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The YMCA is the largest provider of OSCAR programmes in New Zealand.

At the YMCA we provide before and after school services for children aged 5-14 years as well as School Holiday Programmes. We have a bigger kids programme for ages 11+ which is run from 77 Tay Street after school.

We also have the option of childcare for gym members while they workout.

All programmes are CYF accredited and WINZ subsidies may be available.

OSCAR Sites

  • YMCA Breakfast Club at 77 Tay Street
  • YMCA After School Care at St Patrick’s Primary School
  • YMCA After School Care at Fernworth Primary School

Our programmes are overseen by a YMCA National Service Manager who works solely for the development and implementation of quality childcare programmes. No other after school care programme provides this dedication to quality and development.

For OSCAR information contact Leanne Hyde by phone 03 218 2989 ext.5 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content.


Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club Programme is a before school service where parents can drop off their children in the mornings before school. The programme is located at YMCA Recreation in the city centre (77 Tay Street, beside Pak n’Save) The YMCA has an excellent OSCAR team who are here to provide your child with high quality care.

We can provide them with breakfast, help them with any last minute homework and entertain them with games, arts and crafts. We then drop children off to school in our YMCA vans.

We have a minimum of two staff.

Programme Hours

We open at 6.30am and drop children at school after 8.30 am.

Transportation

All our vehicles are registered and warranted and our staff carry a full NZ Drivers Licence. We pride ourselves on being safe and alert drivers.

Food

We provide the following foods:

  • Cereals: Weetbix, cornflakes, rice bubbles, porridge, toast (with a variety of spreads), fruit, Milo and milk
  • We can also cater for any special dietary needs.

Price

You can book your child at our programme for a daily charge of $10.20. Most parents are eligible for a WINZ subsidy for this service which then makes it very affordable.

For OSCAR information contact Leanne Hyde by phone 03 218 2989 ext.5 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content.


After School Care Programme

Our After School Care Programmes are held at;

  • St Patricks School on Metzger Street
  • Fernworth School on Pomona Street
  • YMCA Recreation Centre at 77 Tay Street

Children either come straight from those schools or our trusted drivers pick them up from school in our YMCA vans. All our vehicles are registered and warranted and our staff carry a full NZ Drivers Licence. We pride ourselves on being safe and alert drivers.

The YMCA has an excellent OSCAR team who are here to provide your child with high quality care.

We provide them with afternoon tea, help them with any homework they need done and entertain them with games, sports, arts, crafts, baking and much more.

We have a staff ratio of 1 adult to every 10 children each afternoon.

Programme Hours

We open at 3 pm and close at 6 pm.

Food

We provide the following foods:

  • Fruit + Veg daily: Oranges, apples, bananas, pineapple, carrots.
  • Other things on the menu can include: Pasta, toasties, crackers + cheese, muffins, scones, popcorn, yoghurt, sandwiches
  • We can also cater to any special dietary needs.

Price

You can book your child into our programme for a daily rate of $15.30. Most parents are eligible for a WINZ subsidy for this service which then makes it very affordable.

After School Care Stars

We have an ‘After School Care Stars’ initiative that encourages children to follow all the After School Care guidelines and demonstrate the YMCA core values: honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Every stamp that is awarded also doubles as an entry into our weekly prize draw!

For OSCAR information contact Leanne Hyde by phone 03 218 2989 ext.5 or email Enable JavaScript to view protected content.


OSCAR Holiday Programmes

The YMCA have an excellent OSCAR team ready to provide quality care during school holiday breaks.

We have full and half day options as well as 3+ hour options for children aged 5-14 years, inclusive of our regular Breakfast Club and After School Care hours.

All programmes have a variety of free play and organised activities in addition to those identified as daily activities such as:

  • Arts, crafts and games
  • Baking (Master Chef and baking)
  • Sing Star
  • Weird and Wonderful Robotics
  • Swim and Slide
  • Dance Workshops
  • AND LOTS MORE

Programme Hours

6.30am to 6.00pm

Food

Breakfast is provided until 8.15am as well as morning and afternoon tea.
Children are required to bring a packed lunch

Price

$52.50 per full day (6+ hours)
$31.05 per 1/2 day (3-6 hours)
$20.50 minimum daily charge

A 5% discount is available for 2 or more children who attend 3 or more days a week. Most parents are eligible for a Work and Income sub-sidy for this service.

Excursions such as swimming must be paid at time of booking .

Please feel free to contact our friendly OSCAR team for any further information

Leanne Hyde by phone 03 218 2989 ext.5, email Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or call in to 77 Tay Street, Invercargill.

Frequently Asked Questions

OSCAR

Can I collect my child early?

Yes you can, but we do encourage you to allow the kids to get the full experience of each day by letting them engage in each activity for as long as possible. However, if this becomes a regular pattern, it will affect our funding.