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Holiday programs

Holiday Programs

Every school holidays, we run a School Holiday Program providing an opportunity for your child to grow and learn from new experiences. Our holiday program is open to children actively enrolled in any primary schools in the Macedon Ranges.

Our holiday programs are tailored to ensure your child participates in fun, adventure and interest-based activities through excursions and incursions helping them become more confident and independent.


Holiday care hours: 6.30am to 6.30pm

July Holiday Program 
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  • What is OSHC?
    Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) is supervised care and recreation for school-age children. Hours for our OSHC services are: Before school: 6.30am - 8.45 am After school: 3.30 pm - 6.30 pm Holiday Care: 6.30 am - 6.30pm
  • What do we offer?
    Structured and unstructured activities that are on offer during every session include arts, crafts, sports, games, a quiet homework area. Activities are catered to children’s interests. So, you can be assured you will get fun and age-appropriate activities that suits your child’s needs. Breakfast and afternoon tea is also provided during care.
  • Staffing
    Our Staff are either teachers, diploma qualified or actively working towards appropriate qualifications. All staff are police checked, have current Working with Children’s checks, First Aid qualifications, Anaphylaxis Management training and Emergency Asthma Management training that have been approved by Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority.
  • Homework
    A quiet area is available for students wishing to complete homework and readers, however Bug-A-Lugs OSHC will not be responsible for homework being done or completed.
  • When will OSHC commence?
    Holiday Care will commence from Tuesday 2nd of January 2024 in Kyneton and yes if you have a new prep, they can join us! Term bookings for Woodend Primary School term care starts from Tuesday 30th January, Kyneton Primary School starts on Wednesday 31st January and Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Ambrose Primary School on Thursday the 1st of February. We also provide care on the prep rest days if we have enough interest for your convenience.
  • Holiday Care
    Bug-A-Lugs provides care during school holidays and pupil free days (depending on demand). Holiday care will include incursions and excursions. Details will be available at your school and will be on the Bug-A-Lugs website four weeks before commencement.
  • How do I enrol my child?
    Bug-A-Lugs uses a fantastic online booking and waitlist management program called QK Enrol, which most importantly gives you access to make bookings and complete an online enrolment form for your child, all within a parent portal called My Family Lounge. Go to the Register for Care page to access the My Family Lounge portal. Once you have an account with us, we will be sending you a welcome email with your My Family Lounge parent portal log in details. Then you will be able to log in and request bookings for your child at your convenience
  • Fees
    Full fee is $95 per day Excursions $120 per day before rebates. $20 administration fee as a once off payment per family per year. (please remember you must go to MyGov website and complete the Childcare Subsidy questionnaire to receive childcare rebates) Refunds: No refunds will be given or cancellations accepted once bookings have been received. * Please note that all activities are pre booked and in the event that an Excursion or an Incursion is cancelled, it will be beyond our control and no refunds will be given.
  • Priority of Access
    Enrolments are accepted in line with the Commonwealth Government priority of access guidelines. Please visit DESE priority access guidelines for more information.
  • Transporting Children
    We are required to transport children from Kyneton Primary School, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Primary and Saint Ambrose Parish Primary School, as we off OSHC off site to these schools. Children are transported by car, minibus, or Organs Bus. You are required to give us permission to transport your child to their school. We work closely with the school to ensure no child is left behind. You need to help us by informing your child’s school that we will be collecting them, if you are making any last-minute bookings for After School care. For more information, please talk to our friendly staff.
  • National Quality Standards
    We are proud to have been rated as "Exceeding the NQS” for both of our centers! For that extra piece of mind, The National Quality Standard sets a benchmark for the quality of all education and care services across Australia. Services are rated by their regulatory authority against the seven areas of the NQS to determine the quality of care being provided. The process reflects a uniform approach to assessment and reporting across the range of service settings. Ratings promote transparency and accountability and help parents assess the quality of education and care of services available. Every service receives a rating for each quality area and an overall rating. There are four rating levels within the national quality rating with Exceeding being the highest rating. More information can be found at Starting Blocks
  • Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
    Login to MyGov and complete your online Child Care Subsidy Activity Test. You can estimate your subsidy on the website. Child Care Subsidy has now increased From the 7th July 2023, most families using early childhood education and care (ECEC) will get more subsidy and more families are also now eligible for CCS.Changes include: The family income limit to get CCS has increased to $530,000. The maximum amount of CCS has increased from 85% to 90%. Families earning $80,000 or less get a CCS rate of 90%. Families earning over $80,000 get a CCS rate that decreases by 1% for each $5,000 of family income. This rate reaches 0% for families earning $530,000. Families earning below $362,408 with more than one child aged 5 or under in care get a higher rate for their second and younger children. Families with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child in their care can get at least 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight, regardless of their circumstances. What do families need to do? Families already getting CCS don’t need to do anything to get the new rates. Services Australia is applying the changes automatically. Families who earn between $356,756 and $530,000 may now be entitled to CCS. These families can lodge a CCS claim with Services Australia. Some families already using care may currently be assessed for CCS and get 0% but are now eligible for an increased rate. These families should check that their income estimate is up to date through their Centrelink online account. Families should tell Services Australia that they have an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child in their care if they would like to get at least 36 hours of subsidised care. Families can call Services Australia on the Centrelink families line to let them know a child in their care is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. It is voluntary to tell Services Australia this. Families do not need to do anything if they already get more than 36 hours of subsidy based on their circumstances. **Please note** If your child has not attended child care for 8 continuous weeks, your enrolment will end. For example, this can happen if you only use vacation care during school holidays. Read what you need to do to restart your CCS Childcare subsidy calculator To find out more information Call Family Assistance Office on 136 150 (8:00am-8:00pm) or visit ChildCare Subsidy - Services Australia
  • Term Dates 2024
    Term 1: 30/01/2024 - 28/03/2024 Term 2: 15/04/2024 - 28/06/2024 Term 3: 15/07/2024 - 20/09/2024 Term 4: 07/10/2024 - 20/12/2024
  • Prep-Free Wednesdays
    Preps are not required to attended school for the first 4 to 6 Wednesdays of Term 1. We will provide a full day of care to preps to accommodate for working families on these days. Preps can be dropped off at Kyneton, at any time between 6.30am-6.30pm. Full Childcare rebates will apply for eligible families on this day. Please email to submit your expression of interest for care on these days.
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