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At YMCA South we provide before and after school services for children aged 5-14 years as well as School Holiday Programmes. All programmes are MSD accredited and subsidies may be available for your family.

Our before and after school programmes are full of fun and learning! How do we know they’re fun? The kids are involved in planning the week’s activities! As per our core philosophy, we encourage our tamariki to build themselves into strong individuals. We have the resources available to allow your kids to participate and grow in active, creative, explorative play, guided by enthusiastic, engaging YMCA Staff.


OSCAR Sites

  • YMCA Breakfast Club at YMCA South, 77 Tay Street, Invercargill
  • YMCA After School Care at YMCA South, 77 Tay Street, Invercargill
  • YMCA After School Care at Fernworth Primary School, Invercargill

Breakfast Club

Drop the kids off to us in the morning, we’ll get them to school with a full belly. 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 minimum of two staff at any one time.

Programme Hours

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

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 $12.40 (from 7am - 9am.) Earlier start for Breakfast Club (6.30am-7am) will incurr an additional charge of $2.50. Most parents are eligible for a WINZ subsidy for this service which then makes it very affordable.


After School Care Programme

Our After School Care Programmes are held at;

  • YMCA 77 Tay Street, Invercargill
  • Fernworth School, Pomona Street, Invercargill

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 3pm and close at 6pm.

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 $18.60. Most parents are eligible for a WINZ subsidy for this service which then makes it very affordable.


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 including excursions in addition to those identified as daily activities such as:

  • Arts, crafts and games
  • Baking
  • Sport and recreation activities
  • Community engagement actitivies
  • Nature walks and scavenger hunts
  • AND LOTS MORE

Programme Hours

8am to 6pm

Food

Lunch is provided as well as morning and afternoon tea.

Price

$65.00 per full day (8+ hours)
$41.50 per 1/2 day (3-8 hours)
Minimum daily charge applies

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 subsidy for this service.

Excursions / Trips must be paid at time of booking.

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.

How do I book?

If you are new to the YMCA OSCAR service, call Melissa Eder on 03 218 2989 extension 5 or email: Enable JavaScript to view protected content. to discuss your childcare needs.

If you are one of our regular YMCA OSCAR families, you can book or amend your bookings through our AimyPlus online Parent Portal. This includes enroling your child/ren, making and viewing bookings, updating your personal information, viewing invoices and viewing your child/rens photos enjoying the programme.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the following link address http://ymca-south.aimyplus.com
  2. Click the purple “Register Now” button.
  3. Follow the registration process and enrol your child/ren
  4. After this has been done, click the dashboard in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen, now you can make a booking :)
  5. Click on the “Make a booking” button and complete the booking into the desired programme
  6. Once completed, your booking is now pending and will be confirmed within 24 hours.

Next - enjoy exploring your Parent Portal and finding out all the neat things you can do and see! See these videos to help you along: