Focal’s Vacation and After-School Care Services aim to offer affordable out-of-school care for children with disability.

We run safe, well respected Vacation Care and After-School Hours Services from Ipswich Special School: 2A Milford Street, Ipswich, QLD.

Our philosophy

At Focal, we believe that when working with children, it is important to provide a service that:

  • fosters a positive self-esteem and self-concept; each and every child is individual and unique
  • is stimulating, flexible and responsive to the needs of children’s growth and development (physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative).
  • reflects a diversity of needs, interests and abilities
  • provides opportunities for children to actively explore their own environment and learn through play and discovery.
  • provides a safe and welcoming environment for children, families, staff and community members
  • develops and maintains positive relationships with children, families, staff and the community, who work together to provide a quality service.

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE FACT SHEET

Focal runs several after-school care activities, including cooking, arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, movies and gaming. The group will go shopping or go to the park once a term to change things up a bit.

Our service runs from 2:45pm to 5:30pm at a cost of $15 per child, per session. Check with Centrelink as you may be eligible for the Child Care Benefit (CCB) fee reduction for this service.

Child Care Benefit

CCB is a payment made by the Commonwealth Government to help families with the cost of quality child care. Please contact the Family Assistance Office (FAO) to test your eligibility to claim CCB.

Families need to lodge the CCB application and produce all relevant documentation to the FAO. It is also your responsibility to inform the FAO of any changes of circumstances which may affect their CCB.

Contact the FAO on 13 61 50.

Non-payment of fees

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the coordinator as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.

Account billing

Fees are to be paid in full at the end of each week. Fees are to be paid as stated on the weekly invoice.

Payment options include:

  • cheque
  • cash
  • direct debit – bank
  • Eftpos/BPay

Late fees

Any parent who collects their child/ren after the designated time will be charged a late fee of $16.50 for every 15 minutes that they are late.

Designated times are:

  • 5:30pm for After-School Care Services.

Contact

Contact Kerri Siebenhausen, Service Manager, on (07) 3812 2014 or 0424 506 546, or email mailto:childcare@focal.org.au.

Vacation Care incorporates the activities from after-school care, but on a greater scale. With more opportunities to go further afield, Focal goes to different parks and swimming pools, plus venues like Springloaded and Inflatable World.

Vacation care fees are charged at $25 a day. Stay tuned for our next period of vacation care.

Excursions and activities

Excursions and some activities will incur an additional fee.  Bookings must be made two weeks prior to the excursion/activity and a 50% non-refundable deposit must be paid at this time to secure the booking.

Account billing

Fees are to be paid in full at the end of each week. Fees are to be paid as stated on the weekly invoice.

Payment options include:

  • cheque
  • cash
  • direct debit – bank
  • Eftpos/BPay

Late fees

Any parent who collects their child/ren after the designated time will be charged a late fee of $16.50 for every 15 minutes that they are late.

Designated times are:

  • 3:30pm for 5–11yr olds (Junior vacation care)
  • 5:30pm for 12–18yr olds (Senior vacation care)

Contact

Contact Kerri Siebenhausen, Service Manager, on (07) 3812 2014 or 0424 506 546, or email mailto:childcare@focal.org.au.