Out of School Hours Care

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) provision within Independent schools provides care before and/or after school and/or during vacation time. Some services may also provide care on pupil-free days during the school term. Generally care is provided for school age children up to 13 years of age. Some schools will accept younger children into their programs.

The National Quality Framework

The new National Quality Framework (NQF) includes the National Law and National Regulations and establishes the National Quality Standards (NQS) which sets a national benchmark for the quality of education and care services. The Framework also provides a national process for the regulation, quality assessment and rating of children's services and helps families choose the best OSHC service for their child. This process drives continuous quality improvement for all OSHC services. Assessment and ratings are carried out by Regulatory Authorities established in each state and territory. In SA that authority is the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board.

Under the NQF, services caring for school age children are required to use 'My Time Our Place' the Framework for School Age Care to inform their program planning. It also guides staff in working collaboratively with families and children in order to provide play and leisure opportunities that are meaningful to children and support their wellbeing, learning and development.

Click here for link to The Framework.

The AISSA provides support to OSHC services within member schools as they implement the My Time Our Place framework and the National Quality Standard in early childhood and care. In addition the AISSA provides a series of professional learning opportunities around the My Time Our Place framework and National Quality Standard.

For all registration enquiries please contact Sandy Cross email: crosss@ais.sa.edu.au

 Memo to schools OSHC Quals Nov 28 2011