About

Leichhardt Out of School Hours (LOOSH) is a parent-run not for profit organisation, established in 1988 in the grounds of Leichhardt Public School, which strives to provide quality out of school hours care to school age children in the community. Approximately 480 families rely on LOOSH to provide Before School, After School & Vacation Care. We operate recreational child care programs at Leichhardt Public School & St. Fiacre’s Primary School.

Managed by its members and run by committed, professional staff, LOOSH’s primary role is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, enabling parents/carers to pursue work, study/training or other activities.

LOOSH is a professional and accredited service that strives to offer quality care by providing a child-focussed environment that:

  •  Values the role of play as demonstrated through the a wide variety of supervised recreational activities that support learning encouraging children to express themselves and their opinions and undertake experiences that develop self-reliance and self-esteem
  • Creates a positive atmosphere that fosters the particular social, emotional, creative and physical development of middle childhood in primary school-aged children
  • Values equity and promotes a fair and inclusive environment where all children, families and staff are treated as equal and valued individuals, and confidentiality is respected
  • Is inclusive of diversity fostering awareness, respect and empathy and supporting the interaction between people with different cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, along with differences in the range of age, physical and intellectual development and abilities of each child
  • Caters for the physical wellbeing of children by providing nutritious food and adheres to current health and safety practices
  • Strives for continuous improvement and reflection through staff professional development and training to provide the best quality care
HOURS OF OPERATION
Before School Care 7:00am- 9:00am
After School Care 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Vacation Care 7:30am- 6:00pm
DET Pupil Free Days 7:30am- 6:00pm