St Johns’ Anglican College provides an excellent holiday program for Primary students, every school holiday period, through our ABCC – After and Before College Care. The only time that ABCC is not available is during the Christmas New Year period and on Public Holidays and weekends. Kindergarten children can also book into ABCC once they have commenced as students at the College. A program of activities for the June/ July holidays will be published in the coming days and will be available on the College website. Please take the time to view the program and complete the booking form if you require Vacation Care for your children in the Winter holiday period.
Don’t forget it is very important to register with myGov in preparation for the roll out of the new Child Care Package. The Australian Government is introducing this new Child Care Package which will provide support to families who need to use Before and After School Care and Vacation Care and/or child care for pre-school aged children. This new scheme begins on 2 July 2018 and will replace the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate schemes, with a means tested subsidy, which will be paid directly to child care providers and passed onto families as a fee reduction.
All families are encouraged to check the website https://www.education.gov.au/new-child-care-package-transition-families for more information and to ensure they are registered for the new Child Care Package and do not miss out on any entitlements. Families should register with myGov and use the online tools to estimate their new child care subsidy entitlements. The College is not able to do this for you.
St John’s operates two ABCC services and we ask that families register their children with both services (ABCC and EY ABCC) because we do from time to time need to place children in the service that is not their regular ABCC. By registering your children with both ABCC and EY ABCC we have more flexibility to provide care for your child when our staffing ratios are reaching their limit. Registering your children in both services will reduce the possibility of your child missing out on care when enrolments are large.
The Child Care Package website states: ‘It is important that your family takes action now to prepare for the Child Care Subsidy to ensure your eligibility and entitlement is assessed. You should complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim before 2 July 2018 to ensure you don’t miss out on child care fee assistance from 2 July 2018. The new subsidy cannot be paid to your service on your behalf if you do not take action.’
Code Camp – 11 to 13 July
In the last week of the holidays there will be a Code Camp held in the STEM Institute on the Primary Campus. This is a separate activity to the Vacation Care Program and is provided by an organisation called CodeCamp. Further information about this exciting opportunity will be sent home in the near future. The Code Camp will only run if there is a minimum of twenty students registered.