Amberley O.S.H.C.

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3.8 Extra-Curricular Activities

Amberley OSHC recognises that extra-curricular activities provide opportunities for children to engage in enriching extension programs which support their growth and development.  Where possible, the service will work with local and wider community groups to support the provision of such activities within the legislative framework for OSHC.

Amberley OSHC understands from time to time, extracurricular activities may be provided within or close to the school grounds and that some families may wish to access these for their children who are attending OSHC.  It is therefore essential to implement practices which support the needs of children and families without compromising the capacity to provide quality care for all children attending the service.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.5; 1.2.2; 2.3.1; 4.1; 1.1; 6.2.1; 6.3.2; 7.3.1, 7.3.4, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2.3 – Educator Ratios, 3.11 – Escorting Children, 9.3 – Communication with Families.

 Procedures

The family shall be responsible for informing the OSHC service of any extra-curricular activities that the child/ren may be involved in whilst enrolled and registered to attend the service. This may be done by completing the appropriate documentation available at the service.

The Nominated/Certified Supervisor shall discuss with the family the impact that this may have on the service.  Such discussion shall include whether the child will be signed out of care by the OSHC or the activity provider and who shall be responsible for collecting the child from the service and/or returning them to the service when the activity is over.

Suitable negotiations and arrangements shall be made to decide whether or not the service will be able to provide additional assistance to the family in having their request met if they are asking for their child/ren to be dropped off or collected from the activity (see policy 3.11 – Escorting Children).

In making an appropriate decision, the Nominated Supervisor shall be required to consider:

  • The accessibility and available of educators to fulfil such functions.
  • Legislative implications for the service such as maintaining ratios;
  • Any financial implications or impacts on the service.
  • Any negative impacts on other children attending the service who are not directly involved in the extra curricular activity.

The Nominated Supervisor shall maintain the right to make an appropriate decision regarding possible arrangements.

The family shall maintain the right to appeal the decision of the Nominated Supervisor through the service’s grievance procedure.  This should be directed to the Management Committee following procedures set out in the service Complaints Handling Policy (see Policy 9.5).

Reviewed 9 February 2015


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