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Expanding the age groups at your service?

4 May 2020

To meet the needs of families and the community during the pandemic, some approved providers have applied to increase the scope of the ages of children they provide education and care for at their service/s. This is done through a Notification of change to information about an approved service form (SA12).

When contemplating submitting an SA12 form, it is important to consider whether your service is equipped to provide education and care for differing ages of children.

A long day care service planning to provide out-of-school-hours care (OSHC) and/or vacation care to school-aged children must have suitable facilities and resources. This is so the service can cater for the learning and development of children of this age group. Some things to consider are:

  • Does the service have access to appropriate toileting facilities? E.g. Do toilets provide older children with adequate privacy?
  • Have you considered the relevant curriculum for school-aged children (My time, our place: framework for school age care in Australia)?
  • Does the service have access to appropriate resources and equipment for the additional age group of children (including tables and chairs of suitable height)?
  • Have you considered staff-to-child ratios for the age group of children you are adding to your scope?

It’s important to include this type of detail on your notification. This is so we are clear what education and care you are providing at your service.

You also need to consider if these type of changes may affect child care subsidy or other funding. You can contact the Department for Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) on 1300 667 276 or see their website for more information.

Please call us on (08) 8226 0077 or email: educationstandardsboard [at] sa.gov.au if you have any questions about this this type of notification.