OOSH & Vacation Care

OOSH is a child care service that allows parents with children aged 5-12 years old (or who are in years K-6) to seek or continue employment, be involved in study or leisure activities, and/or take respite while knowing their children are being looked after in the best care available.

Our service (which includes Before & After School Care and Vacation Care) aims to provide a fun and stimulating environment that guarantees children are supervised and guided by trained staff.

Children have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities suited to their age, ability and interest. We encourage them to:

  • Form new friendships with children from different schools and backgrounds
  • Be creative and artistic
  • Problem solve
  • Learn new skills and have fun!

All families are welcome to use the service, although bookings are essential as places are limited. Children with additional needs are also welcome, and wheelchair access is available. Children may attend the service:

  • Daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on your schedule
  • On a casual basis (i.e. as needed on one-off occasions or otherwise)
  • In emergency situations (e.g. when a parent is in hospital, has a doctor’s appointment, family funeral, illness, or needs respite etc)
  • During school holidays (Vacation Care)

Before school, breakfast is available for children between 6:30 and 8:00am. After school, a healthy afternoon tea is provided. The cost of the above is included in the standard session fee. (Please note: it is important to advise both verbally and in writing of any food allergies your child might have.)


It is recommended that all belongings are labelled to allow for the easy return of any lost property.


We arrange transport to and from school. This service is available to children from the following schools:

Abermain (Catholic and Public)

Kurri Kurri (Catholic and Public)

Pelaw Main Public

Stanford Merthyr Public

Gillieston Heights Public

Weston Public (afternoon only)


A variety of excursions (e.g. ice skating, ten-pin bowling, movies etc) are offered during school holidays. Attending children must wear closed-in shoes, shirts with sleeves and a hat.


Fees are charged at a flat per-session rate for Before & After School Care, and on a daily rate for Vacation Care. A fee reduction may be available through Centrelink’s Child Care Benefit (CCB) scheme. To claim, quote: 1-17N3UQ (Before School Care), 1-17N3TL (After School Care), or 1-631-6010 (Vacation Care).

Excursions are an additional cost and not subject to reduction by the CCB scheme. For more information, please call 4936 2030.

Opening Hours

OOSH is open in the following hours:

6:30am – 9.00am for before school care

3.00pm – 6:30pm for after school care

6:30am-6:30pm (Vacation Care)