Boost for Before and After School Care services

Working families could benefit from more quality Before and After School Care (BASC), thanks to two new grant programs for service providers.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government has committed $7.8 million to establish the grants which will encourage providers to offer new, inclusive and sustainable services:

  • New Innovation Grants will offer up to $60,000 to stimulate innovation in the sector and help ensure BASC services support more NSW families, including students with additional needs;
  • New Development Grants will offer up to $80,000 for stafftraining and professional development, and marketing to increase take up and promote attractive programs for students

“Whether it’s funding pilot programs, sport lessons or digital equipment, our students will be put first by BASC providers to better support them in their development,” Mr Saunders said.

“Already this funding has supported Eumungerie, Wongarbon and Wellington BASC services, which we know are making a real difference in these communities.

“I know these services are so important for families, and we want to continue to provide working parents with a range of options for their child to have a safe place to play, learn and socialise.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said it is important to support working families and give them the option of accessing a quality BASC service.

“Before and After School Care is not a 9 to 5 job for educators. These grants could support services to offer improved professional development for staff, which will be critical in sustaining the workforce and ultimately expanding the range of services available,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I encourage BASC services across NSW to apply for these grants, which are a unique opportunity to deliver new and innovative educational activities with community partnerships, and to look at upskilling their staff.

“Since 2019, the NSW Government has committed more than $235 million to ensure that all parents with children at public primary schools have access to a before and after school care program, if they need it.”

Applications for both grant programs are now open and close on 2 December 2022.

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