Securing before and after school care for families in regional NSW

Balancing work and life for families in regional NSW will become easier thanks to a $37.9 million investment in before and after school care.

Acting Premier Paul Toole and Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell today visited Bulahdelah Central School, one of 35 small regional schools to receive a financial boost to establish before and after school care in the community.

Mr Toole said the funding would help families access before and after school care, no matter where they live.

“This investment will give parents in small regional communities more flexibility and make the juggle between work and raising a family that little bit easier,” Mr Toole said.

“The NSW Government has committed more than $20 million to establish before and after school care services in smaller communities like Bulahdelah where a traditional service is unviable.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government is committed to delivering quality before and after school care to NSW families.

“This Government is supporting working families by expanding before and after school care services across NSW, creating an additional 19,420 before and after school care places over the last three years,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We know that regional working families can struggle when there’s a lack of before and after school care services, as it often has a flow-on impact to parents participating in the workforce.

“Providing more before and after school care services has flow on effects in regional communities, making life easier for working families.

“This $37.9 million investment is on top of our existing $235 million commitment, to help support and grow the before and after school care sector to improve access and affordability for NSW families.”

The BASC package includes:

  • More than $20 million to expand BASC provision in regional schools.
  • More than $16 million for grants to improve transport services to BASC services.

List of 35 schools receiving a financial boost:

  1. Adaminaby Public School
  2. Afterlee Public School
  3. Baradine Central School
  4. Bemboka Public School
  5. Bigga Public School
  6. Binnaway Central School
  7. Blackville Public School
  8. Bobin Public School
  9. Bogan Gate Public School
  10. Bombala Public School
  11. Bredbo Public School
  12. Bribbaree Public School
  13. Bulahdelah Central School
  14. Bundarra Central School
  15. Caragabal Public School
  16. Condobolin Public School
  17. Deepwater Public School
  18. Delegate Public School
  19. Ebor Public School
  20. Ellerston Public School
  21. Eumungerie Public School
  22. Goolgowi Public School
  23. Gulargambone Central School
  24. Hernani Public School
  25. Humula Public School
  26. Jerilderie Public School
  27. Jugiong Public School
  28. Mathoura Public School
  29. Murrurundi Public School
  30. Narromine Public School
  31. Nymboida Public School
  32. Pallamallawa Public School
  33. The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School
  34. Ungarie Central School
  35. Wooli Public School

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