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Before and After School Care and Vacation Care

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Before and After
School Care

Before and After School Care welcomes all Tara students from ELC through to Year 6. During Vacation Care we also offer places to students in Kindergarten to Year 6 from other schools.


The Before and After School Care Centre is open every day (except for public holidays) of the school term. The Vacation Care Centre is open all school holidays, except for public holidays and two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period. The Centre is registered to enable eligible families to claim the Child Care Subsidy.

Our Centre’s core beliefs are to provide an environment which fosters children’s independence through supporting children’s interests and needs and by nurturing their growing understanding of themselves, their community and their world. We seek to support children’s wellbeing, learning and development through the provision of meaningful opportunities to play, relax, thrive and have fun. 

We believe that children learn through play and as such we plan for play and leisure activities. Our program is developed both in response to the interests and needs of children and in collaboration with children and their families. We are guided by the principles, practices and outcomes set out in My Time Our Place and the standards of the National Quality Framework. 

At Before School Care, breakfast is offered and the girls can engage in free play activities before Kindergarten – Year 6 girls are escorted to the Junior School courtyard at 8:20am and the ELC girls are walked to their classroom at 8:30am.  

In the afternoon, ELC girls are escorted to the Centre at 3:00pm after ELC closes and K-2 girls are collected from their class teacher. To encourage independence, girls in Years 3–6 walk to the Centre after school and sign themselves in under the guidance of the Centre Supervisor.  A nutritious afternoon tea is provided, after which the girls may do homework under supervision or participate in the daily programmed activities. 

Hours of operation

Before School Care – 7:00am – 8:30am

After School Care – 3:00pm – 6:30pm

Vacation Care 7am – 6:30pm

For more information please call 02 8838 2650 or to enrol please click on the links below.

Enrolment Form - Tara students 318.44 kb
Enrolment Form - Non Tara Students 273.6 kb
Tara BASC Fees Notice 2024 198.13 kb

School Holiday Program 

Every school holiday period, the experienced educators at Tara Anglican School for Girls Vacation Care Centre design and host a School Holiday Program of safe, fun and entertaining activities for school children up to 12 years old.

Our Vacation Care is jam packed full of exciting incursions, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and much more!

The School Holiday Program bookings are open to:

  • Current Tara students;
  • Future Tara students enrolled to commence in the ELC and Tara Junior School in future years; and
  • Siblings of Tara students and students from other schools aged between 5 and 12 years are welcome to join us in Vacation Care. Upon application we also consider the booking of students attending a pre Kindy at a school who have attended their school program for one term.