Amberley O.S.H.C.

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9.1 Access

Amberley OSHC is available to all school age children and is primarily for those whose parents work or study.  The program is designed to include children irrespective of backgrounds eg cultural, religious, gender, disability, marital status and income.  All sections of the community are respected, valued, catered for and encouraged to be involved in the operation of Amberley OSHC.

 

Amberley OSHC is available to Primary School age children whom are currently in attendance at, or enrolled in, the affiliated school being Amberley District State School. Children attending or enrolled at neighbouring and other schools within the surrounding community are accepted on the provision that they are of Primary School age and subsequent enrolment procedures are followed. All final enrolment decisions are made at the discretion of the centre co-ordinator.

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
  • Australian Government Department of Education Children’s Services Handbook
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 1.1.5; 3.1.3; 4.2.1; 6.1.1, 6.1.3; 6.3.1,6.3.3; 7.1.1; 7.2.1; 7.3.2, 7.3.4, 7.3.5.
  • Policies:  2.11 – Including Children with Special/Additional Needs, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communication with Families.

 Procedures

The service and its employees will promote equality, cultural diversity and will be actively encouraged to understand individual children’s backgrounds and provide opportunities and sensitivity to their needs.

To enable children with special/additional needs to attend, the service will facilitate access to inclusion and support assistance as necessary.

To enable children to participate in the range of activities at the service, the Coordinator will invite and encourage all parents/guardians and their child to meet with educators regularly to review and evaluate how the Service is meeting the needs of the particular child.

Priority for places at the service is given to primary school age children between Prep and Grade 6.

If demand for places provided at this service exceeds approved places, priority of access will be given based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education Children’s Services Handbook (https://www.education.gov.au/priority-allocating-places ):

  • Priority 1 – A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
  • Priority 2 – A child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work, training, study test under section 14 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
  • Priority 3 – Any other child

Within these main categories priority should also be given to the following children:

  • Children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Children in families which include a disabled person
  • Children in families which include an individual whose adjusted taxable income does not exceed the lower income threshold of $43,727 for 2015-2016, or who or whose partner are on income support
  • Children in families from a non-English speaking background
  • Children in socially isolated families
  • Children of single parents.

A priority 3 child will only be asked to vacate a place to make room for a child with a higher priority if:

  • The family has been notified of the priority of access requirements and that your service follows this policy when the child first entered care; and
  • The family is given at least 14 days’ notice of the need for the child to vacate the place.
Reviewed 20 April 2015,  Updated 12 May 2015, Updated 4 May 2016, Updated 19 June 2017


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