SMOOSH offers before school, after school and vacation care to families of St. Mary’s Primary School Erskineville. Where there is availability, children from other primary schools are welcome.
Before School Care (BSC)
BSC offers before school supervision and breakfast from 7.00am on certain days of the week. These days are currently Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children are walked to the main playground at 8.30am in time for the first bell which is at 8.40am. BSC was previously offered five days a week, but demand has changed from 2020 during COVID lockdown and as a result this has changed. These days may be reevaluated if demand increases again.
After School Care (ASC)
ASC runs from 3.00pm each day of the week until 6.00pm. Children go to ASC directly from school and during the afternoon are offered a variety of areas to utilise and activities to complete in both indoor and outdoor environments (weather permitting). Children must be collected from ASC by 6.00pm. Parents are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to help facilitate the 6.00pm SMOOSH closure. Additional fees will apply for children picked up after 6.00pm.
Demand for places in our After School Care service is very high and there is generally a waiting list for each day of the week. Our ASC service is capped at 56 children each day which is based on the maximum space ratio of SMOOSH. Some families will find it takes a year for them to move through the wait list to be offered a spot depending on their place on the waitlist.
Children at ASC are offered afternoon tea.
Vacation care runs during most school holidays and pupil free days from 8.00am – 6.00pm. Occasionally SMOOSH will need to close during holidays due to school maintenance but we try to minimise this. SMOOSH is closed on public holidays.
There is a program of activities for the holiday period, combining activity themed days at KOSMAC House, incursions where an external provider is invited to run activities for the children or excursions where children are taken to an external venue.
An example of our vacation care program can be found here.
The daily cost of vacation care is based on the type of activity running (see fees page for more information).
SMOOSH is usually able to satisfy demand for places during school vacation periods.
SMOOSH closes for three weeks over the Christmas period and typically reopens mid-January each year.