NSW Government moves to secure OSHC in regional NSW with additional funding
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NSW Government moves to secure OSHC in regional NSW with additional funding

by Freya Lucas

August 01, 2022

The New South Wales Government will invest $37.9 million in outside school hours care (OSHC) in a bid to ensure that families in regional areas of the state have access to the care they need. 

 

Acting Premier Paul Toole and Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell visited Bulahdelah Central School, one of 35 small regional schools to receive a financial boost to establish before and after school care in the community to make the announcement.

 

“This investment will give parents in small regional communities more flexibility and make the juggle between work and raising a family that little bit easier,” Mr Toole said.

 

“We know that regional working families can struggle when there’s a lack of before and after school care services, as it often has a flow-on impact to parents participating in the workforce,” Ms Mitchell added.

 

“Providing more before and after school care services has flow-on effects in regional communities, making life easier for working families.”

 

The $37.9 million investment is on top of the existing $235 million commitment previously made by the Government with the intention of supporting and growing the before and after school care sector to improve access and affordability for NSW families.

 

The before and after school care (BASC) package includes:

 

  • More than $20 million to expand BASC provision in regional schools.
  • More than $16 million for grants to improve transport services to BASC services.

 

List of 35 schools receiving a financial boost:

 

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