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Out of School Hours Care

The Helping Hands Network works in partnership with Norman Park State School to provide Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services to the school community. Currently, places are available in Before School Care, After School Care and for Vacation Care.


Renee Kerswell 

Mobile: 0467 677 762

To speak to the accounts department, please call (07) 5438 9549.


The Helping Hands Network OSHC room at Norman Park State School is located on top of D block. All children attending the service must be dropped off in the morning or collected in the afternoon by an authorised person and signed in and out of the OSHC room each day. 


The 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'. The 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. 

Before and After School Care

Care is available 5 days per week during term time. Before school, the service operates from 6.30 am to 8.45 am. After school, the service operates 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. The Years 2 -6 students walk to and from their classrooms to attend the service. Educators from the service pick up and drop off the Prep and Year 1 students and escort them to and from the OSHC room. 

Vacation Care and student free days

A full day program is available 5 days per week during school holidays, and on Student Free Days from 6.30 am to 6.00 pm.  


The 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. 


Before School Care: $13 per session.

After School Care: $19 per session.

Vacation Care: $44 per session.

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. The Helping Hands Network automatically lodges claims on behalf of parents, and only bills for the difference. 

Child Care Tax Rebate (CCTR)

This rebate is also available to 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 either be claimed as a rebate paid quarterly, or from the 2011/12 financial year, have it claimed straight out of your fees. Please contact Centrelink in the first instance, if you would like to have it deducted from your fees. 

Cost to parents after CCB and CCTR (see above). 

After CCB and CCTR, costs per child per session for a permanent booking range from: 

  • Before school care - $1.48 up to $5.00
  • After school care - $2.81 up to $7.50
  • Vacation care - $2.01 up to $20.00

These costs are based on current rebate estimates as provided by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), but may be subject to change by the department.

Parent Handbook

A copy of the Parent Handbook is available on request from the service coordinator, or by contacting the Helping Hands Network head office on (07) 5438 9549.