Vacation Care

Ask any child what school holidays should be like and the answer will be the same: school holidays should be fun and exciting!

For children, the holidays are a break from school - a time to play, relax, enjoy time with their friends and get out and about. But if you ask parents, it’s often a different story. Many have to re-schedule work or appointments, book babysitters, transport children here, there and everywhere, or simply try and find enough things to do to amuse the children!

MELC Vacation Care programs offer a simple, easy solution to finding the compromise between fun and reliable care over the school holidays.

Our vacation care programs cater for school children (aged 5-12 years) and they are jam-packed with activities, excursions and sporting events. We run special themed days that allow the children to explore their creativity, as well as providing opportunities to learn new skills and experience different activities under the supervision of trained carers . 

Vacation Care FAQs

What types of activities do you offer in your vacation care program?

The activities include sports clinic days, horse riding, dancing, BMX riding and movie days. Our program is tailored to the interests of children in the local community. It’s action-packed and always full of variety.

So far, our theme days have included:

  • Pony Camp Day
  • BMX Day
  • Canoeing Day
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • Sports Days (incl. tennis, swimming, baseball, soccer, hockey gymnastics, tae kwon do)
  • Cool Craft Days
  • Spy Kids Day
  • Dance Day
  • Outdoor Adventure Day
  • Art and Cartooning Day
  • Bush Camping Day

We’ve also taken the children on some great excursions including:

  • Oceanworld Manly
  • Mounted Police Tour
  • Fairfield City Farm
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Cumberland State Forest
  • Maritime Museum


What are the hours of operation for vacation care?

We are open from 6.30am - 6.30pm, and all children are supervised during those hours.

How much does vacation care cost?

For in-house activities $65 per day, plus a fee for materials where required. For off-premises activities, the price ranges from $65 to $95 per day.

That price includes all food and equipment and where necessary insurance and travel expenses.

What does my child need to bring to vacation care?

We will let you know prior to the day if there are any special requirements for your particular activity. (eg. covered shoes, backpack, etc)

Do I need to book for vacation care?

Yes.  We have limited places available - to ensure you don't miss out we suggest you book as soon as you know which dates are required.

Do I need to pay a deposit when booking?

Yes, we have a limited number of places on our program and require a $25 deposit for each day booked with the balance payable on the day. The deposit is non-refundable if a cancellation is made less than 24 hours prior to the date booked and the place cannot be filled.

Who can attend vacation care at MELC?

The programs are open to children from any school and to date we have had children participating from schools including:

  • Maraylya Public School
  • Cattai Public School
  • Pitt Town Public School
  • Oakville Public School
  • Maroota Public School
  • Wiseman’s Ferry Public School
  • Hillside Public School
  • Glenorie Public School
  • Glenhaven Public School
  • Annangrove Public School
  • Kenthurst Public School
  • Vineyard Public School
  • Dural Public School
  • Beaumont Hills Public School
  • Coverdale Christian, Riverstone
  • St Matthew’s, Windsor
  • Northholm Grammar
  • Rouse Hill Anglican
  • Tangara (Cherrybrook)
  • Pacific Hills Christian, Dural
  • St Madeline’s Kenthurst
  • Hills Grammar
  • Arndell College
  • Quakers Hill Public School
  • Schofields Public School
  • Riverstone Public School
  • Ironbark Ridge Public School

It’s a great opportunity for children from all surrounding schools to make new friends and have fun in a safe, and controlled, environment.

How do I book?

You can book your child/children in for as many days as you need over the school holiday period (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week) – it’s up to you. Places are limited and they do fill quickly so we encourage parents to book their child in early. Simply register your interest by completing the Booking Form for each school holiday.

We will then advise whether the dates you have requested are available and if so, you can complete the Enrolment Form to confirm your booking and ensure we have the necessary information on file for your child/ children.

The final details of activities for each vacation care program will be made available prior to the school holiday.

Is government assistance available for vacation care?

Our Centre is licensed and accredited by ACECQA.  By contacting the Family Assistance Office and quoting our Customer Reference Number (407 185 690H) your rebate can be calculated.  As of 2 July 2018 the new child care rebate system is in effect.  For further information please go to 

You will also need to provide us with your CRN and your child's CRN on the enrolment form.

Getting Started Is Easy

At MELC we are big enough to cater for the needs of most families – but small enough to make sure you feel like part of our extended family.


Contact us today or just drop in – we are always available to give you a guided tour and answer all your questions.


Simply fill out the form below and let us know your preferred days – we'll be in touch within 24 hours.


Once we've confirmed your days, you just need to complete our enrolment form and your child can start with us straight away.

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