Scot MacDonald
30th Oct 2017

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

Charlestown South Public School has been awarded the funding to update facilities and launch their out of school hours care program, creating up to 40 new before and after school places for students.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC joined the Principal of Charlestown South Public School Colin Johnson 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.

Principal Mr Johnson commented, “The addition of such a service within our school has been welcomed with open arms by our community and provided a wonderful solution to the growing dilemma that parents face in seeking out before and after school care for their children.”

“The funding has enabled the school to enhance the current facilities to ensure the safety, security and comfort of the students each and every morning and afternoon”.

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.

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

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