The New South Wales government will invest $37.9 million in Out-of-School Care (OSHC) to ensure families in parts of the state have access to the care they need.
Acting Prime Minister Paul Toole and Minister of Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell visited Bulahdelah Central Schoolone of 35 small regional schools to receive a financial boost to establish before and after school child care in the community to make the announcement.
“This investment will give parents in smaller regional communities more flexibility and make it a little easier to juggle work and raising a family,” Toole said.
“We know working families in the region can struggle when there is a lack of before and after school child care, as this often impacts parents participating in the workforce,” Ms. Mitchell added.
“Offering more before and after school childcare has ripple effects in regional communities, making life easier for working families.
The $37.9 million investment builds on the government’s existing $235 million commitment to support and grow the before and after school child care sector to improve access and affordability for families in NSW.
The Before and After School Care (BASC) package includes:
- Over $20 million to expand BASC offerings in regional schools.
- More than $16 million in grants to improve transportation services to BASC services.
List of the 35 schools benefiting from a financial boost: