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Vacation Programs – creative classes running throughout the holidays. Full days of fun, educational courses covering a wide range of original and exciting programs including visual art, drama and cooking.

Program & Fee Adaptations for the Future

Program & Fee Adaptations for the Future

seasonal changes

This has been quite a year for us so far here at Aeoncademy. We are still coming to grips with the massive changes to the childcare system, which are making their mark felt on most families who use our service. They have been incredibly expensive for our small service to implement and have been brutal to our beloved specialised programs.


It has spurred on a number of developments in terms of our programming, as well as a restructuring and standardisation of all our fees and charges.


The government has communicated very poorly exactly what your childcare entitlements are and therefore how much you can expect to pay to use our specialised programs. 


This post is to clear up pricing at our end.


Creative Play Foundation Program


We have introduced a foundation childcare program called Creative Play. This runs after school from 3-6 and during vacation (starting this Spring Holidays) for a full day, and is open for all children ages 5 – 12. We are also extending the Vacation day until 6pm.


Our previous Sparks Program (ages 5-7) is being amalgamated into the new Creative Play while the new Sparks will be centered on children ages 3-4 and their particular needs.


All the programming associated with the old Sparks program – the cooking, gardening, art, and drama – will become available to everyone enrolled in Creative Play. These activities will be completely optional for children to participate in, or just to enjoy free play using our PlayPods of loose parts and nature play.


So, as of the next vacation program, whenever you enrol at Aeoncademy you will be enrolling in the foundation program- Creative Play. Then if your child is aged 7+ you may select a specialised program and pay a surcharge for this activity.


The YPS discount and any bulk booking discounts are being discontinued. There are never discounts on Creative Play as it is already the most affordable we can make it.


Sparks Early Years Program


We are recentering the Sparks program on children from ages 3 and 4, to focus on their particular developmental needs and to allow us to give them a separate space from the older children where they can begin their Aeoncademy journey.


In the past this group of the youngest children was called MiniSparks. Going forward they are the Sparks Early Years Program.


Specialised Programs

Vala defensive move
Vala in action

In order to help our amazing Creative Catalyst visual arts workshops and Vala Dramatic Adventures modules thrive, it is necessary to make a clearer distinction between them and our foundation program in both after school and vacation time.


So starting this Open Day, we are making changes to the 20% discount. It will now apply only to the surcharge for the Specialised Classes – as stated above, Creative Play is already as affordable as we can possibly make it.


We are also determined to keep our dedicated older students involved in Aeoncademy’s specialised programs even though the childcare rebate has been taken away from children aged 13+ or in high school. If you are one of these people please contact us and we will discuss the available options.




Commencing next Open Day here are the new fees and surcharges:


Creative Play Foundation Program


(Rate per hour $11.32)

per session/day

  • After School 3 – 6pm…………………………..$34
  • After School (with pickup) 2:30 – 6pm……….$40
  • After School (with pickup) 2:45 – 6pm……….$37
  • After School 4 – 5:30pm only………………… $17
  • Vacation 8:30am – 6pm………………………..$107.50


Specialised Class: Creative Catalyst, Vala, Cornucopia


(Rate After School per hour $9)

(Rate Vacation per hour $13.08/hr)

Specialised Class after school surcharge per day $13.50

Specialised Class vacation surcharge per day $98


Before School Care

Mindful movement and Breakfast 7.45-9am $15


Sparks (Early Years) Program (ages 3 up to 6 with consultation)


(Rate per hour $15.50)


per session/day

  • After School 3 – 6pm…………………………..$46.50
  • After School 2:30 – 6pm……………………….$54.25
  • After School 2:45 – 6pm……………………….$50.50
  • After School 4 – 5:30pm only…………………$23.25
  • Vacation 8:30am – 6pm………………………..$147.25


Please refer to the fine print on our website for all up to date terms and conditions.

If you have read this email and feel incredible anxiety that you will not be able to afford the care you need please talk to us in the office so we can can find a way to help you.


Yay it’s nearly the Spring Open Day!

Open Day invitation
Aeoncademy Spring Open Day


Amazingly it’s nearly the Spring Open Day.

All are welcome to our fabulous Open Days. Come and try your hand at clay work, painting, boffer weapon action, planting seeds in our kitchen garden or admire the exhibition of kids art work from the first 5 weeks of term and see how they’ve mastered their projects.

Try a delicious biscuit made in the Cornucopia cooking program and have a cup of soup for a gold coin donation.

Meet our dedicated staff and line up for a 20 % discount on any of the specialised programs we offer during the Spring Vacation. From hand coiled Ceramic Birdbaths to the Samurai & Ninja’s Final Stand in Dramatic Adventures.

We will also be introducing our new Creative Play vacation option, a foundation program which incorporates nature play and Play Pod for $107.50 a day.






Creative Play during Vacation Time!

Following the success of our after school implementation of Creative Play we have decided to trial it during Vacation time! Starting these Spring Holidays you can book into a day, or a week, of our new vacation program for the great price of $107.50 per day, this is before any application of the new childcare subsidy.


lovely cubby house made of sticks
Nature Play/ Creative Play

Doors open at 8.30am and pick up is by 6pm, these sessions will be perfect for children who require childcare in a welcoming and stimulating environment with plenty of free time to play in a self guided way. They will be supervised by our caring and enthusiastic staff.

As usual we will include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea – home cooked, healthy and delicious – with ingredients sourced from farmers markets and organic suppliers where available.


gardening for the planet
Plant a tree

Creative Play will focus on our outdoor Play Pods full of loose parts, ready to be set in action for imaginative and group play. We  also have a growing garden space for nature play and active games. There will be opportunities for cooking and gardening and we will also open our excellent library and have drawing materials at hand for kids to use.

All children 5 years and over are able to enrol in the new program and there will be limited place just like our specialised programs so get in early.


Spring has Sprung!

We will be releasing the Spring Vacation program imminently with all our fabulous Creative Catalyst art and Vala live action adventure modules to choose from so you can feel free to mix and match days and programs.




Vala Promotion! Bring a friend for half price.

Bring your friend for half price if you book before next Wednesday the 4th July.  Who said all EOFY sales are boring? This Vala Promotion is a rare event so enjoy don’t miss out!

If you already know the joys of character play, getting in costumes and playing with boffer weapons then it’s time to spread the word.

Book in with a friend and get 50% off the second place in Vala if you are aged 7 years +

byo friend
Fun for a friend!

Vala is a unique mode of character play where kids enjoy the live action, immersive experience, of becoming people or beings from historical, literary and  fantasy world settings.

Take Knights Templar – Lords of Outremer  (Friday 13th July) for example.

The Second Crusade is over and the Knights Templar won great glory for themselves through their contributions to that campaign. Again, however, their deeds were eclipsed by their rivals the Knights Hospitaller and the Templars are no closer to achieving those goals for which they have long hoped. But as shocking events leave Tripoli vulnerable to the Assassins and neighbouring enemies and the Hospitaliers seem unable to resolve the crisis, the Knights Templars may have a chance to prove their quality and earn the title Lords of Outremer!

In this module participants will have a chance to dress as Knights, fight battles, travel to strange places and prove their valour.

fight for a discount
I want the discount!

If literature and high fantasy interest you then check out

Return to the Mountain – Bears, Bogats, and Barghests (Wednesday 11th July)

Setting off from the haven of Caer Llawn with wise counsel from their wizardly guide and the aid of the great black-bearded Bearskin, an alliance of the seven bloodlines of the former Dwarf Kingdom pursue a thief bearing a stolen scrap of their precious map. The trail leads into hills crawling with goblins they have only recently escaped.  But worse still lays in store in the form of that dreaded bane of dwarfs… the beastly, bone-crunching ‘Barghest’.

Become a dwarf and enter a dangerous and fabulous world of monstrous beasts and unexplored landscapes.

storytelling under the map
Storytelling and world building

Or perhaps an exploration of Feudal Japan?

Shogun Japan – Samurai & Ninja Under Siege (Thursday 19th July)

Hungry for glory and driven to win the respect of his legendary father Oda Nobunaga, the minor warlord Oda Nobukatsu leads his army over the borders of Iga Province and into the territory of its democratic Republic. Now in well-earned positions of trust and leadership among the local clans, the small but tightly-knit strikeforce of samurai and ninja handpicked years ago by Hattori Hanzō must battle to turn back the invading army of the ambitious warlord as Iga Province finds itself Under Siege.

handmade map
Solving the puzzle

Whether you love playing characters, dressing up, designing environments or action games, there is something in Vala for everyone. Check out our Winter Program for all classes


immersive games
We love Vala!

Winter Open Day is Coming!

all welcome to the Winter Open Day
Winter Open day 2018

Call in for 10 minutes or a day to enjoy homemade soup and a play with clay, or get involved with a Vala live action game. You might even like to grab a 20% discount on our amazing Winter vacation all day workshops ranging from oil painting to Boffer weapon master classes…

see here for a sneak preview so you can plan your Saturday

The Winter Program


A place at the Round Table awaits you

Vala Dramatic Adventures

“A place at the Round Table awaits you”

Relaxed Roman Legionary

Come hither, one and all, brave questing souls, adventure beckons you on every day of the Autumn School holiday program…


Knights Templar fend off an ambush by Assassins on the road to the Holy City.


Vikings lay down their axes to parley with native people on the shores of America.


A band of orphaned Dwarves, heirs to seven thrones, are lost deep in the Goblin tunnels.


An unlikely alliance of Samurai, Ninjas and Monks defy the tyrant who would rule all Japan.


‘Time Bandits’ are out to plunder treasure, armed with the stolen Map of All Time & Space.


Cursed by Poseidon, God of the Sea, the crew of Ulysses face off against giant cannibals.


Life is never dull for Roman Legionaries based at Hadrian’s Wall on the borders of Scotland.


Wizardly wildman with elfish friends hosts a scraggly band of adventures in a magical castle.


Clan of the Cave Bear must convince stone-age tribes to help rescue kidnapped friends.


Although the above sentences may sound like the tag lines to a bunch of great Netflix episodes, or computer games, or similar… they are in fact descriptions of dramatic adventures which lay in wait for each and every participant in the Vala Autumn Vacation program starting Monday 16 April. And these dramatic adventures are to be experienced as one of the characters, in the story itself, making up the legend as it unfolds, with sword or staff in hand, hooded, cloaked, armoured or even invisible!

Preparing for Troll attack

This year our program turns 15, and to help celebrate we have promoted a number of long term participants (‘Vala Veterans’) to even more creative roles within the enchanted realm of imagination and storytelling that is Room Vala, at Aeoncademy.

One of the great things about this is that there are now more places than ever at the ‘Round Table’, from which all adventures and quests start, for new, young participants.

Outdoor role play

So let your ears be turned by the strains of bardic music which ever plays above and beyond the noise of our normal, busy lives.

Great quests, explorations, dangerous deeds of valour, bold tasks and… a wee bit of (supervised) reckless abandon… await every child, at Aeoncademy, program Vala, this Autumn season.

Merely contact our Front Office for bookings (mundane yes, but hey, that’s how it works).