.

Children are encouraged to make many of their own decisions. Older children are given extra responsibility and leadership opportunities.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like further information about our OSHC program, please contact the school office on Ph 5976 5500.