Northbridge OOSH starts Term 3 (Register Now)
Posted: Thursday, 4 July 2019
Commencement of Service
Recapping, the current provider gave five weeks’ notice of their intention to close their service and surrender the “service approval” for Warners Park OOSH (Out of School Hours) care. A service approval is legally required to operate and requires the provider to meet strict standards of care. In this case, a new service approval must be obtained from the Department of Education, who estimate 13 weeks as the usual length of time to process applications.
To ensure an uninterrupted service for families, Council sourced a local service provider, Inspire Program Australia to secure a service approval and establish a new service from week one of term three. Whilst this is a huge ask of any provider, Inspire is willing to undertake the task to ensure continued service for families.
Inspire and Council are in constant contact with the Department of Education to secure the service approval. The Department confirmed this week that the application is recommended for approval, subject to an inspection of the premises. The date for the inspection has not been confirmed. We anticipate it will occur in the next 10 days.
As a service approval is not yet finalised, vacation care cannot be offered at Warners Park during the July school holidays. However, Inspire will offer vacation care at the Willoughby Park Centre. Council also provides vacation care services at Artarmon, Bales Park and Chatswood. There is also Kids Klub at Willoughby Leisure Centre.
During the term break, Council will conduct upgrade works the Warners Park facility. Inspire will also be busy setting up the new service at Warners Park in the second week of the school holidays ready for commencement of OOSH services in week one of term three.
What is the process for confirming a placement?
Parents are asked to register their interest for before and after school care with Inspire. Inspire will forward enrolment forms to registered families this week. Once the service approval is received, parents will be contacted to finalise enrolments.
Before School Care
Inspire have received interest for an average of five children to attend before school care per day. Providing a before school care service for such a small number of children is not viable. Inspire will contact these families to arrange access to before school care at Cammeray Public School and will offer a bus service from Cammeray Public School to their respective schools each morning.
In the event that before school care cannot be secured at Cammeray Public School, parents can access the before school care service at Anzac Park Public School in Cammeray, operated by Jigsaw. Transport will be provided from the Anzac Park service.
Collection of Children
Some parents have asked if children will be returned to school for collection at the end of after school care at 6pm. The collection point for children will be at Warners Park, The Outpost Northbridge.
Increase in cost
Many parents have expressed concern regarding fees. The Inspire program builds extra-curricular activities and a homework hub into its program. These services contribute to the increased fees. More information on the Inspire program can be found on their website https://www.inspireprogram.com.au/.
In addition, as the service is not located on a school campus, transport adds an additional expense.
Long Term Options
Council is working with schools to assess longer-term solutions for OOSH in Northbridge. Council understands that Northbridge Public school intends to establish an onsite OOSH in 2020, via a tender process.
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