Mini Miracles operate an OSHC Service on the Castle Hill Campus
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.
Castle Hill OSHC
Director - Sharon Egeberg 0411 645 615
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.
We are open until 6:00 pm at Castle Hill each afternoon 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
The Island operate an OSHC Service in close proximity to the Kellyville Campus
Students 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.
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.
Ph: (02) 9836 1700
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.