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Laura Jean Family Portrait Fundraiser – Nov 24th

Need a Christmas Gift idea? This might help…! A Family Portrait Photo Fundraiser is being held on Saturday 24th November @ the Lakeside Community Centre… $20 Donation and you receive a free framed portrait plus a keyring too! Give Sonia a call on 5519 3476 to book and pay…

Summer Vacation Care 2 Locations

Summer Vacation Care @ Young Discoverers OSHC!!!

Need Vacation Care for the upcoming School Holidays?

We  would love to assist!

And we now have two great locations!

 

  • OSHC Upper Coomera, 58 Highland Way, Upper Coomera…  Ph: 0407 595 466

    Our purpose built facility!

  • OSHC Emmanuel, 1 Birmingham Road, Carrara…   Ph: 5561 4005

    Our new centre opened in July!

Give us a call and we can send you through the Vacation Care Program and enrolment forms!

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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“My Gov”

Remember that if you make any changes to your booking that are of a permanent nature we will need you to log in to your “MyGov” account to confirm those same said changes please…

Many thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding as we all learn this new skill set that is the “Childcare Subsidy”!!!

 

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Busy Days at Young Discoverers!

Well it has been a whirlwind of activity within Young Discoverers!  We are thrilled to finally have “opened for business” at Emmanuel College, providing Before and After School Care for the Emmanuel Community!

At Emmanuel College the OSHC rooms have been totally refurbished with a fresh new coat of paint and new carpets!  Add to that a good clean up of existing resources together with a large new toy & resource order and the attending children’s eyes nearly popped out of their heads when they first entered!  We are super excited by this opportunity and look forward to supporting the Emmanuel families in the same way we support ALL of our families!

The transition across to the new Childcare Subsidy has been somewhat challenging but we are getting there!  Remember to ensure that you log in to your “MyGov” account and confirm Young Discoverers as your childcare provider if you still have that task on your “to do” list!  Some “crinkles” are still being ironed out by the Department of Education and Training and Centrelink but it has been a huge change on many different levels so thank you for your patience and assistance!  We are very appreciative!

As always, we are here to help, so always feel free to give us a call should you have any queries, questions or concerns!

We’re adding to the Young Discoverers Family!

We are thrilled to be adding to our Young Discoverers family!

From July 17, 2018 we are very happy to announce that Young Discoverers will be the new licensee operating the Outside School Hours Care facility at Emmanuel College, Birmingham Road, Carrara.

We look forward to making new friends (or reconnecting with old ones!) as we embark on this exciting journey!

Watch this space for further information as with the introduction of the new Childcare Subsidy also pending it makes for a very busy few weeks coming up!

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The New Childcare Package is here!

The new Childcare package is here!  Be sure to go to www.education.gov.au/childcare should you need to know more!

As always, we are here to help so if you have your hourly entitlement and percentage information come and see us!  We have a groovy estimator tool that will give us an “indicative” out of pocket estimate for you and will allow us to ensure that you are on the best solution to get the maximum benefits from your entitlements!

 

 

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The new “Child Care Package” is coming in July 2018

The year 2017 is fast coming to a close and it is now that we start looking forward to the New Year and what is in store for 2018!

An important consideration for you will be the Government’s New Child Care Package which commences on 2 July 2018.

Under the new package, the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate will be replaced by a new Child Care Subsidy.

The amount of subsidy that families will receive will be based on three things:

1.       their combined family income
2.       the level of ‘approved’ activity they undertake
3.       the type of child care service they use.

The easiest way to work out how much subsidy you may be eligible for is through the Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator which is available here

It’s easy to use and only takes a few minutes to fill out.

As we receive more information and come to understand the new processes we will of course share this so that you too can understand!

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Great Online Resources

 

 

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There are some terrific online resources out there available to both Educators and families…

The Raising Children Network and Early Years Count provide outstanding online resources to support both parents and children in the early years.

Take some time to “look around” in these sites!  They have all sorts of handy & useful information!

 

 

A quick reminder about Immunisations!

A copy of  your child’s immunisation record is required at enrolment please.  This must be in the form of an official record issued by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register or a letter from a recognised immunisation provider (e.g. a GP or immunisation nurse).  As your child progresses through with their subsequent immunisation schedules, so too their updated record will need to be provided…  Regrettably the “Personal Health Record” (the ‘red book’) from Queensland Health is no longer an acceptable proof of immunisation as it contains only handwritten updates.

A child must be fully immunised, on a catch up immunisation schedule or have a valid exemption at the time a parent makes their very first claim for Childcare Benefit.  Please provide your valid exemption from your General Practitioner if applicable.

N.B.     Not providing this information will result in exclusion from care in the event of particular infections, at the discretion of the Population Health Unit. Normal fees will apply during absence.

You can get a copy of your child’s immunisation records held on ACIR (Australian Childhood Immunisation Register):

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Chaplain News

We are so blessed to have chaplains as part of our care team at Young Discoverers. Crosslife Church made a commitment several years ago to ensure that staff, families and children had access to the support of a chaplain as needed. The chaplains are there to chat with, they run classes such as parenting courses, they support educators with lesson prep as required, organize volunteers to help run family events and provide “Sunday School” type classes to our children. These ladies are a true asset to our service and we don’t know what we ever did without them! Let me introduce you to our beautiful chaplains.

We have two principle chaplains, Nan, who is based at Helensvale and Lisa, based at Highland Reserve.  We are also so very blessed to have a third chaplain in Deb, filling in on the Chaplaincy team as required but also a much loved staff member at our Highland Reserve OSHC centre.  Deb holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services.

Nan has a passion for working with children and has worked in childcare for many years. Nan recently achieved her Bachelor of Early Childhood and has been working in the capacity of chaplain since mid 2014.  Nan brings a wealth of experience and is always willing to have a chat.

Lisa has been with us for a few years now after initially starting as a volunteer with our founding chaplain, Gloria (now retired). Lisa has a background in youth work and has a natural affinity with children. Lisa is passionate about providing support structures for people in need and also makes a mean cuppa!!

Please introduce yourselves to our Chaplains and if you ever need a chat know that their door is always open!