At Upwey South Primary School, we run an extensive Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Program. This program is held in our Lifelong Learning Centre, with the entrance on Morris Road; adjacent to the Dandenong Ranges Childcare Centre.
The ease of access to the facility for families, and the high-quality programs make it an extremely popular feature of our school community.
The program is outsourced to Extend OSHC Services, and is staffed by regular permanent staff members. Before and after-school care is available each weekday, with full-day care being available on curriculum days.
The holiday program also services students from surrounding schools, such as Tecoma PS, St Thomas Mores PS, Upwey PS, and Upper Ferntree Gully PS.
Our numbers from Term One, 2018 are:
- before-school care ~30+
- after-school care ~30
- vacation care~ up to 40
As the Program Coordinator, I have a wonderful opportunity to make a huge difference across our school community. Each morning, I am fortunate to greet many of our students, and fill them up with a healthy breakfast ready to start their day of learning. I also have the added bonus of being able to hear about their learning, as many students re-join the program at the end of a school day. Prior to my role at USPS, I have spent the last four years in the early childhood sector, working across kindergartens and swim schools. My family say I’ve always had a passion for working with children from a very young age, apparently even making my younger sister play “schools” every day when we were kids! Outside of school, I love to spend my weekends water-skiing.