Scot MacDonald
15th Sep 2017

More working families in Charlestown will have access to flexible before and after school care for their children, following the announcement that St Paul’s Primary School in Gateshead will receive $30,000 from the NSW Government’s Before and After School Care Fund.

St Paul’s Primary School has been awarded the funding to establish their out of school hours care program, creating up to 120 new before and after school places for students.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC joined the Principal of St Paul’s Primary School Greg Cumming to congratulate the school on securing a grant under the $20 million NSW Government initiative designed to create more places in out of school hours care programs across the state.

“This funding is great news for busy families who need the extra flexibility that before and after school care provides,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This is a very welcome grant as so many of our families have two working parents, and often their workplaces are a long way from school” Mr Cumming said.

“Having an OOSH service on site allows children to have continuity of care in our safe and loving environment, and gives parents peace of mind that their children are well-fed, happy and having fun, both before and after school”

Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell, said applications are currently open for Before and After School Care grants and encouraged all schools, P&C groups, community groups and not-for-profit organisations to apply.

“With a 4 year-old daughter and another baby on the way, I understand that every family has different childcare needs and this can often be stressful to coordinate,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“This grant program is just another way the NSW Government is helping families access the childcare support that they need.”

For more information on the Before and After School Care Fund, visit the Department of Education website at 

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