OSHC Services

Mini Miracles are our OSHC Services Provider

Details

We provide a high quality child care service for children attending the schools at which we are based.

We provide a "home away from home" environment where the children are encouraged to develop their social, emotional and recreational skills.

Contact Us

Castle Hill OSHC 0411 645 615

Email: info@minimiracles.net.au

Key Enrolments

We have staff rostered to collect students from their teachers each afternoon so they don't get lost!

In order for you to receive all your government entitlements and rebates, you MUST provide all the information required on the enrolment form, especially you and your child’s correct dates of birth and customer reference numbers. Without this information, you will be charged full fees, and rebates will not be able to be applied.

Download Mini Miracles Parent Information Brochure

We are then open until 6:30 pm each afternoon (6:00pm at Castle Hill) and offer a homework group, structured art / craft and sports, a 2 course nutritional afternoon tea all under the guidance and supervision of qualified staff.

If you have a permanent booking and your child is away from school / OOSH on a day they would normally attend OOSH, parents MUST contact OOSH and leave a message informing us, otherwise staff panic when they can’t locate your child! Don't leave a message with the school ... text or leave a voicemail message on the OOSH phone.

We are restricted to a certain number of children each session as is determined by the Government and therefore it is vitally important that parents contact us if they require casual care for their child ...... we cannot accept children who just "arrive" and tell us that their parents said to go to OOSH! Please call the Centre Director or leave a text / voicemail message so we know exactly who to expect each afternoon! Staff will confirm once they receive your message.

At the majority of our services, Vacation Care programs and care for pupil free days is offered. (Castle Hill and Wallsend do NOT offer this facility due to insufficient numbers but are welcome to use any of our other vacation Care service locations)

We are open from 7:00 am in the morning (Parklea and Holy Cross open at 6:30 am) and operate for the whole day until 6:00pm at night.

Each service has a booking evening for Vacation Care mid way through each term so that parents can book their child in for the days they require. If Vacation Care is not booked, then charges do NOT apply during this period.

Parents MUST provide their child's AND their own individual customer reference numbers and dates of birth to be eligible for any rebates applied against their fees.

Before School Care: $16.00
After School Care: $21.50
Vacation Care / Pupil Free Day: $55.00

Children requiring casual care are charged an additional $1.00 per session.

We currently only operate in the afternoons at Castle Hill and Wallsend Adventist Colleges.

We encourage parents to approach their Coordinator if there are any concerns they may have, or email me directly at shazoosh@bigpond.net.au if there is anything that you need to discuss confidentially.

Children are encouraged to be respectful of staff, other children, and the equipment we use at OOSH. Continual negative or disrespectful behavior will result in your child being placed on a Behaviour Contract which seeks to encourage your child to participate in the program appropriately, and if negative behaviours continue that out other children, staff or your child at risk, alternative child care arrangements may need to be made.

Parents will receive a weekly statement via email and are expected to pay their fees regularly and ON TIME. Accounts that fall more than 4 weeks in arrears will be charged a late fee of $10 for every week that your account is overdue, and care may be cancelled until account is settled.

Late fees are also charged when parents fail to collect their child in the afternoon on time. Late fees are $5.00 per minute and this generally prevents late collections!

APPLICATION FORM
Please note this form will submit directly to Mini Miracles. Hills Adventist College will not receive a copy of the form.
Gender *
Year they will be in at school in 2017 *
Only complete required if there is more than one child attending OSCH from your family.
Gender
Year they will be in at school in 2017
Are there any younger siblings attending registered childcare elsewhere? *
IF YOU ARE A NEW ENROLMENT, COPIES OF YOUR CHILD/REN'S IMMUNISATION HISTORY MUST BE PROVIDED WITH THIS ENROLMENT APPLICATION. PLEASE ATTACH HERE.
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This section is mandatory for OOSH attendance
By checking this box I agree to have the balance of our account debited in the event that it becomes overdue. *
EMERGENCY CONTACTS ARE TWO PEOPLE OTHER THAN THE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS WHO HAVE PERMISSION FROM YOU TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD/REN FROM OOSH. THEY ARE ALSO PEOPLE WE CAN CONTACT IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY WHEN WE CAN'T GET THROUGH TO YOU. YOUR NOMINATED EMERGENCY CONTACTS MUST BE 16 OR OVER AND MUST ALSO BRING ID WHEN COLLECTING THE CHILDREN SO WE CAN VERIFY WHO THEY ARE.
Emergency Contact 1 (Not parent)
Please indicate which areas each emergency contact is able to authorise
Tick all relevant options *
Emergency contact 2 (Not parent)
Please indicate which areas each emergency contact is able to authorise
Tick all relevant options *
Have you informed these people that they may need to collect your child in the event of an emergency? *
Child/ren's Background:
Does your child/ren have a diagnosed medical condition or disability? If YES, please provide details below to assist us in being able to best assist their interactions and time at OOSH.
If yes, you will need to provide an action plan from your child's doctor AND an asthma inhaler to keep at OOSH before your child can commence.,
If yes, you will need to complete a food allergy form available from the Coordinator AND in the event of anaphylaxis, will need to provide an epipen to keep at OOSH before your child can commence. (NB: This does NOT include food dislikes or personal preferences.)
Do you give permission for photos of your child to be taken at OOSH and used in newsletters and/or advertising? *
Children occasionally become involved in cooking activities at OOSH. All safety measures are taken and risk management plans devised. Do you give your child permission to participate? *
Sessions required? *
Permanent or casual? *
Will you be requiring vacation care if offered at the school? *
Please read through the following points. More detailed information on our policies and procedures can be obtained by asking your coordinator.
1. Parents are expected to collect their child or make necessary arrangements with an emergency contact PRIOR to our closing time. Late fees of $5.00 per minute will be charged, and your position may be cancelled, for parents who are habitually late collecting their child. Please read the parents brochure for opening and closing times at your centre.
2. 2. Parents must contact the service if their child is to be away from OOSH on a day they are normally booked to attend so staff are not panicked when they don’t show up. Because OOSH is a separate entity to the school, just contacting the school is not sufficient. Whilst every effort is made to locate your child, we cannot leave the premises to go look for a child who may have decided to catch the bus home!!! We suggest that parents with children in year 1 and 2 inform your child’s teacher of the days your child will be attending OOSH. Kindy children are collected from their classrooms daily to prevent them from wandering off!
3. 3. Statements of your account are issued weekly via email, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you keep your fees paid up to date. You can pay by cash, cheque or arrange a direct debit via internet banking …. We DO NOT set up direct debit from your bank, as we believe it is your responsibility to pay the account when it is due.
4. 4. Parents who fail to keep their fees paid up to date (more than 4 weeks in arrears) will have the balance owing debited from their nominated debit/credit card, attracting an additional 1.5%, to ensure continued attendance at OOSH is possible. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, PLEASE contact Sharyn at shazoosh@bigpond.net.au to discuss possible payment plans and alternative options.
5. 5. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your account is paid regularly. Statements are issued via email from Qikkids and are a PDF file, and often goes to your junk / spam folder, so please check there. If you are STILL not receiving your statements, please email me at shazoosh@bigpond.net.au so I can check the email entered into the system.
6. 6. Children exhibiting unsafe behaviour towards themselves or others may be placed on a behaviour contract to assist their ability to attend the service. In extremely rare cases, OOSH may not be the best environment for children with ongoing behaviour problems, and they may be asked to seek alternative child care arrangements.
7. 7. Parents need to be aware that all Mini Miracles OOSH services close for a 3 week period at Christmas (no exceptions). This means we are closed from the end of the last week of Term 4 each year, and re-open again for the last 2 weeks of the January School holidays.
8. 8. If a parent has a complaint about anything that occurs at OOSH, they are to raise their concern either directly with the Service Coordinator or with the Managing Director (me). More information on our grievance procedure can be found in the parent handbook that you received upon enrolment.
9. 9. If there is a change in family circumstances, please inform a staff member so we can be keep a closer eye on your child and any issues they may experience as a result of the changes. We rely on your communication with us to be able to provide the best possible care for your child.
10. 2 weeks’ notice of cancellations is required, or normal fees apply. Half fees applicable when children absent during school term when at least 2 weeks’ notice is provided.
11. Families are only charged for days booked during vacation care. Absences and cancellations during school holidays will be charged at the normal rate. Families booking for Vacation Care and then cancelling in the last 2 weeks of school term will STILL be charged as staffing, excursions, incursions, buses etc have already been organised. Only extenuating circumstances such as job loss or family crisis is the exemption to this policy.
I have read the above policies and agree to abide by them. I am aware that further information can be obtained by speaking with the staff at the service or by contacting the Managing Director for further clarification. I have also received a copy of the Parent Handbook.
Please tick the box provided. *

The Island are our OSHC Service provider for Kellyville campus

Student from Hills Adventist College will receive priority placement at The Island, and will be collected by The Island air conditioned buses from the Kellyville campus at the end of the school day and taken to the centre located at 10 Inglewood Pl, Baulkham Hills (Norwest Business Park), for parents/carers to collect.  The Island operates until 6:30pm Monday to Friday.

Details

The Island is a private, Christian based multi purpose before, after and vacation care service dedicated to striving for excellence in the care and development of each child.  The Island is fully licensed by the Department of Community Services.  The Island is licensed to accept children from 5-12 years of age.

The Island educators are all dedicated, highly skilled and motivated members of a close knit team.  A family atmosphere is fostered at the centre.

Contact Us

Ph:  (02) 9836 1700

email:  admin@theislandoosh.com

Extra Curricular Activities

Extra curricular classes can be organised at just $6 per class.  One complimentary class will also be provided per week.

The Island offers a range of extra curricular activities including:

  • Dance lessons
  • Acting lessons
  • Music tuition
  • Tutoring
  • Karate
  • Acrobatics
Other facilities onsite include:
  • Indoor basketball court
  • Indoor soccer court
  • Bubble soccer
  • Large trampoline and foam pit
  • Year group classrooms
  • Music rooms
  • Dance studio

 

Aim and Ethos

The Island follows and endorses mainstream Christian principles and beliefs.  They understand that children come from differing cultures and beliefs and they value this diversity and recognise the importance of meeting family and individual values.

An enrolment form must be completed below.  When submitted this will go directly to The Island, and you will hear from their Director.

Fees

All fees are to be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly.  The Island offers Direct Debit payment options.

The Island is a fully approved Child Care Centre, therefore full benefits apply.  If a rebate is applicable, the Centre Coordinator will support you in completing the application to obtain this.

Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a subsidy to parents that is paid through the centre in the form of a reduction in child care fees.  CCB can only be claimed for actual child care fees, not any other item.

Important facts about Kindergarten

Smaller class sizes

Maximum of just 28 students in a specially designed kindergarten classroom

Specialised Kindergarten Program

The Kindergarten program encourages age appropriate activities and safe play in a friendly environment where children are able to establish friendships with children from a range of local primary schools.

Homework Help

Every afternoon 15 minutes is allocated to quiet reading and homework help.

Pick-up and Drop-off

The Island works with parents, students and affiliated schools to ensure the safe arrival and departure of students.  New students are picked up from the school office or their classrooms until they feel comfortable making their way to the organised pick up point.

Catering

Breakfast program:  Begins at 6:30am and includes a range of cereals, spreads and cooked breakfasts.

Afternoon tea:  Served upon arrival at The Island - consisting of fruit platters and an additional snack on a rotating menu.

Dinner Service:  Can be purchased at an additional $10 per child rate.

Extra Curricular Activities

Classes in dance, music, singing, acting, karate and acrobatics can be organised at just $6 per class.  One complimentary class will also be provided per week.

Food and Refreshments

The Island will provide appetizing snacks which will vary from day to day but will always include a fruit and dairy option.  Drinks will be readily available.

Program

Children are encouraged to discuss activities and plan their program together with educators.  These ideas are then given to the educators to implement.

Children are given opportunities to modify their program to meet their individual needs, interests and abilities throughout the week.  Each day the opportunities for free play, craft, sports, board games, playground time, activity colouring sheets, computer games, T.V., reading, homework and quiet time will be made available.

The Island's program is committed to nurturing and extending each child's cognitive, physical, emotional and intellectual development in a child-friendly, supportive and fun environment.  The service offers a planned, flexible and balanced program, which will respond to children, parents/caregivers and staff needs.

Within the children's program, the service provides learning experiences that expose children to many different and varied subjects.  Special events such as celebrations, video and fancy dress days are also undertaken.

All staffing arrangements are made within the recommended National Standards staff/child ratios.

Children and parents are given the opportunity to evaluate their programs through surveys and feedback to staff.

Inclusion

The Island offers a non discriminatory approach to programming, which is inclusive of all children.  Consideration is given to factors such as culture, ethnicity, language, gender, social class and ability when planning the children's program.

The program responds to individual needs, interest and request by providing a range of activities for all children attending the service.  The children's program offers a balance of activities, ensuring flexibility and providing for child-initiated activities.  Children and parents/caregivers input is valued when educators are preparing the program to ensure that it meets the needs of all concerned at all times.

The Island ensures that all children including those with additional needs participate in the planned activities of all Children's Services programs.

 


THE ISLAND NORWEST ENROLMENT APPLICATION
10 Inglewood Pl, Baulkham Hills Ph: 9836 1700
CHILD'S DETAILS
Can your child speak English fluently? *
PARENT/GUARDIAN DETAILS - 1
Does the child live with you? *
PARENT/GUARDIAN DETAILS -
Does the child live with you?
EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Doctor
Can we call the doctor in an emergency? *
Dentist
Can we call the dentist in an emergency? *
Emergency Authorisations
Our duty of care obligations and state legislation require us to call an ambulance doctor or dentist, or convey to hospital a seriously ill or injured child. We are not permitted to accept a child into care if their parents or carers do not agree to this provision. Please indicate your acceptance of this by checking the box below.
I understand and accept these conditions: *
Panadol Authority
Excessive body temperature in young children is very dangerous. Should your child develop a temperature in excess of 38 degrees and we are unable to contact you for instructions, may we give your child a dose of Panadol or equivalent? By checking the box below you indicate your consent.
I give my consent to provide Panadol as outlined above: *
EMERGENCY CONTACT NAMES
Contact 1
Emergency Pick up: *
Daily Pick up: *
Emergency Contact 2
Emergency Pick up: *
Daily Pick up: *
Emergency Contact 3
Emergency Pick up: *
Daily Pick up: *
Emergency Contact 4
Emergency Pick up: *
Daily Pick up: *
HEALTH INFORMATION
Does your child suffer from any of the following? Please indicate all that may apply, and provide additional details below: *
Has your child had: *
If your child has any allergies, we require a current photograph of your child (passport size) to be placed on an 'allergy warning' notice board displayed in the kitchen to alert staff about your child's specific requirements.
REGULAR MEDICATION
Is your child on any regular medication? If yes, please provide details below: *
IMMUNISATION INFORMATION
Is your child immunised? *
If YES, you must supply evidence such as your "blue book", Certificate of Immunisation etc please attach to the link below..

If NO, we are required to advise you that should a vaccine preventable illness outbreak occur at the centre your child must be temporarily excluded from the centre until the outbreak is eliminated. See your doctor for further information on this matter.
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HOME AND FAMILY
Is your child adopted? *
CHILD PROTECTION
At The Island Norwest we take the care and protection of our children seriously. We will not release your child to anyone we don't know or anyone who is not authorised (including other centre parents even if we know you are friends with them) unless we have your specific approval to do so. We will not release your child to someone we don't think is appropriate to have control of your child even if they are authorised by you (e.g. we won't release a child to a lower primary school aged sibling).
Please indicate you understand your obligations regarding the collection of your child be checking the box below.
I understand and accept the obligations regarding collecting my child: *
PERSONS NOT AUTHORISED TO COLLECT YOUR CHILD
If there is anyone specific who is not authorised to collect your child/ren, please provide details below as well as a brief instruction for our staff in the event that the person listed tries to collect your child.
PARENT AGREEMENTS
Grace
Our children say grace at all meal times. While children are encouraged to say grade, we leave it to the individual family to make their own decisions regarding participation.
Do you agree to your child saying grace at meal times? *
Sun Policy
The Island follows the 'Sun Smart' policy of the NSW Cancer Council. This policy is simplified as 'No hat or sunscreen - no outside play'.
Do you give permission for us to apply snscreen to you child when necessary? *
Fees
I agree to pay the required fees and to keep them at least two weeks in advance. I understand that I can pay either weekly, fortnightly or monthly so long as my fees remain in credit. I understand that sick days and personal holidays that fall on my child's enrolled day must be paid for.
Please indicate your understanding and agreement by checking the box below: *
Photographs
We make regular use of digital photographs and/.or videos to make visual records of activities, children's milestones and much more. We don't publish any photographs of our children in any external advertising etc without individual express permission of the family concerned.
Do we have your permission to take digital photos or video of your child? *
Social Media
The Island Norwest is an active member of the social media community using the following platforms:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/theislandnorwest Twitter - TheIslandoosh YouTube - Youtube.com/Theislandoosh
By attending the service, I give consent that my child may inadvertently appear in various forms of social media. I understand that for any individually focussed posts I will be contacted and asked for my consent. *
Go Pro Vlogging
Daily vlogging is used at The Island Norwest as part of our documentation of children's experience and forms a pivotal part of our individual child portfolios, as required by the Department of Education.
By attending this service, I understand that my child will be part of this form of video documentation. *
Behaviour
I agree that my child shall behave in a safe and satisfactory manner while being transported to and from school and accept the failure to do so may put his/her safety, or the safety of others at risk. I understand that in the case of repeated misbehaviour, my child may have to be excluded from travelling on our vehicles and as a result, may be excluded from the service.
Please indicate your understanding and agreement by checking the box below: *
Notification
I understand that I must inform the service before 2pm if my child will not be present on any day that they are expected to be present.
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CHILD CARE BENEFITS
You MUST inform Centrelink/Family Assistamce Office that your child will be attending The Island Norwest Child Care if you wish to receive Child Care Benefit and/or Child Care Cash Rebate. To enable us to claim your CCB and/or submit the required information for the Child Care Cash Rebate we must data match you and your child's data with the department. It is important that our data and the departments are identical for the data match to be successful. Please read the following questions carefully before you answer. We understand that some of this may be new to you, so if you are unsure just ask us to help.
Do you believe you are eligible for CCB? *
Is your child attending another child care service as well as us? *
Will you be claiming the Child Care Cash Rebate? *
Do you intend to claim your CCB as a lump sum (most parents don't)
Do you have children at another service that claim CCB?
JET Assistance (Jobs, Employment, Training)
Are you approved to receive JET assistance? *
PRIVACY POLICY
As a parent you a re entitled to know what becomes of the information we collect on you and your child/ren. By law child care records are strictly confidential and can never be released to third parties except where provided for in the relevant legislation. Our policy is to destroy by cross cut shredding any records that are no longer required after the statutory periods of retention. Parents have the right to view all and any records pertaining to their child/ren held by The Island Norwest. Please be aware that requests to see a document that contains references to another child or children as well as you own must, by law, have any identification of the other child/ren black out or removed before the document can be viewed. If you have any questions about privacy or viewing of records, please see the service Director.
ENROLMENT APPLICATION
I have read and understood this document and completed all sections to the best of my ability. I understand that The Island Norwest is a Christian based service and that as such, while I can request that my child not take part, the service in general, will say grace before all meals, may say short prayers for sick friends or staff and will celebrate all Christian holidays and festivals. I further understand that all and any parent agreements in this application are intended to cover all and any attendance of my child at The Island Norwest and are not limited by date. By check the box below, I understand I am agreeing to the above and requesting a place at The Island Norwest for my child.
I understand and accept these conditions: *