Preschool children in OOSH – Guideline available

The NSW department of Education (ECECD) has published a new Guideline for supporting preschool age children in Outside School Hours Care, in response to increased requests for information.

This resource provides guidance for OOSH services on the regulatory requirements for preschool age attending these services.

An OSHC service falls within the definition of centre-based care under the Education and Care Services Regulations. Centre-based services are approved to care for children of preschool age and under, as well as school age children, subject to compliance with regulatory requirements.

A child ‘preschool age or under’ is a child who is under the age of 7 years and is not enrolled or registered at school, nor attending or due to attend school in the current calendar year.

Full details of requirements are available :

www.education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/regulation-assessment-and-rating/regulatory-framework/preschool-age-children-in-outside-school-hours-care