School Holiday Programs

School Holiday Programs

Each school holidays Melbourne Child Development offers a variety of programs for children to engage with their peers and work on similar communication goals in a unique group environment with the specialised guidance of our Speech Pathologists. The groups are designed to be fun, while helping your child to improve their communication and develop important social interaction skills typical of everyday playground and classroom interactions.

What does each program include?

  • A pre-program assessment of your child for us to understand their needs, and a post program summary report of what they have gained.
  • 4 days of programs, providing a unique opportunity for your child to work on their individually tailored goals within the supported environment of a group.
  • A 30 minute parent coaching session aimed at assisting you to help your child generalise their new skills into everyday life.
  • The knowledge and expertise of Speech Pathologists with over 30 years collective experience.
  • Long enough sessions to give your child time to truly interact with the group and form relationships.
  • 1 ½ hours to yourself…have a coffee or enjoy some quiet time.
  • And most importantly…something fun for your child  to look forward to in the school holidays!

Additional Offering for some Groups: As we know nutrition effects every aspect of a child’s development. For one of the sessions, our knowledgeable Naturopath Georgie Stephen will work with the Speech Pathologists to teach the children to prepare and enjoy a nutritious snack. The children will work from a group plan, “shopping” from our in-house store, and considering their peer’s preferences in preparing the snack. This is called ‘theory-of-mind’. 

 

SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS RUNNING IN THE JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:

 

MAKING PLAYMATES
Suitable for preschool aged children (3-5 years of age)
Dates: Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th & Friday 12th of July
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (parent coaching each session: 12:30pm – 1:00pm)

PLAYING WITH FRIENDS
Suitable for children 5-6 years of age
Dates: Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd & Friday 5th of July
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (parent coaching each session: 12:30pm – 1:00pm)

BUILDING BUDDIES
Suitable for children 7-8 years of age
Dates: Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th & Friday 5th of July
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm (parent coaching each session: 3:00pm – 3:30pm)

HANGING OUT
Suitable for children 9-11 years of age
Dates: Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th & Friday 12th of July
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm (parent coaching each session: 3:00pm – 3:30pm)

 

Funding and Rebate Options for the School Holiday Programs

  • Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with a Disability (FaHCSIA) – Children who are registered under this funding may use it for these sessions.
  • Medicare – Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) (previously named EPC – Enhanced Primary Care Plan) – Your General Practitioner is the person who determines whether your child qualifies for this program. These Medicare rebated session can only be used for individual therapy sessions and will therefore only apply to the pre-program assessment.
  • Medicare – Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with a Disability – Your Paediatrician/Psychiatrist/General Practitioner (GP only for Better Start for Children with a Disability) is the person who will determine if your child is eligible for this program. These Medicare rebated session can only be used for individual therapy sessions and will therefore only apply to the pre-program assessment.
  • Private Health Insurance – Check with your Private Health insurer to see if you are covered for Speech Pathology Group sessions in your extras cover
  • NDIS – Children who are registered under this funding program may be able to use it for these sessions. Please check your plan, and if necessary discuss with your plan manager if there will be any out of pocket expenses (e.g. Third-party managed plans). Please note that Melbourne Child Development has decided not to become a registered NDIS provider – those with an NDIA managed plan will need to seek an NDIS registered provider.

Program Terms and Conditions

  • Enrolment to this program requires commitment to all four sessions.
  • An administration fee of $208 is required to enrol in the program for administration costs. This fee is non-refundable* and will be taken off the cost of the first session.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% of the per session cost will apply if cancelled within 24 hours of the session time. Cancellation fees are usually the responsibility of the parent/carer as most funding and rebate programs do not cover these.

*Should the group not proceed for reasons determined by Melbourne Child Development, any deposits paid will be refunded.

The School Holiday Programs are highly sought after and spaces are limited. Please email info@melbournechilddevelopment.com.au or call our friendly client services team on 03 9890 1062 for more information.