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School Holiday Care

Bookings are now open for School Holiday Care in April 2020.

Programs, Centre Locations and Dates

The following school holiday programs run from Tuesday 14 April to Friday 24 April 2020.

There are 3 centres with separate programs for 5 to 9 years, 5 to 12 years and 10 to 13 year olds.

All centres are open from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Fee and Booking Information

Fees are charged by the day:

  • The 5 to 12-year-old program is $55 per day.
  • The 10 to 13-year-old program is $60 per day.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is available for all eligible families. Contact Centrelink to register

Bookings close Friday 27 March 2020. A late booking fee of $37 applies after this date per child, per centre.

Register

You need to register and book online via the SmartCentral website.

The SmartCentral website requires you to create an account, in order to login and use the booking system.

April School Holiday Calendar

  • RROOSH - Ringrose Out of School Hours care  
  • SGOOSH - Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care
  • GWOOSH - Guildford West Out of School Hours care
  • GWOOSH - Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Week 1

Centre Monday 13  Tuesday 14  Wednesday 15  Thursday 16  Friday 17 

RROOSH

5 to 12 years

Public Holiday Plasticine Creations Sydney Zoo Embrace your inner animal Can you crack the code?

SGOOSH

5 to 12 years

  Can you crack the code? Plasticine Creations Sydney Zoo Embrace your inner animal

GWOOSH

5 to 9 years

  Sydney Zoo Can you crack the code? Plasticine Creations Graphics Design

GWOOSH

10 to 13 years

  Introduction to short Stories Ultimate Fitness Challenge Textiles Workshop Movies

April School Holiday Program

Week 2

Centre Monday 20 Tuesday 21 Wednesday 22 Thursday 23 Friday 24

RROOSH

5 to 12 years

Let's Get Physical Poppy the Possum - Nature Walk Magic Show and Workshop Graphics Design Trivia with a twist 

SGOOSH

5 to 12 years

Graphics Design  Poppy the Possum - Nature Walk Trivia with a twist  Magic Show and Workshop Let's Get Physical

GWOOSH

5 to 9 years

Poppy the Possum - Nature Walk Embrace your inner animal Let's Get Physical Trivia with a twist  Magic Show and Workshop

GWOOSH

10 to 13 years

Youth Centres Sydney Zoo Let's Get Physical Lights Camera Action Robotics

April School Holiday Program

Activity Details

Plasticine Creations - Centre based activity

Tuesday 14 April: Ringrose Out of School Hours care

Wednesday 15 April: Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care

Thursday 16 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat.

Details:

In these sessions we'll get children's creative inspiration firing. They will be kneading, rolling, bending, cutting, designing, shaping and creating some wonderful plasticine creations.This STEM related experience will enable the kids to use a combination of skills to work through a process and create a final product.

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It also makes kids think outside the box. Your children will be provided with a number of different natural and man-made materials to experiment with and see what amazing creations they can construct.

Can you crack the code? - Centre based activity

Tuesday 14 April: Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care

Wednesday 15 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Friday 17 April: Ringrose Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat.

Details:

The moment the children step into the centre they will be transformed from their normal self into secret spies in disguise. The children will have the opportunity to engage in individual and group-based activities. They will need to put their thinking caps on and work out codes to find the hidden messages or next clues in their mission. It will be a race against the clock to see which super spy can crack the code. The children will also have the chance to make their very own disguises and equipment - like spy glasses, badge making and finger print scans.

 

Sydney Zoo - Excursion

Tuesday 14 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Wednesday 15 April: Ringrose Out of School Hours care

Thursday 16 April: Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care

Tuesday 21 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 8:30am - bus departs at 9:30am sharp and returns at 3:30pm.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. Children can bring individual snacks to have on the excursion. Please do not pack products containing nuts or eggs. 

Details:

Your children will visit a world class zoo that is now one of Western Sydney’s main attractions: Sydney Zoo uses technology and innovation to improve animal welfare, visitor involvement and education. This zoo also exhibits a wide range of animals in a safari-like experience. Clever designs hide barriers and make use of the latest technology - allowing an experience that is more immersive and engaging than traditional zoos.

Sydney Zoo includes approximately 30 exhibits and a variety of animal species - including popular exotic and Australian animals.

Introduction to Short Stories - 2 Week Workshop

Tuesday 14 April to Thursday 23 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

This will be the first day in a 2 week workshop for the young people over 10 years of age. This is a great opportunity to learn about writing and becoming authors. They will work together to develop a book about a particular theme and they'll learn what's involved in developing a book - including brainstorming ideas for themes.

They will then begin story-boarding their ideas and developing their story. On Thursday 23 April they will finalise the book and present it to the children and Educators at Guildford West OOSH.

Ultimate Fitness Challenge - Workshop

Wednesday 15 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

Are your young teenagers ready to test their skills in the Ultimate Fitness Challenge?

This will be a fun and interactive day for young people of 10+ years of age. They will have the opportunity to test their skills in a number of different physical challenges that can build endurance, balance, agility, coordination and strength while having fun.

Physical activity and healthy eating will be the key focus of the day, and participants will also learn about healthy cooking habits.

Textile Workshop - Workshop

Thursday 16 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

In this workshop young people aged 10+ years will learn how to finger knit or crotchet. Finger knitting is a simple stitch that requires no experience, expertise, or equipment other than yarn and scissors. Also, it's much, much quicker and easier than traditional knitting.

Crocheting is the process of creating textiles by using a hook to interlock loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials. Both require a lot of focus and attention and provide great creative outlets.

These are lifelong skills that young people can fall back on at any stage of their lives. They also strengthen hand muscles, encourage hand-eye coordination, and teach perseverance and concentration: skills that are important for both children's and young people’s development.

Embrace your inner animal - Workshop

Thursday 16 April: Ringrose Out of School Hours care   

Friday 17 April: Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care

Tuesday 21 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

Whether it goes “woof”, “meow”, “quack”, “hiss” or “tweet”, your child will be able to channel their inner animal. Before our visit to Sydney Zoo, the kids will learn about many different animals - including where they live, how they live and their life cycle.

The Educators will also help them create their favourite animal posters that can be displayed around the care centres.

The children will then enjoy a number of animal related craft activities - like animal puppet making. They'll also be able to have their face painted by a professional to look like their favourite animal.

If your child has an animal costume or item of clothing, please encourage them to wear it on the day.

Movies - Excursion

Friday 17 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 8:30am - bus departs at 9:30am sharp and returns by 3:30pm

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. Children can bring individual snacks to have on the excursion. Please do not pack products containing nuts or eggs. 

Details:

The centre will be taking people aged 10+ years to Reading Cinema at Auburn to watch a movie and enjoy time with their friends. When returning to the centre, they'll be encouraged to join a range of performing arts activities. The aim of the day is for kids to build friendships, confidence and to have fun.

Graphic Design - Centre based activity

Friday 17 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care   

Monday 20 April: Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care  

Thursday 23 April: Ringrose Out of School Hours care   

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

Your child's will imagination will open up as they experiment with a number of different styles of art. They will be given an their own canvas and can design and create whatever they choose - from flick painting, tape art and water colour painting, to colour mixing, balloon art and more. 

They will also work together to create a beautiful large canvas - which will be displayed at the centre as a memory of the April School Holidays.

Youth Centres - Excursion

Monday 20 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 8:30am - bus departs at 9:30am sharp and returns by 3:30pm

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. Participants can also bring individual snacks to have on the excursion. Please do not pack products containing nuts or eggs. 

Details:

Young people aged 10+ years will be heading to Guildford Youth Centre for the day. Guildford Youth Centre strives to be a place for kids and young people to feel valued and supported, share a sense of pride in their local community, and have the resources and opportunities to shape outcomes for themselves and the community around them.

While at the Youth Centre, they will have the opportunity to participate in a number of fun group activities and explore the environment.

Poppy the Possum Nature Walk - Workshop

Monday 20 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care  

Tuesday 21 April - Session 1: Ringrose Out of School Hours care  (10.30am to 12.30pm)

Thursday 21 April - Session 2:  Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care (1.30pm to 3.30pm)

Arrive at the Centre half an hour before session.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

Cumberland City's biggest children’s star from Paint Cumberland REaD will be joining children during April School Holidays.

Poppy the Possum will meet and greet kids before running a Story Time. This activity highlights the importance of early reading and writing programs. It also stimulates children's imagination and helps them to develop their listening and language skills.

In a modern age where technology is playing a larger role in our children's lives, it’s important to have the chance to disconnect and learn in a face to face environment.

Poppy’s helper will also join the children on a nature walk around the surrounding environment  - encouraging children to look closely at nature and collect items for the art and craft activities - which they'll do during the day.

This activity is an extension of Nature Play Week which runs from 25 March to 4 April.

Let's Get Physical - Workshop

Monday 20 April:  Ringrose Out of School Hours care  

Wednesday 22 April - Session 1: Guildford West Out of School Hours care (10.30am to 12.30pm) 

Wednesday 22 April  - Session 2:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care (1.30pm to 3.30pm)

Friday 24 April: Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre half an hour before the session.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

Things have changed a lot in today’s high-tech world. And ensuring that your child gets enough exercise is critical to their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Let's Get Physical is a fitness workshop that inspires children to make healthy choices. Healthy eating and physical activity are the key focus for this event.

This will be a fun and active day where children can enjoy movement and music, relays, athletics, yoga and lots more. In fact, there will be plenty of outdoor activities for the kids to rotate around during the day. 

The benefits of this workshop include building endurance, balance, agility and coordination while strengthening the whole body. Children will also learn about healthy cooking choices to go with the theme of the workshop.

Trivia with a twist - Centre based activity

Wednesday 22 April: Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care 

Thursday 23 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care   

Friday 24 April: Ringrose Out of School Hours care   

Arrive at the Centre by 10am. 

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

How far can you fly a paper airplane? What is your aim like? Can you remember who it was that rubbed the lamp in Aladdin? 

Your child's skills will be tested and more during a fun day of Trivia with a twist. Throughout the day, your child will work individually or in a team to compete in Trials and Trivia games.

These indoor and outdoor activities will not only test their knowledge, they will help your child's motor skills and teach them teamwork.

The twist is that the winning group of each activity will get a clue that leads them to the next activity before everyone else. It is a race against the clock.

Magic Show and Workshop

Wednesday 22 April: Ringrose Out of School Hours care    

Thursday 23 April:  Sherwood Grange Out of School Hours care 

Friday 24 April: Guildford West Out of School Hours care   

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

Children will enjoy a wonderful magic show by a Council staff member who loves magic and making people smile. After watching the show and seeing lots of cool tricks the kids will have the opportunity to learn some magic skills themselves.

This workshop will encourage children to step out of their comfort zone and try new skills. They'll also form friendships and a achieve a strong sense of belonging. The children will have the chance at the end of the day to show off their new tricks if they wish.

Lights, camera, action! - Centre based activity

Thursday 23 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

Lights, camera, action! The young people who have been doing the Authors workshop will be ready to present.

They would have been working hard over the past 2 weeks to create a book about a relevant theme - which will be among Cumberland City Council's Children’s services.

As a team they would have learnt about what's involved in creating a book; brainstormed many ideas; developed story boards; and written the content for the pages. On the day they will use cameras to photograph the pictures for the book and finalise each and every page.

They will then present it to all the children and Educators at Guildford West OOSH. We can’t wait to see the end result!

Robotics - Centre based activity

Friday 24 April:  Guildford West Out of School Hours care

Arrive at the Centre by 10am.

Bring: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, water, a wide-brim or bucket hat. 

Details:

This activity is a STEM related, hands on experience. It will encourage young people to use a combination of skills, understand a process and ultimately control the robots.

STEM is an approach to learning and development that involves Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It requires the children to think outside the box.

They will put their knowledge to the test and engage in group and individual challenges using our robotics kit. They will also develop new knowledge and important problem solving skills while working in a group.

Further information or assistance

If you have any questions, please contact Council's Children, Youth & Family Services team on 02 8757 9000 or email info.schoolholidays@cumberland.nsw.gov.au