OSHC in the Media

For media comment:

Robyn Monro Miller
Chief Executive Officer, Network of Community Activities
02 9212 3244 or email: robyn@networkofcommunityactivities.org.au
Outside of office hours please contact 0403 028 781

September 2017

Parent Power Stops Child Care Merger (Radio)

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/parent-power-stops-child-care-merger/

August 2017

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-10/accc-concerned-after-school-care-merger-fees/8794698

 

July 2017

http://www.afr.com/business/mega-merger-concern-not-all-fun-and-games-at-camp-australia-20170706-gx5wiu

June 2017

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-district-times/oosh-childcare-providers-camp-australia-and-junior-adventures-group-propose-merger/news-story/2d4e16a322ca2c026bf50cb9ba66a584

 

 

April 2017  Booming school populations

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/booming-school-population-drives-before-and-after-school-care-crisis-20170331-gvbg4h.html

 

June 2016 Importance of Play Blog

http://www.importanceofplay.eu/blog/article/grown-ups-keep-out-the-importance

April 2016

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-06/claims-school-after-care-is-being-used-as-cash-cow/7305548

 

November 2015

http://www.cowraguardian.com.au/story/3523724/childcare-shortage-leichhardt-council-to-turn-town-hall-into-after-school-childcare-centre/

September 2015

http://www.southernhighlandnews.com.au/story/3389975/oosh-care-cash-splash-dashed/

 

Solutions posed to ease before and after school care waiting lists in Eastwood

Kate Bastians
Northern District Times
September 30, 2014

www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/news/solutions-posed-to-ease-before-and-after-school-care-waiting-lists-in-eastwood/story-fngr8gwi-1227075052674

More attention needed for before and after-school care: National Foundation for Australian Women

Judith Ireland
Sydney Morning Herald
September 9, 2014

www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/more-attention-needed-for-before-and-afterschool-care-national-foundation-for-australian-women-20140909-10ef6w.html

Northern beaches schools are seeing an increasing demand for after school care

Julie Cross
Manly Daily
August 11, 2014

www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-beaches/northern-beaches-schools-are-seeing-an-increasing-demand-for-after-school-care/story-fngr8hax-1227018330180?nk=34be1d4e3636418044d67caeb73d0cdb

Parents using teachers as babysitters

Alexandra Smith
Sydney Morning Herald
July 27, 2014

www.smh.com.au/national/education/parents-using-teachers-as-babysitters-20140726-zwq3w.html

System is Failing our Children

Letters
Sydney Morning Herald
July 7, 2014

www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-letters/system-is-failing-our-children-20130706-2piit.html

Principals cash in on after-school care

Alexandra Smith and Amy McNeilage
Sydney Morning Herald
July 3, 2014

www.smh.com.au/nsw/principals-cash-in-on-afterschool-care-20140704-zsuvs.html

After school care ‘crisis’: Alliance targets NSW Government over shortage of places in Sydney

Rebecca Barrett
ABC News
April 9, 2014

www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-08/alliance-highlights-after-school-care-crisis-in-sydney/5376190

Networking to promote Child Safe Culture

January 2014

https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/about-us/news/networking-to-promote-child-safe-cultures

Boom in demand for after hours school care

Katherine Danks
The Daily Telegraph
November 3, 2012

www.theaustralian.com.au/news/boom-in-demand-for-after-hours-school-care/story-e6frg6n6-1226509489347?sv=4f14e78101077470404b1e3998fb588a

Podrights 19: The right for kids to play

Australian Human Rights Commission – Children’s Right to Play

Monday 21 October 2013

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/podrights/podrights-19-right-kids-play

Government spends $450m on after hours school care

Judith Ireland and Daniel Hurst
Sydney Morning Herald
August 5, 2013

www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/government-spends-450m-on-after-hours-school-care-20130805-2r99u.html

ASU supports the Rudd announcement on out of school hours care

Media Release
Australian Services Union
August 6, 2013

www.asu.asn.au/news/categories/localgovt/130806-out-of-school-hours-care

Increased investment in Outside School Hours Care welcomed

Media Release
Early Childhood Australia
Monday 5 August 2013

www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/early_childhood_news/early_childhood_news/august-media-release-increased-investment-in-outside-school-hours-care-welcomed.html

Out of hours care will help working parents: ACTU

Media Release
Australian Council of Trade Unions
05 August, 2013

www.actu.org.au/Media/Mediareleases/OutofhourscarewillhelpworkingparentsACTU.aspx

Measures to improve out of school hours care

Jordanna Schriever
THE Adelaide Advertiser
July 22, 2013

www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/measures-to-improve-out-of-school-hours-care/story-fni6uo1m-1226683429774

System is failing our children

Sydney Morning Herald
Comments
Robyn Monro Miller
July 7, 2013

www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-letters/system-is-failing-our-children-20130706-2piit.html

Rudd commits $450m to out-of-school care

Briana Everett
Women’s Agenda
August 05, 2013

www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/top-stories/rudd-commits-$450m-to-out-of-school-care/201308052654

ALP pledges $450m for school care

Ben Packam
THE Australian
August 05, 2013

www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/rudd-unveils-childrens-care-plan/story-fn9qr68y-1226691499535

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledges $450m to extend school-based care for working parents

Jessica Marszalek and Sarah Blake
News Limited Network
August 05, 2013

www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/prime-minister-kevin-rudd-pledges-450m-to-extend-schoolbased-care-for-working-parents/story-fnho52ip-1226691569544

Pitch to working parents with $450m for after-hours

Patricia Karvelas
The Australian
August 06, 2013

www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/pitch-to-working-parents-with-450m-for-after-hours/story-fn9qr68y-1226691725918

ALP offers $450 million for child care

Nine News
3:52pm August 5, 2013

news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/08/05/15/11/alp-offers-450-million-for-child-care

Out-of-school care available in Nundle

Alena Nickell
Northern Daily Leader
September 13, 2013

www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/1772993/out-of-school-care-available-in-nundle/

Federal Election 2013: Better Schools, Before and After

Hills News
August 7, 2013

www.hillsnews.com.au/story/1689298/federal-election-2013-better-schools-before-and-after/

Hidden crisis in before- and after-school care

Editorial
Sydney Morning Herald
July 6, 2013

www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/hidden-crisis-in-before-and-afterschool-care-20130705-2phet.html

After-school care crisis hits working parents

Amy McNeilage
Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2013

www.smh.com.au/nsw/afterschool-care-crisis-hits-working-parents-20130701-2p7m6.html

Parents’ 3am queues for care places

Bruce McDougall
Daily Telegraph
September 24th, 2012

www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/parents-3am-queues-for-care-places/story-fnet085v-1226479789333

OSHC Employee Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

It is with great sadness we advise that a former member of the OSHC profession in NSW has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges. The details of the charges are available on the media websites.

This is a very sad and disappointing day for our sector and we feel for the victims and their families. We also extend our compassion and support to the many others who have suffered as a result of the actions of this person.
The impact of child abuse has a ripple effect and it can create a lot of angst and sadness for other families who used the service, team mates, fellow educators and indeed for our profession.

It is important to note that the offences did not all occur at the OSHC service and the offender had close and sustained contact with children in a variety of informal setting outside of the service environment where ‘grooming behaviour’ took place prior to the committing of offences.

Many services will be faced with questions and concerns from children and families about what went wrong and what could have been done to prevent it.
Network has produced a fact sheet on sexual grooming behaviour and this is available to assist you to support staff and families in your service.

Because offenders may not enter an organisation with the explicit goal of abusing children, the focus should be on designing environments that limit the opportunities for anyone to abuse children.
The establishment of clear policy and procedures for the conduct of staff and volunteers in the service supports the maintenance of clear boundaries. The service policy should identify guidelines for staff that prevent them practicing any behaviours that may constitute ‘grooming’. A zero tolerance approach to grooming behaviours should be employed at the service. Most service polices and procedures create an environment that provides little opportunity for infiltration by a sexual abuser.

As we enter into a new period of regulations we are reminded of how important it is to have these regulations support our practice. Our child safe – child friendly policy requirement, the working with children check sand clearances and the mandatory child protection training for certified supervisors are all integral to maintaining this high standard of provision.

OSHC services are safe environments for children – we have as a sector an impeccable track record in provision of healthy and safe environments for children. Our OSHC Educators are important role models and significant people in the lives of children and we must stand proud of that reputation.

Each day Network hear inspiring stories of the wonderful contributions staff make to the lives of children and their families – stay strong in that commitment, continue to do do what we all do best providing supportive inspiring and caring environment for the children of NSW.

Download sexual grooming fact sheet for OOSH services >>

Download sexual grooming fact sheet for families >>

 

added: 24/08/2012

Guidelines say more play in after school care

Radio Program from the World Today
Liv Casben
March 19, 2012

www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2010/s2911945.htm

Playing by the rules makes prisoners of children

Cassandra Wilkinson
The Australian
October 22, 2011

www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/playing-by-the-rules-makes-prisoners-of-children/story-e6frgd0x-1226173452613

Let the children play, new national guidelines advise

Elisabeth Tarica
The Age
October 10, 2011

www.theage.com.au/national/education/let-the-children-play-new-national-guidelines-advise-20111007-1ldgg.html