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When do preschool children become school-aged at OSHC?

7 November 2019

It can be confusing to work out when preschool children should be classified as school-aged at out-of-school-hours care (OSHC).

However it’s vital to do this, so your service is complying with educator-to-child ratios.

Remember, required ratios are the minimum requirements. Many other factors should be considered for adequate staffing.

The Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 define preschool age.

A child over preschool age is one who:
(a)  is enrolled or registered at a school; and
(b)  attends, or in the current calendar year will attend, school in the year before grade 1 or in grade 1 or a higher grade.

So preschool children are still recognised as such in the December vacation care period.

However, they are recognised as school-aged (if they meet the above definition) in the January vacation care period.