Extending the school day

Webinar for parents and carers
Wednesday 25 August 7:00-7:30 pm AEST

The NSW Department of Education wants to hear from parents and carers on how access to schools, outside of standard school hours, can better support families and students

P&C Federation is co-hosting this webinar with the Department of Education NSW to introduce parents and carers to a state-wide survey to find out what works for your family.

Webinar overview

Do you think that the current school day matches the needs of parents and carers juggling work commitments in the 21st century?

The NSW Department of Education is researching how access to schools, outside of standard school hours, can better support families and students and will be conducting a state-wide survey to find out what works for your family including:

  • Your current care arrangements for your child(ren)
  • Your current extracurricular arrangements for your child(ren)
  • What you would like to see in an outside of school hours program.

At the conclusion of the presentation, there will be the opportunity for you to ask questions of the presenter.  You can also submit your questions when you register to attend.


The webinar will be presented by Cathy Buining, Director Strategic Planning, NSW Department of Education.

Natalie Walker, P&C Federation President will facilitate the webinar.

To register

Registrations are now open for this webinar. If you can’t attend, the webinar will be recorded, and all registrants will be notified once the recording is available for viewing.

We look forward to you joining this webinar and encourage you to promote the webinar through your local school communities.

Natalie Walker
President, P&C Federation

Natalie Walker is the Far West Councillor & elected President of NSW P&C Federation. She resides in Forbes, Central West NSW, with her husband and two children who attend Forbes High School. Natalie is also an active member of Forbes High School P&C Association, currently in the role of Secretary.

As a passionate advocate for (and product of) public education, Natalie is deeply committed through her professional and volunteer work to ensuring all children and young people get the best start in life. Based in NSW, this means her effort is focussed on strengthening the foundations of key organisations – and particularly the NSW P&C Federation – as valuable stakeholders, partners and contributors to NSW public schools and the system they operate in.

Cathy Buining
Director Strategic Planning, NSW Department of Education

Cathy Buining leads the Strategic Planning team at NSW Department of Education, with a number of high profile projects in her portfolio such as the School Hours Pilot and the overarching Department of Education Strategy. Cathy has extensive strategy, planning and stakeholder engagement experience across the NSW Government agencies, working with Service NSW and the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) over the past 15 years. A mother of three boys living in Sydney, Cathy is excited to ensure the voice of the parent is incorporated into policy directions at the NSW Department of Education. One of Cathy’s key focuses is to collaborate with key stakeholders and other government agencies to deliver better outcomes for school communities right across the state, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups.