Occasional Care

Hobsons Bay City Council operates occasional care for all families of Hobsons Bay who require care for a child under six years age.

How can I access this service?

Once registered, families can access either permanent (per term) or casual bookings.

Each term 10 permanent places are made available in each session. The booking date and process for booking these 10 places is advertised in advance. The remaining five places are booked casually by telephone each week.

A waiting list is created if needed and families will be contacted if a place becomes available.

An enrolment form must be completed prior to a child attending a session.

Families who live, work or pay rates in Hobsons Bay will be given priority access to the program. Families who don’t meet this criteria will be placed on a waiting list and offered places if they become available.

Occasional Child Care: runs from the centre every Thursday & Friday [during school terms]  8.45am  – 12.45

Bookings & Enquiries phone Hobsons Bay City Council Family Services Department:  9932 1528

Occasional Care provides opportunities for

  • Children to interact and socialise with their peers and educators
  • Children to engage in activities that support their learning and development
  • Parents to take a break
  • Parent to attend appointments

What is provided?

  • Professional, qualified and experienced educators
  • Variety of activities and experiences which encourage learning development and social skills
  • Indoor and outdoor program
  • Nutritional snacks for morning tea

At Occasional Care

  • We believe that children learn through play and develop independence by making choices and expressing themselves
  • We create a safe and welcoming environment for children to develop a sense of belonging
  • we believe all children equally have the right to be heard and have fun. We achieve this through our interaction relationships and experiences
  • We believe that families are the most important people in children’s lives and we share and value their knowledge of the children
  • We develop respectful relationships with families, acknowledging, accepting and celebrating cultural diversity
  • We believe it is important for families to feel connected to the community. It is our role to support families in building these relationships

Fees

Hobsons Bay City Council sets the fees. Fees are charged per session per child. Reduced rates apply for families with more than one child attending a session or parents with a current Health Care Card.

Fees for permanent (term) bookings are paid in advance for the term. Fees for casual bookings are made at the program on the day of attendance.

What do I need to bring to Occasional Care for my child?

  • lunch
  • a bag with a spare set of clothes
  • favourite toy or comforter
  • coat and gum boots in winter
  • sunhat and sunscreen (1 Sep – 30 April)
  • nappies

Supported Playgroups

Giving kids a great start to support learning and development

Supported Playgroup is for parents with children aged from birth up to 4 years who may benefit from extra ideas about how to use everyday opportunities and activities to enhance their child’s early literacy and learning in the home.  Supported Playgroups encourages quality interactions between parents and their children. Interaction happens in every family but what matters is how often they occur, and in how many different ways. ‘Quality interactions’ refers to the little extra parents can do to make the most of everyday opportunities for children to extend their language and learning.

Weekly group sessions of fun and social activities for parents and pre school children.

Mondays  10am – 12noon    (Funded through the Department of Education and Training)

Tuesday    10am – 12 noon   (Funded through Hobsons Bay City Council)

Contact:  Team Leader Early Years
playgroups@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au
PH: 9932 1000

 

Supported Playgroup – For Migrant Families

Wednesdays   10am – 12 noon

This Program provides social  support for newly arrived immigrant and refugee families.

Our playgroups actively support families through parents and Children’s bilingual language development  and provides early learning experiences that promote positive pathways to kinder and primary school.Parents also benefit from social and friendship, as well as practical information about health, nutrition child development and well-being.

Cost: $2 per week ( provides fruit and a snack for your Child/Children)

Bookings are essential: phone 9315-8244 to enrol your child