Outside School Hours Research Hub

Outside School Hours Research Hub

Our goal is to educate on the complexities surrounding the purpose and operational administration of out-of-school care.


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The Significance of Outside School Hours (OSHC)

For many working families, outside school hours care (OSHC) delivers important support as they know children are being provided with a safe and stimulating environment before and after school, and during school holidays.

This is what makes OSHC so appealing for Queensland families. However in Australia limited research has been conducted into Outside School Hours Care services, as emphasis has generally been placed on examining care provision for children below school age. Yet increasing numbers of women involved in the labour force rely on the services to care for their children.

Therefore our mission for OSHRH is to provide support and research into the purpose and operational administration, that apply to care outside school hours.

It takes a village to raise a child

Identifying ways to streamline the complexities associated with the purpose and administration of out-of-school care, in order to improve its effectiveness.

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    Research project being conducted by Professor Kylie Smith and Dr Bruce Hurst from The University of Melbourne and Associate Professor Jennifer Cartmel from Griffith University

    This research project aims to find out about how Outside School Hours services plan and program for gender equity. Outside School Hours services are unique and we want to understand what these changes mean and look like in practice. The research will do this by asking you to share your perspectives on the practices you employ in your service. It will also ask you about your knowledge and attitudes towards gender equity work with primary age children.