School life

Out of school hours care

Out of school hours care (OSHC) services provide a range of supervised recreation and leisure activities for school aged children.

OSHC services provide child care mostly for children attending school,and can also care for children who have not started school. 

As a general rule, when an OSHC service fills vacant places, it must give school children priority over children who have not yet started school. OSHC services are encouraged to provide child care to children with high support needs and disabilities.

OSHC services must ensure that the placement of children is in line with the Australian Government Department Social Services Priority of Access Guidelines.

OSHC services may offer care:

  • before and after school
  • on pupil-free days
  • during school holidays.

Find an OSHC service near you

Use the schools directory to find an OSHC service.

Many OSHC services are located in schools; others may be located in community facilities, recreation or child care centres.

Accessing OSHC

Families can access OSHC on a casual, part-time, regular or emergency basis.

OSHC fees

The cost of out of school care depends on the fee set by the service and the:

  • income of the family
  • frequency and pattern of use.

Parents of children attending an approved OSHC service may be eligible for financial assistance with their child care fees through the Australian Government's Child Care Benefit Scheme. Check if you are eligible by visiting the Department of Human Services.

Related information


Phone: 8226 6427

On this site

Long day care
Child care options - what to look for when selecting a child care service 

Other websites

National Quality Standards in Early Childhood Education and Care - ACECQA


Out of School Hours Care factsheet - Department for Education and Child Development

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