State government has announced grants to $30,000 are available for out of school care services.
State government has announced grants to $30,000 are available for out of school care services. Samantha Elley

More money to extend out of school hours care

SCHOOLS and councils in the Richmond Valleys are encouraged to tap into NSW Government grants of up to $30,000 to help with the cost of establishing or extending existing Out of School Hours Care services, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis announced today.

Mr Gulaptis said the NSW Government recognised that working parents were looking for flexibility and accessibility to a different range of child care services which is why the Out of School Hours Care grant program has been expanded.

Easier access for parents

"We want to make it easier for working parents to access before and after school care services," he said.

"These grants will help deliver more places for our kids and enable our local school communities to better meet this growing demand.

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

Grant applications open

Mr Gulaptis said grant applications were now open and 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.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the NSW Government recognises that families need early childhood education care options.

"We are delivering on a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government election commitment to increase the number of before and after school care places available for parents.

"We encourage parents who need before and after school places to get in touch with their schools."

For criteria and applications visit: https://beforeandafterschoolcare.smartygrants.com.au/



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