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Before and After School Care new Government funding

Before and After School Care new Government funding

Before and after school care is hot topic right now and parents across NSW are eagerly awaiting the next steps in the Government’s plans to expand access for all children attending state primary schools.

The $120 million package was announced prior to the March 2019 state election. Key elements include a $50 million infrastructure fund for new facilities and equipment, a $40 million rental subsidy scheme and $20 million to invest in innovative solutions where schools are too small to support a standalone service. The package also includes $8.5 million for a team of specialists to help schools and principals set up and run these vital services and another $2 million for online solutions to help parents.

With funding confirmed in the 2019-20 Budget brought down in June, the Department of Education has hit the ground running. From July 1, parents have been having their say on the care they need at their school via the Service NSW website at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/basc. Please ensure your school community makes the most of this opportunity as the feedback will help priorities help to those school communities that need it now.

For schools and services that are ready to go, applications for grants of up to $30,000 can be lodged at https://beforeandafterschoolcare.smartygrants.com.au/INFRA1.  This is available to help any new service or existing service wishing to expand with additional facilities and equipment.

The Department is also consulting with providers, schools and parents on the design of new online tools to understand exactly what would help most. Consultations are also under way on how best to create more places and clear waiting lists in areas of high demand while also offering a helping hand where services are struggling to remain open due to a lack of demand.

More details can be found at https://education.nsw.gov.au/basc and if you have any questions, you can contact the Before and After School Care team by email at BASCreform@det.nsw.edu.au.

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