At Port Explorers, we also offer ‘Outside School Hours Care’ (OSHC) for school aged children, to provide professional support to assist families in the multiple roles they are responsible for in a modern world.


Before and After School Care

We understand that parents need to work and are pleased to be able to offer this ‘Outside School Hours Care’ (OSHC) service to assist the local community.

Our service consists of Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care.

As with all Port Explorers’ Day Care Centres, it is important to us that the service we provide for the children enrolled in OHSC, is stimulating, supportive, engaging and also lots and lots of fun.

Vacation Care

Our Vacation Care programs are designed to assist parents with childcare during the school holidays.

Our programs include a wide range of activities including physical activities such as sport and games, cultural activities including cooking and craft and excursions.

Contact Alice for the latest vacation care program via the contact us page.


OSHC & Vacation Care Team






Indoor Play

At OSHC we have an indoor area that is fully equipped to meet the children’s interests and needs with lots of activities to keep them busy all day. With cooking, games and lots of arts and crafts, some have a hard time leaving at the end of the day.

This area is used for inside activities as well as a space for children to unwind and relax.

This area is filled with games, arts and crafts supplies, music and TV for dancing. There are also desks for those who like to get their homework done.


Outdoor Play

Being situated across two spacious classrooms on the grounds of Port Douglas State School the OSHC team are able to make use of the School’s areas including the senior and junior playground, undercover area, tennis court and oval.

The OSHC morning outdoor yoga sessions always go down a treat.

During vacation care OSHC offers several exciting excursions including the Big 4 Water Park and visiting Four Mile Beach for a Beach clean-up with Tangaroa Blue. One of the most popular excursions OSHC offers, has proven to be the “Walkabout Cultural Adventures’ hosted by Aboriginal guides exploring Kuku Yalanji country with the children.


Meals and Snacks

Afternoon tea is provided at After School Care. It usually consists of assorted sandwiches, mixed fruits, yoghurts and platters.

During Vacation Care, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided. Children are able to assist in exciting cooking experiences, such as making traditional Taiwanese dumplings, sushi and pizza – from scratch!

Cold water is available at all times for the children to access in the fridge and good hydration is encouraged in the tropical environment.


OSHC Hours and Enrolment

Outside School Hours Care is available from:

  • 6.00am – 9.00am
  • 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Vacation care is available from 6.00am – 6.00pm

To enrol your child in Before School Care, After School Care and/or Vacation Care Programs, please complete an OSHC Enrolment Form.

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