Before and After School Care (BASC)

The NSW Government is working hard to deliver on its $120 million commitment to expand access to before and after school care (BASC) for public primary school children across NSW.

BASC services operate in about 720 public schools in NSW. They provide before and after school hours care as well as on-site holiday care for students at the school and other eligible children.

The Government initiative aims to fill gaps in access to services across the state and to clear waiting lists in areas of high demand.

Find out more about the program and what this means:

For schools

We are building on the solid foundations of the existing services across the state as well as the many others that provide care offsite.

The aim is that suitable spaces in all public primary schools in Sydney, Newcastle, Illawarra and the Central Coast, as well as major regional centres, are made available for before and after school care and school holiday care programs from 7am to 6pm.

Programs will operate alongside other community users outside school hours and will be encouraged to collaborate with sporting, cultural and artistic interest groups where opportunities arise.

Applications open on July 1 for grants from the $50 million Before and After School Care Infrastructure Fund to buy new equipment and expand facilities to create more places.

  • All services providing care for government primary school children will be eligible, not just services located at government schools.
  • The nature of applications received and overall feedback on the fund will be reviewed over time to ensure it is effective and as easy as possible to access.

A further $20 million is aimed at those communities where a standalone service may not be viable, including smaller schools and rural and remote communities:

  • Different areas and sometimes individual services will need different solutions. We will work with schools, communities and providers to pilot some new approaches and to better understand the needs of parents.

We are also making it easier for schools to host BASC services.

  • The package provides $8 million over four years for a team of specialists to help coordinate services and resources on an area or regional basis.
  • The new specialist team will provide proactive and on the ground assistance for set-up, contract management and service transition.

For parents

Our objective is to provide access to quality and affordable out of school care for the families of all children attending government primary schools.

We are consulting with school communities and providers to find innovative solutions for creating more places in more schools.

From 1 July parents have been able to register their interest in before and after school care services where they might not have one or theirs is full via Service NSW.

There is an opportunity for parents to take part in 20-30 minute face-to-face interviews. If you are interested in participating please register your details with Service NSW and they will get in touch to find a time that suits you.

  • It will help identify areas where services can be expanded or there are enough students across a few schools to support a viable service.
  • The next phase in the development of an online platform will be guided by what parents tell us about the kind of support they need.

To improve affordability, $40 million rental subsidy will be made available to service providers at public primary schools:

  • The objective is to reduce fees and providers will need to be able to demonstrate that the savings have been passed on to families.
  • Support for new services and creating additional places at existing services will be prioritised.

A further $20 million is aimed at those communities where a standalone service may not be viable, including smaller schools and rural and remote communities:

  • Different areas and sometimes individual services will need different solutions. We will work with schools, communities and providers to pilot some new approaches and to better understand the needs of parents.

The new specialist team to manage OHSC services will develop ways to understand and manage ongoing demand.

While the commitment is for children attending public primary schools, we understand that many services cater to children from multiple schools, both public and non-public.  In expanding the overall number of services and places available, the initiative will benefit a wider range of students and families.

For providers

Our goal can only be achieved with the support of the hundreds of care providers who deliver quality and affordable care for families and communities.

We are consulting with school communities and providers to find innovative solutions for creating more places in more schools and build on the solid foundations of the existing services

Consultation on improvements to guidelines, contract terms and tendering processes is being undertaken with the sector. A key objective is better alignment between administrative processes and the National Quality Framework.

Applications open on July 1 for grants from the $50 million Before and After School Care Infrastructure Fund to buy new equipment and expand facilities to create more places.

  • All services providing care for government primary school children will be eligible, not just services located at government schools.
  • Over the rest of 2019 we will review how the fund works.
  • New eligibility criteria will operate from 1 January 2020 to ensure the Fund is as easy as possible to access and to maximise the number of new places being created.

There is also $40 million over four years to provide rental subsidies to service providers located at public primary schools:

  • The objective is to reduce fees and providers will need to be able to demonstrate how savings have been passed on to families.
  • Support for new services and creating additional places at existing services will be prioritised.
  • We will also looking to ensure that new services and places are sustainable and will become self-sufficient over time.

A further $20 million is aimed at those communities where a standalone service may not be viable, including smaller schools and rural and remote communities.

  • Different areas and sometimes individual services will need different solutions. We will work with schools, communities and providers to pilot some new approaches and to better understand the needs of parents.

We are also making it easier for schools to host BASC services.

  • The package provides $8 million over four years for a team of specialists to help coordinate services and resources on an area or regional basis.
  • The new specialist team will provide proactive and on the ground assistance for set-up, contract management and service transition.

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