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Unfortunately the working hours of parents and caregivers don’t revolve around school timetables. Often parents need to be at work before school starts and well after school lets out. However, many schools will only accept responsibility for your child’s care between 8:30 am and 3:15 pm. (Times may vary between schools so check with your child’s school).
It is illegal for a parent or caregiver to leave any child under the age of 14 years alone for an unreasonable time or under conditions which are unreasonable, without adequate supervision and care. What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on many factors.
For many households before/after-school care and holiday care is a necessity.
All before and after school service providers on this site are responsible for taking your child to school (if the service is not on school grounds) and/or collecting your child from school. Hours of availability vary between services.
If cost is an issue, a subsidy may be available for OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) approved programmes. To qualify for an OSCAR Subsidy you must be:
And your child must be:
During the course of the school year, parents and caregivers with a minimum leave entitlement can expect four weeks paid annual leave and up to 11 days off as statutory holidays.
Schools are out for approximately 13 weeks per year leaving parents with a big shortfall in paid leave available to cover time off for looking after children. Even in two parent households where some leave may be taken at different times, outside help supervising the children is still needed. Holiday programmes which cater especially for the needs of children and families when school is out are an essential service.
A wide variety of options are available to cater for all children’s needs, interests and abilities. General programmes are usually open to all children within a particular age range and will often include a variety of different activities. Specialised holiday programmes are usually restricted and are intended to develop a particular skill, talent or interest, or to address a particular need of a child or young person.
The duration of the programme: These vary so you will need to be sure that your chosen programme will meet your child care needs.
The intended goal: Some programmess have clear goals which your child will be expected to work towards. Some goals may require a time or cost commitment beyond the holiday programme duration.
Any restrictions which may apply: Specialised programmes are more likely to have restrictions regarding age, ability or other required pre-requisites. Some programmes do accept beginners or offer introductory courses designed to encourage your child to take up the new activity after the programme has ended.
Availability: As many specialised programmes are in heavy demand, it may be advisable to book your child’s place well in advance of the school holidays.
If cost is an issue, OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) subsidies may be available for up to 50 hours per week for OSCAR approved holiday programmes.