21 DECEMBER 2018 CLOSING DATE ANNOUNCED
Online applications for a one-off grant of up to $30,000 will continue to be accepted until 21 December 2018 from schools without an OSHC service, schools with an existing OSHC service that have a need and capacity to expand their service, and local councils that have unmet demand for before and after school care places.
Eligible not-for-profit OSHC service providers and local communities with unique issues related to unmet demand for OSHC places may also apply for a grant under the Fund. These applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Education in the first instance on (02) 9244 5057 and are not required to apply online.
APPLYING FOR A GRANT
Online grant applications from independent schools will need to demonstrate:
- community demand for the new OSHC service or increased OSHC places
- progress in identifying a site that meets regulatory requirements
- progress in appointing an approved OSHC provider
- progress in receiving regulatory approval to operate the new service or to expand the number of OSHC places
- appropriateness of the proposed expenditure items.
The grant may be used for site modification and fit-out costs, project management (including tendering or regulatory costs) or to pay for necessary equipment to support additional places. The proposed service must provide before and/or after school care but may also provide vacation care. For non-government schools, priority will be given to applicants in Education Resource Index categories 4 to 12.
Applications from schools will be assessed by a cross-sectoral panel, which includes AISNSW representation, with successful applications then forwarded to the Minister to seek formal approval.
All OSHC providers in NSW need to apply for regulatory approval to establish or expand their service. The Department of Education, through its Early Childhood Education (ECE) directorate, is the regulator for services in NSW and is responsible for granting regulatory approvals, which are of two main types: a provider approval and a service approval. A provider is the entity that operates the OSHC service and the ECE directorate checks that it is ‘fit and proper’ to deliver care to young children. Service approval allows an approved provider to deliver OSHC at a specific site.
More information about OSHC regulations and how providers obtain regulatory approval is available via the ‘children and youth’ pages on the regulator’s website.
Eligible OSHC services mayalso separately apply for approval for the Child Care Subsidy. Further information is available through the Australian Government Department ofEducation and Training.
FURTHER INFORMATION FROM AISNSW
Online grant applications may be commenced at any time through the link on the top left hand side of this page, where there is also a link to the cross-sectoral document Before and After School Care Fund FAQs. NSW independent schools seeking further information about establishing or expanding an OSHC or applying for a grant, may contact the AIS Education Regulations and Program Implementation Division on (02) 92992845 or email email@example.com.