Macquarie University Vacation Care provides a fun, recreational program for up to 55 primary school aged children per day during the school holidays. The program, founded on the “My Time Our Place” framework, changes each holiday period and includes a combination of excursions, incursions, art/craft, drama, cooking, games and sports. These experiences are based on our educator’s understanding of the interests and developmental levels of school aged children, with the option to offer different activities for older and younger children. Whenever possible, children also provide direct input into the daily activities, making suggestions for both the current and future program.
Bookings open four weeks prior to each holiday period and families are encouraged to register early to secure a place.
Vacation Care is open between 7:30am - 6:15pm during NSW school holidays. We are located at Building S11A, 11 University Avenue, Macquarie University or W17 on the campus map (PDF). On your arrival, please follow the pathway to the end of the veranda. Limited parking is available for drop off/pick up times each day.
Vacation Care provides a healthy afternoon tea each day.
Children are to wear comfortable clothing with closed in shoes and bring their morning tea, lunch, a water bottle, and hat each day.
NEW: Families have the option of purchasing lunch orders, inclusive of morning tea and lunch; orders can be made at the time of booking into Vacation Care.
Bookings for December 2017 - January 2018 are now open! Bookings will remain open throughout the duration of the program
- December 2017 program will run from Monday 18th December - Friday 22nd December
- January 2018 program will run from Monday 8th January - Monday 29th January
Please complete the Booking Form and follow the directions in the Booking Instructions. Children can only participate in excursions if Vacation Care has received the applicable signed Excursion Form prior to the excursion taking place.
Vacation Care has a standard base fee per day in addition to any excursion or incursion costs that might apply. Excursion and incursion costs can be found on the program.
Daily fees are:
- MQ Students $62.50 per day
- MQ Staff $63.00 per day
- Community $69.00 per day
Vacation Care is an Approved Service, so eligible families may have their fee reduced through the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Prior to booking into Vacation Care, it is recommended families become familiar with the Fee Payment Policy