Outside School Hours Care
The Helping Hands Network partners with Suncoast Christian College to deliver before and after school care and vacation care services.
Helping Hands is a local Sunshine Coast provider operating in many schools on the coast. Helping Hands will directly communicate with families upon enrolment.
Before school care is available between 6:30am-8:30 am and breakfast is provided.
After school care is available five days per week, from 3:15pm to 6:00pm. Prep and Year 1 students are escorted between their classrooms and the OHSC service. Older students can walk straight from their classrooms.
A copy of the Parent Handbook is available on request from the service coordinator, or by contacting the Helping Hands Help Desk on (07) 5390 0500.
Helping Hands Network tailors their programs to meet the local school community needs, providing much more than child minding.
Their programs are designed to develop stronger, healthier, happier children and to provide an environment that is like a ‘home away from home’.
Programs are developed in consultation with children, parents, the school community and Helping Hands Educators. They are tailored to cater to the children’s age, skill, interests and abilities through a variety of challenging and recreational activities.
A full day program is available, five days per week during holiday periods, and on Student Free Days from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Children who do not attend Suncoast Christian College are welcome to attend. A wide range of programs are offered, chosen in consultation with the children and families, to meet the age, skills, abilities and interests of the children.
Helping Hands Network provides a healthy breakfast at Before School Care and a healthy afternoon tea at After School Care. Breakfast, morning tea, and afternoon tea are all provided at Vacation Care.
In addition to these meals the children also have the opportunity to participate in cooking activities and the occasional special treat.
If you would like to know more about Helping Hands, please click here to go to their website at or call their Help Desk on (07) 5438 9549.
The Helping Hands OSHC facility is located in Suncoast Auditorium Annex. All children attending the service must be dropped off or collected by an authorised person and signed in and out of the OSHC room each day.
There are a number of schemes available to parents including;
Child Care Benefit (CCB) – CCB is a means tested benefit available to parents accessing Outside School Hours Care. The percentage benefit available to a family is determined by criteria including the number of children in care and household income. Helping Hands Network automatically lodges claims on behalf of parents, and only bills for the difference.
Child Care Rebate (CCR) – This rebate is available to all families, and entitles families to receive 50% of their out-of-pocket child care costs up to $7,500 per child per year. This can be claimed as a rebate paid quarterly. Alternatively, you can now arrange to have it paid direct to Helping Hands to reduce your upfront fee payment. If you would like to take up this second option, please contact Centrelink in the first instance, to make these arrangements.
Cost to parents after CCB and CCT
To get a quote, or to make an enquiry to use the service, please contact the Coordinator of the service directly on mobile 0448125999, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Helping Hands Help Desk on email: email@example.com or phone (07) 5390 0500.
Currently, places are available in Before School Care, After School Care and for Vacation Care.
For more information on Helping Hands Network, or information on enrolling at the service: please visit the Helping Hands Network website at www.helpinghandsnetwork.com.au and select Our Schools/Families, and follow the prompts.