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#1 skulker

Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hi all,

Just hoping someone can shed some light on this situation, and perhaps suggest some options, before I speak to the preschool and before and after school care.

This term, my DD started at a community preschool and goes to before school care one day per week. On that day, someone from the before school care walks her to her preschool (it's not far) or they drive if it's raining. It's been working great. A friend informed me yesterday that the before school care can no longer continue this due to rules and regulations, effective immediately. Friend is also effected by this. I will speak directly to before school care this week.

Apparently, in order to continue offering the service, they need to establish a full preschool program and have a university qualified staff member. Friend has spoken to the preschool to see if they could possibly open 15-20 minutes earlier, which is all we need (between her leaving for work and the preschool opening time).

Is there any wiggle room on this? DD doesn't require a full preschool program from the before school care as she's going to preschool that day. Our DDs are 5 years old, if that makes any difference.

Thanks in advance!

#2 skulker

Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:00 PM

Just received an email from the before school care and it seems that they were never allowed to have children not enrolled at school. Whoops!
There's always been several pre-schoolers who attend the vacation care too.

#3 Agnetha

Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:06 PM

I was wondering if that were the case , particularly with it being effective immediately . All the best findings options.

Edited by Agnetha, 21 March 2017 - 12:08 PM.


#4 Agnetha

Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:07 PM

Our OSH club has preschoolers over the summer , but they are five, about to start school and usually have a Sibling there.

#5 MadnessCraves

Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:12 PM

oh dear! I've never heard that policy you mentioned above, almost all pre-schools DD went to, there was at least a before and after school care on grounds, even though it was like only 'open one hour before/after for an extra $$' but overall, it wasn't very useful.

if the BSC/ASC is important, any chance of getting her moved over to a LDC instead?

#6 Bugster

Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:16 PM

Our OSH will only take kids that are starting that year. Ie my 4yr old daughter attending in January as she was enrolled to start at the school in feb.

I believe that the restrictions are impossible to get around.

we used a preschool in NSW and it had to run 9-3 only they tried eveything to get longer days but couldn't.

I sugesst you try find a family daycarer nearby that does this

#7 kgtnkate

Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:56 PM

The regulation for OSHC is school age only and yes they are in breach.

For the preschool to accommodate you it is going to require a complete over haul of staffing since time spent without children is calculated differently than time spent with, there are implications for breaks, how much additional planning time you are given etc. It's not as simple as the child sitting quietly in a corner while you get on with other duties.

On an occasional emergency basis I have reluctantly done it, because I don't want to set a precedent but not regularly.

Maybe one of the other parents is open to some babysitting?




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