Out of school hours care


Helping Hands OSHC Thornlands

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The Helping Hands Network is working in partnership with Thornlands State School to provide outside school hours care services to the school community. The Helping Hands Thornlands service commenced operation on 29 January 2013.


The Helping Hands Network OSHC facility is based in the OSHC demountable on Thornlands State School's campus. 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 facility each day.


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".

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

The service is available 5 days per week during term time. Before school, the service operates from 6.30 am – 8.50 am. After school, the service operates 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Children can walk straight to and from their classrooms. Educators pick up and drop off the prep students and escort them to the OSHC room.

Vacation care - 7 student free days

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


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: $12 per session
  • After School Care: $18 per session
  • Vacation care: $40 per session

Government subsidies

There are a number of schemes available to parents including;

  • Child Care Benefit (CCB) – CCB is a means tested benefit available to parents who are working, studying or training and are accessing OSHC. 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 for the CCB, and only bills for the difference.

  • Child Care Rebate (CCR) – This rebate is available to all families who meet the work/study/training test for CCB (even if their income excludes them from any CCB rebate), and entitles families to receive 50% of their out-of-pocket child care costs up to $7,500 per child per year. The CCR can either be claimed as a rebate paid quarterly, or you can arrange to have it paid directly to Helping Hands to reduce your out of pocket expenses. To take up this second option, you must contact Centrelink in the first instance, to make these arrangements. Centrelink pays the rebate direct to a provider in arrears based on the attendance numbers submitted.

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

  • Before school care $2.14 up to $6.00

  • After school care $4.03 up to $9.00

  • Vacation care $0.94 up to $20.00

These prices are an estimate only and are based on one child in care.

Currently, places are available in before school care, after school care and for vacation care.

For more information please see the Helping Hands Network website or email

To make an enquiry to use the service, once the service is operational, please contact the Coordinator directly by email on

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

Parent Handbook

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


Please download and complete the following documents to enrol in the service:

Last reviewed 25 March 2019
Last updated 25 March 2019