Network Secures 6 Month Extension for Parent-Managed OOSHs

Parent-managed OOSHs on public school sites can breathe a small sigh of relief. Network is pleased to confirm that as a result of our lobbying, there has been a six (6) month extension to the timeframe for existing parent-managed OOSH Services to begin operations under their P&C Association.

Parent-managed OOSHs with a licence that expires before 31 December 2022 will now have the opportunity to evidence that steps are being taken to commence a P&C-based OOSH at their school by 30 June 2023 (this was previously 31 December 2022).
This extension will also apply to parent-managed OOSHs whose licence expires between 31 December 2022 and 30 June 2023.

This extension is good news for parent-managed OOSHs and the P&Cs with which they are working, who have been left languishing in the absence of vital information promised by School Infrastructure (Department of Education) on the steps required to navigate the policy change.

Network has worked to ensure that parent-managed OOSHs are offered genuine opportunity to meet the obligations of the policy change that has meant that only P&C-operated OOSHs will be exempt from tender on public schools. While Network welcomes the extended timeframe, we contend that more is required to support Services to make this change.

To read the letter sent to OOSH Services by Claire Beattie, Executive Director, Asset Activations, School Infrastructure NSW click here.


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