The NSW Nationals in the state government have created more than 11,000 Out of School Hours Care places since July 2019 as part of the Before and After School Care election commitment.
NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the $120 million commitment supports services through fee waivers, infrastructure funding and the new hub delivery.
“The NSW Nationals in the state government want to ensure affordable and convenient before and after school care is available to every family who needs it,” Mr Farraway said.
“We are committed to providing more before and after school care places to support working families. This is particularly important as communities and households recover from the pandemic.”
As part of this commitment, Molong Central School and Calare Public School will be receiving new Out of School Hours Care Hubs, relieving the waitlist burden for local families.
“The $20 million hub program will help provide additional before and after school care places for students in our area,” Mr Farraway said.
“The Out of School Care Hubs are modular buildings, custom-designed for Out of School Hours Care services. They will help cut the waitlists for services, allowing more families to access before and after school care services.
NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said this program would benefit many families across NSW.
“We know many families rely on before and after school care services, and these hubs are a fantastic way to ensure convenient before and after school care is available to those who need it,” Ms Mitchell said.
“These hubs will be in metropolitan schools, but also in regional and rural schools – recognising that additional before and after school care places are important right across the state and are crucial for building a stronger and safer regional NSW.”