MORE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR NEW OUT SCHOOL HOURS CARE PLACES

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

SCHOOLS and councils across the region are being encouraged to apply for NSW Government funding to increase the size of existing Out of School Hours Care services or create new services, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said today.

Mr Marshall said that he understood working parents in local communities needed greater flexibility and accessibility to differing childcare services, which is why the Out of School Hours Care grant program had been expanded by the state government.

“From today, applications will be accepted from schools for new services, schools wanting to expand existing Out of School Hours Care services and local councils in partnership with schools,” Mr Marshall said.

“This will open up more places for our youngsters and enable our local school communities to better meet this growing demand.

“Grants of up to $30,000 are available to help with the cost of establishing or extending existing OSHC services.

“The grants can be used for fit-outs, tendering or equipment costs by schools with new or existing OSHC services.”

Mr Marshall said he was pleased the state government had recognised that families need early childhood education care options.

“The government is delivering on an election commitment to increase the number of before and after school care places available so I would like to encourage parents who need that service to get in touch with their local schools and councils.”

For further information about the grants program and to apply, visit: www.beforeandafterschoolcare.smartygrants.com.au/

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