Darlington Activity Centre

Darlington Vacation Care

  • Early Bird Special  Enrol by 9:00am Friday 17th June 2022 – to lock in your daily rate at $57.00 per day
  • Bookings made after 9:00am on the 17.06.2022 are automatically charged at our daily rate of $77.00 per day.
  • No Cancellations of any Bookings will be accepted after close of business on Friday 24th June 2022.

Winter Vacation Care Program
Monday 04th July 2022 – Friday 15th July 2022
Pupil Free Day – Monday 18th July 2022

Click on each day to see all the details of the exciting things we have happening each day these school holidays.

Monday 04th July 2022 - In Service Day: Around The World

Celebrating diversity:  A day where we do arts and crafts, dances, and music from various cultures around the world. 

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Tuesday 05th July 2022 - In Service Day: Wheeled Toy Day

Bring along your bike and scooter.  Help design and create the wheeled toy track and area that will be used throughout the holidays on specific days.  Learn about road safety and riding our wheeled toys safely together.  

WHEELED TOY RULES – Read these rules with your child prior to attendance:

  1. All children must follow directions of Educators and ride within the designated riding area.
  2. All children must have a helmet and closed in shoes. If children do not have a correctly fitted helmet or suitable shoes, they will not be allowed to ride. Knee, wrist and elbow pads are required if bringing skateboards, roller blades, roller-skates etc.
  3. Children will not be allowed to ride another child’s Wheeled Toy, only owners permitted to ride.
  4. Children will not be able to do any tricks on their Wheeled Toys.
  5. Wheeled Toys must be walked into school grounds so that children playing are not injured.
  6. All Wheeled Toys must be taken home at the end of the day.
  7. Wheeled Toys need to be well-maintained, If staff deem any as unsafe, children will not be permitted to ride.
  8. Children must be able to ride wheeled toy competently and safely, it is not a learn to ride day.

DAC Risk Assessment – WHEELED TOYS

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Wednesday 06th July 2022 - 3 Day Compulsory Incursion - Retro Arcade Games

  • Additional Cost: $8.00 per child
  •  This is a pre-paid Incursion, if your child is absent you will still be charged for the Incursion. 
  • All children booked into the service today will be participating in the ‘Retro Arcade Games’ Incursion. By booking your child into care today you are agreeing to them participating in the incursion.
  • Countless hours of fun for Kids and Big Kids!! Test your reaction speed with some of the best classic arcade games such as a race car simulator, Pinball, Retro sit down games, egg venture and air hockey.
  • This activity will be delivered at approx 10:00am on the 06.07.2022 and stay through to the end of the week (Friday 08.07.2022) for days of gaming fun. Please make sure your child is at the service on time so they don’t miss out on this exciting Incursion. 

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Thursday 07th July 2022 - 3 Day Compulsory Incursion - Retro Arcade Games

  • Additional Cost: $8.00 per child
  •  This is a pre-paid Incursion, if your child is absent you will still be charged for the Incursion. 
  • All children booked into the service today will be participating in the ‘Retro Arcade Games’ Incursion. By booking your child into care today you are agreeing to them participating in the incursion.
  • Countless hours of fun for Kids and Big Kids!! Test your reaction speed with some of the best classic arcade games such as a race car simulator, Pinball, Retro sit down games, egg venture and air hockey.
  • This activity will be delivered at approx 10:00am on the 06.07.2022 and stay through to the end of the week (Friday 08.07.2022) for days of gaming fun. Please make sure your child is at the service on time so they don’t miss out on this exciting Incursion. 

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Friday 08th July 2022 - 3 Day Compulsory Incursion - Retro Arcade Games

  • Additional Cost: $8.00 per child
  •  This is a pre-paid Incursion, if your child is absent you will still be charged for the Incursion. 
  • All children booked into the service today will be participating in the ‘Retro Arcade Games’ Incursion. By booking your child into care today you are agreeing to them participating in the incursion.
  • Countless hours of fun for Kids and Big Kids!! Test your reaction speed with some of the best classic arcade games such as a race car simulator, Pinball, Retro sit down games, egg venture and air hockey.
  • This activity will be delivered at approx 10:00am on the 06.07.2022 and stay through to the end of the week (Friday 08.07.2022) for days of gaming fun. Please make sure your child is at the service on time so they don’t miss out on this exciting Incursion. 

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Monday 11th July 2022 - Compulsory Incursion - Australian Wildlife Sanctuary - Wild Rover

  • Additional Cost: $15.00 per child
  •  This is a pre-paid Incursion, if your child is absent you will still be charged for the Incursion. 
  • All children booked into the service today will be participating in the ‘Australian Wildlife Sanctuary’ Incursion. By booking your child into care today you are agreeing to them participating in the incursion.
  • Using WILD Rover, educators will bring a range of Australian animals
    to the service today. Children are encouraged to engage and interact, helping to achieve positive learning outcomes to kids of all ages.  This is a great opportunity to meet some of our stunning Australian native wildlife, including birds, snakes, lizards and mini-beasts (animals subject to availability)
  • This activity will start at 10:00am. Please make sure your child is at the service on time so they don’t miss out on this exciting Incursion. 

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Tuesday 12th July 2022: In Service Day - Weird Science

Lots of science experiments – so bring your inquiring minds as we hypothesize, use trial and error, and experiment our way through the day! 

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Wednesday 13th July 2022 - In Service Day: Mega Dance Day

Zumba, dance battles and prizes, musical chairs, sing a long, karaoke, learn to dance and so much more!!  

Come dressed for a Party and Prizes for the craziest hair do!!  

Don’t forget your dancing shoes…  

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Thursday 14th July 2022 - Compulsory Incursion: Giant Games Day

  • Additional Cost: $15.00 per child
  •  This is a pre-paid Incursion, if your child is absent you will still be charged for the Incursion. 
  • All children booked into the service today will be participating in the ‘Giant Games Day’ Incursion. By booking your child into care today you are agreeing to them participating in the incursion.
  •  Giant Twister, Jenga, Connect 4, Checkers, 0’s and X’s & Snakes & Ladders at the service for a day of giant fun!!!
  • This activity will start at 10:00am and will run for 4 hours. Please make sure your child is at the service on time so they don’t miss out on this exciting Incursion. 

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Friday 15th July 2022 - In Service Day: Wheeled Toy Day

Bring along your bike and scooter.  Help design and create the wheeled toy track and area that will be used throughout the holidays on specific days.  Learn about road safety and riding our wheeled toys safely together.  

WHEELED TOY RULES – Read these rules with your child prior to attendance:

  1. All children must follow directions of Educators and ride within the designated riding area.
  2. All children must have a helmet and closed in shoes. If children do not have a correctly fitted helmet or suitable shoes, they will not be allowed to ride. Knee, wrist and elbow pads are required if bringing skateboards, roller blades, roller-skates etc.
  3. Children will not be allowed to ride another child’s Wheeled Toy, only owners permitted to ride.
  4. Children will not be able to do any tricks on their Wheeled Toys.
  5. Wheeled Toys must be walked into school grounds so that children playing are not injured.
  6. All Wheeled Toys must be taken home at the end of the day.
  7. Wheeled Toys need to be well-maintained, If staff deem any as unsafe, children will not be permitted to ride.
  8. Children must be able to ride wheeled toy competently and safely, it is not a learn to ride day.

DAC Risk Assessment – WHEELED TOYS

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Monday 18th July 2022 - Pupil Free Day - Great Challenge Day

Prepare to test your skills and challenge yourself physically and mentally with challenges like minute to win it, code breakers, sudoku and lots more…  

Do you have what it takes??  

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Important Information

How to Make a booking

CURRENT FAMILIES: You will need access to your EXISTING “My Family Lounge” Account – please DO NOT hit REGISTER – this will create a new account for you and delay your vacation care booking.

If you are unsure how to access YOUR account, please contact your service coordinator.

For NEW Families You will need to REGISTER to create a My Family Lounge Account and complete the online enrolment – if the online enrolment form has not been completed then your child will not receive a place.

See how to enrol here.

STEP 1

If you already attend Darlington Activity Centre you can skip this step.
If you don’t normally attend you will need to link your account to this service.

To find out how to do this you can follow the steps outlined in this sheet > How to… Link to Your Preferred Vacation Care Service 

Note: Once you have successfully completed this step it can take up to 24 hours for the system to allow you to make bookings.

STEP 2

Book your child into Vacation Care – follow the steps outlined in the link below.

How to Book your child into Vacation Care

Please Note: We do not send out any booking confirmations.   Once you have successfully completed the online enrolment and returned your child’s permission form, you have booked your child into care.
–   All the bookings showing up in Purple in My Family Lounge are the days you have successfully booked your child into care.

STEP 3

Please ensure you have returned your Direct Debit form.   If you have not already done so, please download our Direct Debit Authorisation and return to your service coordinator.

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Billing and Cancellations

  • Daily Fees and charges for Vacation Care can be found  here. 
  • There is an additional charge applied for any incursions and excursions – these are outlined above in the Winter Holiday Program
  • Fees will apply to all bookings, unless you have cancelled your booking in writing by the cut-off date for the holiday period.  No Cancellations will be accepted after this date.
    Fee Policy

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Child Care Subsity (CCS)

  • If you have not used the service in 12 weeks your CCS will automatically drop off and will show up as ‘Ceased’.  
  • To ensure that you receive CCS for Vacation Care,  you need to confirm your enrolment with CCS. 
  • To confirm your CCS you need to go on your My Gov account and go to your tasks and confirm your booking at Girraween Activity Centre. 
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you confirm your bookings, without completing this step you will pay full fees for the vacation care period. 

When Logging into My Gov to confirm CCS enrolment. 

  • Centrelink have their own weeks (that apply to their CCS fortnights), these do not always match our week one and two of vacation care, so this can be confusing when you go into confirm.    
  • CCS fortnights are sometimes different to Vacation Care Weeks, please don’t just “dispute” the booking as this can take some time to rectify.   Your booked days are correct as of this confirmation letter.
  • As per Centrelink guidelines, there may be some days during this vacation care period where you will be charged full fees, due to you capping out your approved hours in the CCS fortnight.  

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Arrival, Departures and Absences

  • An authorised person must sign children into care and out of care each day.   The service cannot be held liable for any child not signed in care.  
  • Children must be collected before 6:30pm.   
  • If a child is to be absent, parents/ guardians must contact the service before 8:30am and inform Educators of my child’s absence. You will be charged for absent days. 
    Pick Up and Drop Off Policy

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What to Pack

Please Note: 

  • We would prefer you leave toys and personal items at home.  The service takes no responsibility for items that are lost, broken or stolen. 
  • Please ensure that all items are labeled with your child’s name.  
  • Children are NOT to bring mobile phones or devices capable of making phone calls (e.g. smart watches) to the Service.  

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Medical Conditions, Asthma, Allergies and Additional Needs

  • Families must inform the service of any behavioural, medical or additional needs that a child may have to ensure the service is adequately staffed to cater for all children’s needs at the Service.
  • It is the parent/guardians responsibility to:
    –      inform the service of any medical conditions your child may have
    –      supply the service with medical management plans from a medical practitioner and all medications needed.
    Note: This must be done at least 5 working days prior to the child’s 1st day of care to ensure the Educators have sufficient time to complete a Risk Minimaisation plan.
  • As per Regulation 90 and our Medical Conditions Policy, without the correct medications and paperwork children will be unable to attend the service.
    Medical Conditions Policy
  • As per Regulation 95, medication must be supplied in the original container.
  • Medication cannot be administered if there is not a completed Medication Form or it is not in its original container.  Medication Administration Policy

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Wheeled Toys

Throughout the holiday period we have nominated days that children will be permitted to bring their wheeled toys, such as bikes and scooters – see above.
A detailed Risk Assessment and Polices has been carried out and is available here:
(add risk assessment here)
Wheeled Toy Policy

Please Note: In wet weather bike and scooter day will not go ahead.

WHEELED TOY RULES – Read these rules with your child prior to attendance:

  1. All children must follow directions of Educators and ride within the designated riding area.
  2. All children must have a helmet and closed in shoes. If children do not have a correctly fitted helmet or suitable shoes, they will not be allowed to ride. Knee, wrist and elbow pads are required if bringing skateboards, roller blades, roller-skates etc.
  3. Children will not be allowed to ride another child’s Wheeled Toy, only owners permitted to ride.
  4. Children will not be able to do any tricks on their Wheeled Toys.
  5. Wheeled Toys must be walked into school grounds so that children playing are not injured.
  6. All Wheeled Toys must be taken home at the end of the day.
  7. Wheeled Toys need to be well-maintained, If staff deem any as unsafe, children will not be permitted to ride.
  8. Children must be able to ride wheeled toy competently and safely, it is not a learn to ride day.

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Electronic Games and Media

  • Children can bring along their electronic gaming device to be played with during the allocated times only – when not being played children can lock games up and sign them into our register.  
  • All devices must have internet, calling and messaging capabilities shut off prior to them being brought into the service. 
  • If these features can’t be deactivated then children will not be able to play on then, we will lock them up in a secure location and hand back to the parent at the end of the day.
  • We ask that no child bring phones or devices capable of making phone calls and messages, including smart watches – if families wish to contact their child while they are in care, you are welcome to do so via calling the service directly.
  • All gaming device cameras must be covered at all times. 
  • One device per child is to be brought in. 
  • Games and Apps used need to be rated G or PG only.  Educators will not allow children to play games they deem as inappropriate.  
  • Social Media applications and sites will not be able to be used while at the service.
  • Please label all devices with names.  
  • We WILL NOT charge game devices at the service – they must come fully charged. 
  • Children are only permitted to play their own device.
  • Anyone not following the rules will not be permitted to play. 
  • We take no responsibility for lost or broken electronic devices.  If you are concerned about this please leave them at home. 
  • We ask parents ensure they discuss these rules with your child prior to allowing them to bring their devices to the service.

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Additional Information

  • Emergency drills are practiced randomly throughout the holidays.  The evacuation plan is in place and located at the exit of each room. 
  • First aid kits are easily accessible and well stocked at all times.  
  • At all times we will have educators on shift who hold a current first aid certificate, as well as asthma and anaphylaxis training.  
  • Sunscreen is available at the service and will be applied to the children when required. 
  • While at the service children may be photographed and appear in photo books, organisation videos, class dojo, social media or our website.   If I do not wish for this to occur then you need to inform the service is writing and update your enrolment form in My Family Lounge.  
  • All children are expected to follow the Service rules and Educator instructions.  If a child fails to do so, a parent/guardian or (if they are unavailable) an authorised contact will be called to collect. 
  • Families and Children must abide by all Activity Centres Inc., Policies and Procedures.   These can be viewed on request at the service or here

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