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Vacation and out of school care 

Providing vacation care for pre-primary students to 13 year olds

A fun, supportive environment for your child

Located on the UWA Campus at 18 Parkway (at the end of Caporn Street), our Out of School Care Centre, also affectionately known as the Blue House, has been caring for local children and our staff and students' families for more than 30 years.

Licensed for 39 children per day, our home-like environment provides a huge range of stimulating experiences but there is also plenty of space where children can simply relax and feel at home.

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Our mission

We aim to provide high-quality care and enriching learning experiences for all school-age care children, in partnership with their families, and in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law, Education and Care Services National Regulations, and the National Quality Framework.

We ensure the service offers a safe, friendly, age-appropriate environment for children and their parents, with professional, caring and motivated staff.

Vacation Care opening hours

8am to 6pm Monday to Friday (during State School holidays and professional development days)

Our programs are inspired and guided by the unique interests, strengths and actions of all staff and children. We emphasise creativity, imagination and lateral invention in our approach to creating a fun environment for the children in our care.

Our vacation care program provides examples of the types of activities we offer, during State School holiday periods.

Key Dates for UWA's July 2024 Vacation Care Program

  • Monday 1 July: Centre - Art Attack
  • Tuesday 2 July: Centre -Winter Wonderland
  • Wednesday 3 July: Excursion - Rollerzone Malaga and Yokine Play Space 
  • Thursday 4 July: Centre - USA Day
  • Friday 5 July: Excursion - Caversham Wildlife Park and Pia's Place
  • Monday 8 July: Centre - Lego Day
  • Tuesday 9 July: Excursion - Hoyts Millennium and Jo Wheatley Park
  • Wednesday 10 July: Centre - Guess Who Dunnit Day
  • Thursday 11 July: Excursion - Bounce and Lake Monger
  • Friday 12 July: Centre - Chill-out Day

For more information on the excursions, please email: [email protected]

Additional info

  • Remember to bring hats, water bottle, sunscreen, safe footwear and a packed lunch - we request no instant noodles please!
  • On 'wet days' don't forget to also bring bathers, a towel, a rashi and spare clothes. Remember: "No rashi no splashie!"
  • We ask that children DO NOT being money or electronics.
  • If you are eligible for Child Care Subsidy you will receive a deduction on your fees that is paid directly to the service.

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After School Care opening hours

3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday (during State School terms)

The UWA Out of School Care bus can collect children from St Thomas Primary and Pre-Primary; Hollywood Primary and Pre-Primary; Rosalie Primary; and Loreto Primary and Pre-Primary. A walking collection from Nedlands Primary and on-site Pre-Primary is available. Children can also be dropped at the centre by parents.

We offer a diverse range of stimulating activities, excursions and facilities in a friendly, fun-filled environment that is enjoyed by all participants and sets the benchmark for enriching and extending children?s well-being and development in a school-age care setting.

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  • What we offer
    • A safe, secure and happy environment.
    • A centre where the children feel relaxed and in a place where they belong and are respected.
    • A range of stimulating developmental and social activities that cater to individual and/or group needs and abilities.
    • A place for children to make new friends and play with staff.
    • We maintain routines to promote high levels of health, hygiene and cleanliness.
    • We encourage respect and consideration of others through problem solving.
    • We promote self-responsibility by providing opportunities for children to make choices, take on new challenges and enhance self-esteem through play.
    • We value and encourage the involvement of children and parents in program development.
  • Our environment

    UWA Out of School Care ("the Blue House") is conveniently located on the University of Western Australia grounds close to Human Movement and the swimming pool. The outdoor environment is well shaded with mature, leafy trees with the highlight being the double-storey natural timber cubby house.

    The Crawley foreshore is easily accessible and the staff utilise the surrounding gardens/open areas on the UWA campus (the Human Movement oval, Secret Garden, Biological Sciences grass area and the walkway at the back of the centre) to play games and sports.

    The outdoor area also includes a basketball ring, underground trampoline, climbing frames, monkey bars and interactive spaces.

    The house interior is brightly coloured and is a 'time capsule' displaying the journey of past and current children and staff. We emphasise play and creative experiences and have purposely reduced access to electronic devices and television. There is an area for children to access staff for assistance if completing homework and all rooms offer the opportunity for active or passive play.

    The centre has a fully operational kitchen that the children can utilise to engage in cooking experiences. We provide a cooked afternoon tea daily plus additional snacks and morning tea during vacation care periods.

    Our environment is regularly being re-created according to the children's interests and activities being offered. Staff support and respect the children's feedback and endeavour to include their suggestions and ideas in the centre program.

  • Our philosophy

    At our Centre we endeavour to become an extension of the family's home, in which the happiness and well-being of every child is our first priority.

    • We understand that every child has the intrinsic right to feel special and to be shown genuine warmth, support and be part of a caring environment.
    • We recognise the importance of providing a safe and hygienic environment, and of catering to each child's individual needs for healthy, nutritious meals, rest, comfort and support, plus the opportunity to participate in a variety of stimulating and challenging activities which encourage growth and development.
    • We believe that children learn through play, and that activities should be dynamic and allow exploration to encourage both individual development and social/group socialisation in a resource-rich environment.
    • We embrace diversity, fostering an inclusive and respectful setting for all children, families and staff.
    • We value parent input with regard to every child's individual needs, cultural background, development and issues pertaining to the running of the service.

    UWA Out of School Hours Care Centre is an integral part of the community that is encompassed by the University of Western Australia. By providing a quality out of school care service for its staff, students and the general community, we are supporting the University's ongoing commitment to their Work and Family Policy.

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