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Cowandilla Out of School Hours Care provides quality care for all children in a safe, fun and comfortable environment. It is a not for profit service operated by the Cowandilla Primary School Governing Council.

We endeavour to provide an environment which replicates the children’s home, where every child is treated as an individual. We strongly value the relationships we develop with children and their families. We strive to develop a sense of community within our service, where children take an active role in caring for each other, assisting educators and respecting our equipment and resources.

We provide opportunities for children to engage in a range of physical activities, art and crafts, imaginative play, science activities, cooking and music and drama.

Our service has completed the mandatory Assessment and Rating process conducted by the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of South Australia. This process has resulted in our service being awarded the rating of Exceeding National Standards. The service is staffed according to the ratios set by ACECQA. Our Director, Sean Jensen, has a Diploma in Out of School Hours Care as well a Diploma in Sport and Recreation and Coaching and Development. All our staff hold current mandatory reporting qualifications and first aid certificates, and regularly attend training and development.

For further information, you can read our Family Handbook, as well as our Enrolment Form .


We take an interest in each child’s academic and social-emotional development, and seek to implement and extend on the learning experiences which occur in the classroom. Homework is an important part of our daily routine and educators are available to assist children when necessary. We maintain regular communication with all of our students’ classroom teachers to ensure any additional needs are being met.

Snacks are provided for each session, catering for any dietary requirements. Cereal, toast, and juice, are offered in the mornings, and a variety of healthy snacks in the afternoons including fruit, veggies, pasta bake, sandwiches and homemade cakes.

Our Vacation Care Program includes at least two excursions. Previous activities have included visits to the movies, the Farm Barn, the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, the Marion Leisure Centre and the Maritime Museum. We also organise a number of incursions which in the past have included visits from the Guide Dogs, the Fire Brigade and various other fun activities.

For more information on Vacation Care you can view our latest Vacation Care Program.



Before School Care
  • $15 per session for a casual booking
  • $12 per session for a permanent booking - permanent bookings must be cancelled by 7 am the day before, or the full session fee will be charged.
After School Care
  • $24 per session for a casual booking
  • $19 per session for a permanent booking - permanent bookings must be cancelled by 9:30 am the day of the booking or the full session fee will be charged.
Vacation Care
  • $46 for a standard day
  • $56 for an incursion/excursion day
Pupil Free Days
  • $40 flat fee per day
Late Fee
  • $1 per minute


Centrelink and Child Care Benefit

Child Care Benefit is income tested and is usually paid directly to approved child care services and will reduce the fees charged to eligible families. Please visit a Centrelink office or visit the Department of Human Services website to register for Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. If you are not registered, you will be charged the full fee per session.

Methods of Payment

Fees can be paid by Cash, Cheque or EFTPOS at the school front office during school hours, or by Bank Transfer or BPoint. Further information is available on the Payments Page. When making a payment through the payments page, please ensure that you select the button for making an OSHC payment.

Outstanding Fees

As we are not a government funded service, we rely on parent fees to fund all aspects of our service. Therefore, we ask that all accounts are paid within 14 days of invoices being issued. Please take time to read the Debt Collection Policy.


Hours of Operation

Before School Care: 6:45 am – 8:45 am
After School Care: 3:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Vacation Care and Pupil Free Days: 6:45 am – 6:00 pm (excluding the Christmas period)


Director: Sean Jensen
Phone: 08 8351 7629
Mobile: 0417 565 485