Thank you for hosting such fun vacation care days! Miki had lots of fun in the holidays on the days she attended!

Juliet cried when vacation care finished last holidays because she was going to miss the teachers so much!

I have to say Amelia really enjoys vacation care and looks forward to the next holidays. It makes me happy to know she enjoys it.

Thank you for having Phoebe, she had such a great time and it was a great help to me whilst I was at work.

Thanks for confirming our dates, I’m sure Phoenix & Sacha will enjoy it as much as they did last time, they had a blast!

Just wanted to say thank you, it was Zach’s first time these holidays and he really enjoyed it. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, I especially loved how the teachers met Zach and made him feel welcome and made the effort to settle him in. Thank you!

Thanks again for a great few weeks, it’s been a first time for our children, and the kids have loved it. Will definitely be back in the next holidays.

Declan said this morning, I’m so excited, it’s almost the holidays. I said, why? Because I get to go to vacation care!

My son had a wonderful vacation care day there, very caring staff.

Vacation care for the October school holidays has been cancelled. During this pandemic time, the safety of our families and our staff remains our main priority together with the viability of running a thrilling holiday program for your children. We are looking forward to seeing you all here again in January for an enriching, sensational holiday break. 

For our Vacation Care FAQ, click here!

For Enrolment Info, click here!

The Vacation Care program runs at the YWCA Hunter throughout the school holidays. It is an innovative, FUN packed program that ensures the children of working parents have a thrilling and enriching school holiday experience. Funded and accredited under the Dept of Education, the program caters for parents working in the inner city and local children alike.

Through excursions, incursions and in-house theme days the children create, use their imaginations and physically challenge themselves while learning new skills and having fun. All vacation care activities are delivered through many fun, community aware and interesting themes set under the ‘My Time Our Place’ government guidelines. Children must be enrolled at school to be able to attend.

YWCA Hunter is also an accredited childcare provider so parents can claim the Child Care Subsidy towards their vacation care fees.

Program Info

    During school holidays – two weeks each holiday break and three & a half weeks in the January school holidays.
    5-22 January 2021

  • TIME
    YWCA Hunter, 24 Dawson St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300

    Children aged 5-12 yrs and attending primary school

  • COST
    From $55 per child per day. This price is before the Child Care Subsidy is applied to your account. Some families out of pocket expenses are as little as $11 per day!

    The Australian Government introduced a new child care package in 2018. The existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate was replaced with the new “Child Care Subsidy”. Ensure you have been assessed for the Child Care Subsidy before enrolling:

    Please note changes to your booking can only be made by selecting an alternative day of care, if vacancies are available (within the current vacation care period). Changes to bookings must be received by our office by 2pm on the day before the vacation care booking. Booking cancellations are not accepted. All non-attendance will be deemed as ‘absent’ and fees will apply. For more information regarding this and other matters relating to our centre please refer to the Vacation Care Family Information brochure.

  • CRAFT 
    We’re always in need of cardboard tubes (no toilet rolls), plastic lids from wet wipes/baby wipes packets, plastic chinese containers – please save them & bring them in for us to upcycle!

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We are not currently accepting new enrolments.


Our July vacation care program has been cancelled. We are not taking bookings for the July holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vacation Care is suitable for children who attend primary school. Whether you are a new family or have attended here before, we would love to welcome you to the YWCA Hunter!

Cost starts at $55 per child per day (before the Child Care Subsidy CCS is applied to your account). Some families out of pocket expenses cost as little as $11 per day. Price varies, depending on what activities are on offer each day. Refer to our Booking form for specific prices.

An annual family administration fee of $15 is charged at the first vacation care attendance each calendar year.

CCS reduces your out of pocket vacation care costs, it is deducted from your account. Ensure you have already been assessed for the CCS before enrolling. Simply log into your MyGov account to complete your assessment, or contact Centrelink ph 136 150.

Select your dates on our Booking form (click to download), complete and return to

Form is a fillable pdf, save to your device before completing. We confirm all bookings via email within 3 days.

We are unable to accept bookings over the phone, or and unfortunately cannot accept bookings via the Xplor Home app (we are currently unable to personalise & add relevant information in the app).

Enrol online here

If you are experiencing any issues when submitting your enrolment, check that you have inputted correct CRN and correct date of birth.

If your email address isn’t accepted, it is because your email is currently in use at another child care centre who also uses Xplor software. Try another email such as a work email. Or if you have a gmail try adding +1 Or if you no longer use the centre where your email is registered, contact them and ask them to remove it.

Still experiencing problems? Contact us on 02 4929 2954 or email and we’ll be happy to help.

Your child can wear comfortable, casual clothing. Enclosed footwear is best so please avoid thongs! If your child is attending on an excursion day, please get them to wear a red shirt for easy identification. On an in-house day, children are encouraged to dress according to the day’s theme (eg Superhero day, wear your favourite superhero cape!).

Please bring a refillable water bottle, broad brimmed hat, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Each day is different, depending on what activities are organised, refer to our Booking form for daily requirements.

If it’s your very first time attending vacation care with us, allow an extra 5 minutes at drop off. On arrival, advise staff it’s your first day. We will set you up on the ipad (for digital sign in/out). We will show you and your child around the centre, help settle in your child and answer any questions you may have.

To allow your child to settle in well and get a good understanding of how we operate, we recommend booking in your first day on an in-house or incursion day so that your child gets a feel for our centre before heading off site on an excursion. We understand this isn’t always possible.

We are open from 7.30am till 6.00pm.

Please arrive by 9.30am each day, unless an early departure time is specified on our Booking form, then arrive 40 mins prior to departure time.

Yes, if they are already listed as an authorised emergency contact in your Xplor profile and we have their contact details listed. If they’re a new contact, please send an email to with their full name, phone number & advise you authorise them to collect your child from vacation care. If you’re not sure who you have listed for your emergency contacts, just give us a call on 02 4929 2954 or email and we will advise.

Have lots of fun! Activities such as craft, art, cooking, games and excursions. Each day is different, an in-house day usually look like this…

  • 7.30am        Free time period. Games, craft, active and electronic games and board games are available for the children’s enjoyment during free time.
  • 9.30am        Morning program (theme for the day)
  • 11.00am      Morning tea
  • 11.30am      Program continues
  • 1.00pm        Lunch
  • 1.30pm        Free time period
  • 1.50pm        Rest
  • 2.00pm        Afternoon program
  • 3.30pm        Afternoon tea
  • 4.00pm        Pack away and tidy up
  • 4.15pm        Afternoon DVD movie (Only G Rated movies are watched in the Centre)
  • 6.00pm        Centre close

Please arrive by 9.30am each day, unless you are booked in for an excursion with an early departure, then arrive 40 mins prior to excursion departure time. Excursion times are listed on our Booking form.

Invoices are emailed after attendance, payable within 7 days. Please add to your safe list to ensure invoices don’t get lost in your spam folder.

All invoices not paid by the due date will automatically incur a $20 administration charge.

We don’t have a direct debit option. Please directly deposit to our bank account, using your childs name as a reference.  BSB  062 815  Account No. 1046 7106

Cancellations are not accepted. Changes to your booking can only be made by selecting an alternative day of care (within the current vacation care period) if vacancies are available. Changes to bookings must be received by our office by 2pm on the day before the vacation care booking. Booking cancellations are not accepted. All non-attendance will be deemed as ‘absent’ and fees will apply.


Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Or give us a call on 02 4929 2954 and one of our staff will be happy to help!