Calare puts its hand up for out of school care

Calare puts its hand up for out of school care

OOSH MOVES: Orange City Council will move its out of school hours (OOSH) care at Kenna Hall to Calare Public School from term two in a bid to cut costs. Pictured are OOSH users Annalea, Jose, Hamish and Arabella. 0305mloosh1FAMILIES using Orange City Council’s out of school hours (OOSH) care services in March Street and Kenna Hall will be forced to use a new service at Calare Public School under changes to the scheme starting from term two.

Council will roll over the two services to one location in a bid to cut costs and meet federal government regulations.

Council’s corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond said Kenna Hall in Hill Street did not meet the minimum outdoor space requirements.

Calare Public School will receive $5000 annually from council for the next three years to pay for the refurbishment of two vacant classrooms and a new kitchen and wet area for the OOSH service.

Principal Chris Cundy said the school had “killed two birds with the one stone” as the rooms had been earmarked as “lifestyle rooms” for the students to use for cooking activities.

“We can use it for that and for after school care,” he said.

“The reason we offered was because we had the space.

“We’ve got a big green oval and an undercover area … it’s a total package.”

Mr Cundy said OOSH users from Calare would benefit from having it based at their school with around 10 per cent using the service.

“Some parents [with children at other schools] will say why is it at Calare, but it’s not a big place Orange,” he said.

“The inconvenience will be forgotten when they see the new facility.”

The new arrangement will see council save money by cutting one staff member and reducing rent costs which totalled $31,424 last financial year.

Although the 50 OOSH spaces are currently filled with a waiting list, Mr Redmond said there were no plans to increase the amount of places available.

He said the council chose Calare as other schools had space limitations.

Parents were kept informed of the changes.

Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School principal Michael Croke said the Kenna Hall OOSH service was run by the parish and the council.

While he admitted having the service based at the school was “handy” he was uncertain whether parents would be inconvenienced by the move.

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