Schools may engage an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) provider as an affordable service for the students and parents of the school and local community. The school, however, is not the provider of the service and this procedure does not govern the day-to-day management of OSHC services by providers.
The agreement with the OSHC provider will run for a period of five years, with the potential to extend for another two, two year terms. The service is required to go out to tender every nine years or more frequently as required, with formal reviews undertaken at key junctures.
OSHC service providers must comply with relevant legislation and directives with regard to the establishment and operation of the program.
There are three key features of the procedure:
- A focus on quality in the provider selection process.
- An optional co-investment contribution (in-kind and monetary).
- A two-step tender process, with P&Cs offered the first opportunity before the tenders are invited from both not-for-profit and commercial providers.
The use of DET school sites for OSHC, including maintenance, condition assessments and upgrades is governed by the terms outlined in the OSHC agreement.
DET Office of Early Childhood Education and Care (OECEC) is the regulatory authority in Queensland, responsible for the approval, monitoring and regulation of OSHC services, as specified in the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations.