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Before and After School Care

DSC00525The Mernda Primary Before and After School Care program (BASC) is school based ran and originated from interest expressed by parents in 1998 concerning the need for school aged childcare – particularly after school. Support was gained from School Council and a submission was made for funding to assist with the setting up of the program. The program was initially set up as a 15 place program in 1998, and has now grown to be a 90 place program, which is regularly full.

The program is Commonwealth administered, and is one that depends on the support of the parents and families who use it. Your input is therefore welcome.

The program operates to provide high quality childcare in a safe, enjoyable and caring environment.  This service is provided at minimal  cost and enables parents to pursue options relating to employment, training, recreation and personal interests.
The program includes a wide variety of activities that are thoroughly prepared and implemented in a friendly environment which accounts for children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs.

Before and After School Care Staff

BASC Program Coordinator: Karen McKenzie

BASC Assistant Coordinator: Maureen Elder

Contact Details

Email: mckenzie.karen.k@edumail.vic.gov.au
Telephone: 0408050345

Outside of program hours messages can be sent to the telephone number listed.

School Telephone: 9717 7900

Operating Hours

Before Care:

Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

After Care:

Monday to Friday 3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

At the end of each term the After Care program starts at the earlier times (as nominated by School Council) and finishes at 6:15 p.m. On the last day of the school year (December) the BASC program finishes at 5 pm.

Accreditation

The BASC Program went through the National Childcare Accreditation Council’s (N.C.A.C.) Validation process and received “High Quality” accreditation in all areas. This was a great result as all staff members, children and families put a lot of work into this.
The framework has now been updated and the program is going through assessment under the new National Quality Framework (NQF)

Aims of the Program

The BASC Program offers affordable childcare for all families within the school who need it (provided places allow).

Children

The program offers a wide variety of art and craft, cooking and outdoor activities that supports all areas of the children’s developmental stages, abilities and ages, where the children can choose to participate or not. There are quiet areas both indoor and outdoor where the children who choose not to participate can play, read or just talk with friends.

The program staff members offer an environment for the children who attend that is friendly, caring, safe, fun and supportive, where no child is subjected to discrimination, abuse or bullying and where children are treated with respect at all times and their views are valued.

Parents

The program recognises the family as the most significant part of a child’s life. However in addition to this, the program also plays an important role in assisting in the child’s development. The following practices occur to foster the partnership between parents and the program.

  • Opportunities exist for new or prospective parents to speak to the program coordinator or asst. coordinator to discuss their child’s participation, or any general enquirers in or about the program
  • Newsletters, notice boards and suspension files are used to keep parents informed about the program
  • It is important that parents / guardians keep the program provided with current contact numbers (home, work or mobile) and emergency contact numbers
  • Observations of children are kept filed, children’s written ideas (have your say) and records of conversations are available to parents / guardians at all times. Staff members are also available for parents / guardians who wish to chat about their child / children
  • Parents or guardians with concerns, complaints or suggestions are encouraged to discuss them with a staff member and following this the program coordinator, if necessary

We welcome any input that will lead to an even better program.

Organisation of the Program

The program is now fully self-funded. The program’s only source of income is from the fees paid by parents plus the Child Care Benefit from Centrelink.

All families are now entitled to the Commonwealth Government’s Childcare Benefit. If you wish to receive the Child Care Benefit you will need to register with Centrelink prior to enrollment of your child / children into the program (if possible).

  • If you are registering with Centrelink you will need to quote our Service Provider Code which is 555 008 243L.
  • If you are already registered with Centrelink for a Childcare Centre you will still need to notify Centrelink of our Service Provider Code and also notify them that your child will be attending our Combined BASC Program so your child / children can be registered as a school age child for benefits to apply
  • The School Council is the governing body of the BASC Program. The Program has a sub-committee made up of program staff and parents (one of whom is the Program’s “Parent Member” on School Council), and they are responsible to the School Council for the general operation of the program and serve as a support group for the staff. You are encouraged to talk to the committee members or the program staff about the Program.
  • The Program employs a Program Coordinator who is responsible for all administrative work relating to the BASC Program and Assistant Coordinators to help the Program Coordinator with the administrative work
  • The After Care Program employs up to 8 staff daily (a Coordinator, Assistant Cordinator and 6 Assistants)
  • All staff members are encouraged to help plan and implement the activities for the children

Fees

The fees are set by the school council and are currently:

  • $16 per session per child for After Care
  • $12 per session per child for Before Care

These apply before your Childcare Benefit deduction.

General Information

BASC Enrolment Form

2018 BASC Enrolment Form
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SHARED VISION

CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE

CHILDCARE SERVICES

The staff members feel that it is appropriate for the children to address them by their first names.

On Enrollment you will be given a family handbook that contains more detailed information about the Program. Copies of the Program Policies can be located on our website.

Children

The program recognises the family as the most significant part of a child’s life. However in addition to this, the program also plays an important role in assisting in the child’s development. The following practices occur to foster the partnership between parents and the program.

  • Opportunities exist for new or prospective parents to speak to the program coordinator or asst. Coordinator to discuss their child’s participation, or any general enquiries in or about the program.
  • Newsletters, noticeboards and suspension files are used to keep the parents informed about the program.
  • It is important that parents/guardians keep the program provided with current contact numbers (home, work or mobile) and emergency contact numbers.
  • Observations of children are kept filed, children’s written ideas (have your say) and records of conversations are available to parents/guardians at all times. Staff members are also available for parents/ guardians who wish to chat about their child/children.
  • Parents or guardians with concerns, complaints or suggestions are encouraged to discuss them with a staff member and following this the program co-ordinator, if necessary. We welcome any input that will lead to an even better program.

Organisation of the Program

The program is now fully self-funded. The program’s only source of income is from the fees paid by parents plus the Child Care Benefit from Centrelink.

All families are now entitled to the Commonwealth Government’s Childcare Benefit. If you wish to receive the Child Care Benefit you will need to register with Centrelink prior to enrolment of your child/children into the program (if possible).

  • If you are registered with Centrelink you will need to quote our Service Provider Code: 555 008 243L
  • If you are already registered with Centrelink for a Childcare Centre you will still need to notify Centrelink of our Service Provider Code and also notify them that your child will be attending our Combined BASC Program so your child/children can be registered as a school age child for benefits to apply.

For more information please come in and meet our friendly BASC staff or press on the links provided above.

Contact

Principal:
Janet Hamer

Assistant Principals:
Mark Hart & Jason Watts

P: (03) 9717 7900
F: (03) 9717 7999

mernda.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

25 Everton Drive
Mernda, VIC 3754
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Literacy:
Mark Hart

Numeracy:
Jason Watts

ICT & LOTE:
Yoong Chin

Student Wellbeing:
Lily Dowse

Student Transition & Pathways:
Iain Garfirth

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