The Children’s Services Awards Rates changed on July 1 2016
The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after today 1 July 2016. The increase only applies to employees that get their pay rates from the national minimum wage, a modern award or in some cases a registered agreement.
Most employees in OOSH are covered by the Children’s Services Modern Award (2010) and the minimum award rates will also increase by 2.4%.
Know how to find your minimum wage – You can use Paycheck Plus to find your minimum wages.
Download the 2016 pay guide to show the 2.4%
Preschool Aged Children in OOSH
Do you have preschool children attending your OOSH Service who are not currently enrolled in a school, or are you considering this?
If you answered yes to this question, you need to take in to consideration, the age of the child and make sure that your Centre can offer care that is age appropriate to the needs of a preschool child as well as complying with the regulations in regard to the following:
- Sleep and rest facilities in regard to age and developmental stages and individual needs
- Laundry and hygiene facilities and arrangements for dealing with soiled clothing and nappies.
- Health, hygiene and safe food practices in regards to food, beverages and bottle warming
- Premises designed to facilitate supervision
- Ratio 1:10
The NSW Regulatory Authority released a new fact sheet on November 30 providing guidance on enrolment of preschool children into OOSH services.
If a child is enrolled to commence school in February, they may use the service in the January school vacation and will not be required to follow the regulations for children of non-school age.
If enrolling a child prior to the school year they are enrolled to commence school in, the service must consider the regulations that apply to children under school age – the fact sheet explains what regulations must be followed and what exemptions are applied.
Management Matters e-newsletter
Management Matters is an online e-newsletter is designed to provide management committees and private operators with an easily disseminated information and advice to alert you to relevant information as a provider of an OSHC service in NSW.
Current editions Available:
DEC/AMU Licence Agreement
The latest versions of the the DEC/AMU Licence agreements can be downloaded here. These are the most up to date versions recently released to network of Community Activities. These are for services operating in public school grounds who share facilities or operate in facilities owned by the department.
Please read these along with other relevant documents including the over arching policy Community Use of School Facilities.
|Understanding the Children’s Services Award
Reduce the confusion surrounding proper minimum employment entitlements.
Provides general information on the role of the Approved Provider of an Outside School Hours Care Service (OSHC).
|Management Committees – Roles and Responsibilities
This Factsheet provides general information on the roles and responsibilities of the main office bearers for an Outside School Hours Care Management Committee.
|Management Committee Meetings
This Factsheet provides general information about the types of meetings that the Management Committee of an Outside School Hours Care service would hold throughout the year.
|Getting the Most Out Of Management Committee Meetings
Some helpful tips to help prepare for a Management Committee meeting.
|Annual General Meetings
This Factsheet has been prepared to assist Outside School Hours Care services in New South Wales that are operated as part of an Incorporated Association, plan their Annual General Meeting.
This fact sheet has been prepared to assist prospective Outside School Hours Care services in New South Wales with the process of incorporating as an association.
Discusses the need for publicity and ideas for raising awareness/ increasing attendance at the centre.
|Building Community Links
About developing relationships, working together, promoting communication lines, sharing, co-operating and networking with others.
|Employing a Bookkeeper
Why do OOSH centres need a book keeper? This factsheet outlines the tasks and responsibilities of the bookkeeper.
|Record Keeping (updated Oct 2015)
Many records must be kept for legal purposes, whilst others are kept as part of good business practice. This Factsheet is a guide to the essential records that need to be kept by an OOSH service, and for how long.
|Insurance in the OOSH Centre
Explains the various kinds of insurance that are required when running an OOSH service.
Tax basics for non-profit organisations
This publication explains which taxes and concessions affect non-profit organisations and directs you to where you can find more detailed information. Every non-profit group can use this guide to ensure they are claiming any possible tax benefits. This publication is important for anyone who is in the position of treasurer, office bearer or employee involved in the administration of a non-profit organisation.