Holiday Program (Vacation Care)
UnitingCare Community Holiday Program (Vacation Care) a community based program for children aged 12-18 years with a diagnosed disability. The Holiday Program is funded by Department of Social Services and provides engagement through a range of indoor and outdoor activities including: excursions, cooking, sports, craft, creative play, sensory play, outdoor play and themed days.
Our aim is to provide a caring and secure environment where each child can develop his or her physical, intellectual, language, social/emotional and life skills to become a competent and confident individual.
All children accessing our programs are grouped. The criteria for each grouping can be different, e.g. age groups or level of care. Children can access activities offered in other groups during the day if the staff ratio allows for this.A daily program for each group will be on display on the notice board located in the sign-in area of each centre to give parents a guide of the kind of activities that will be taking place for that day.
UnitingCare Holiday Program operates from the following sites:
Mt Ommaney Special School - Capital Drive, Mt Ommaney
Nursery Road Special School - Nursery Road, Holland Park
Hours of operation
The hours of operation at all venues are 8:00am to 5:00pm.
- Fees for Vacation Care are $95.00 per day less the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and/or the Child Care Rebate (CCR) where applicable.
- Excursion fees will be charged to your account unless otherwise agreed.
Child Care Benefit/Childcare Rebate (CCB/CCR)
Some families may be entitled to receive Government assistance i.e. the CCB, to help pay fees. In this case your fee will be reduced.The level of assistance available will depend on your family’s’ circumstances. To find out if you are eligible, families are required to register with the Family Assistance Office on 136 150.The Child Care Rebate (CCR) helps working families with the cost of childcare. The Child Care Rebate covers 50 per cent of out-of-pocket childcare expenses for approved childcare up to the maximum legislated amount per year per child in approved care.To learn more information about CCR visit www.familyassist.gov.au
Note: It is the parent’s responsibility to investigate their eligibility, undertake any necessary re-assessment procedures and then provide UnitingCare Community with CRN’s (Customer Reference Number), Date of Birth (DOB) and full names (as it appears on your Centrelink statements) for both child and parent or full fees will apply.
Waiting lists for requested days
It is important for families to return their pack before the cut-off date as places fill up extremely quickly. The administration team does their best to cater to every family’s needs. However, due to staff availability, client ratios and following the priority of access, you may not receive all days requested. If you need a particular day, please indicate that on your application form.
If your child is going to be absent you are required to contact the Site Supervisor:
Mt Gravatt Supervisor: 0419 711 778
Mt Ommaney Supervisor: 0400 926 095
Priority of access
The Federal Government has established guidelines for those who can receive priority access into a centre. All centres receiving Childcare Benefit must abide by these guidelines.
- Priority 1 - A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect.
- Priority 2 - A child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy the work/training/study test under Section 14 of the Family Assistance Act.
- Priority 3 - Any other child.
Within these main categories priority should also be given to the following children:
- Children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
- Children in families on lower incomes
- Children in families with non-English speaking backgrounds
- Children in socially isolated families
- Children of single parents
The program will endeavour to incorporate all children. However, if the required level of safety cannot be met, Holiday Program (Vacation Care) will not be provided by UnitingCare Community.
- Applications can be made by contacting the Program Coordinator, Chris Schultz on (07 3363 2214) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting an application pack.
- The Case Worker will first discuss with you your child’s support needs and how to best support your child at the Holiday Program, this can be done over the phone or a meeting can be arranged.
- If the Holiday Program is suitable for your child then an Application Pack will need to be completed.
- Applications can be made by returning all forms, documents and kits. Applications will not be processed until all forms are returned completed.
- Applications must be made by said cut-off date. Late applications will be taken subject to placements and staff availability.
- No new applications will be processed if previous accounts are not paid in full.
Volunteers support children and young people with a disability with their daily care routines including any physical support the child/young person requires to participate in activities as much as they would like. Volunteers also help to organise activities and can help to put together and run activities around an interest they love. Volunteers also support the young people to go on day trips and excursions. This role would suit energetic people who are available over the school holidays and love being creative. Click the "Volunteer" button to the right to find out more information.