Outside school hours care

Find out about outside school hours care, how to find a provider and tips for choosing a provider.

Outside school hours care is for families who need before and after school and vacation care for preschool and primary school children.

You may be able to get Child Care Subsidy to help pay for the cost of outside school hours care.

Finding a provider

Outside school hours care is run by organisations separate to the school. It can be in schools, youth clubs, community centres or in a family daycare setting.

Enrolment in school doesn’t guarantee a place in outside school hours care. You can contact the provider to find out about vacancies, hours, fees and enrolment.

Find providers by entering your address into the finder on the Starting Blocks website.

Choosing a provider

When you’re choosing a provider for outside school hours care, you may want to consider:

  • how the service builds relationships with the children and their families
  • planned programs and activities and how they’re tailored to each child
  • resources available to the children, including play and learning materials or indoor and outdoor equipment
  • health and safety policies.

Find out more about choosing quality outside school hours care for your child on the Starting Blocks website.

Page last updated: 14 April 2023