Outside school hours care

An outside school hours care (OSHC) service provides education and care for primary school-age children after hours and during school holidays.

Outside school hours care (OSHC)

OSHC is an education and care service that supports children to:

  • engage in play and leisure activities
  • learn new skills to further their development
  • build relationships with educators in a community that is connected to, but separate from, the school community


OSHC locations are usually located at or close to primary schools.

They may also be offered in locations such as:

  • community centres
  • halls
  • neighbourhood houses
  • recreation centres


Hours will vary depending on community needs, generally operating on weekdays as:

  • before school care, 7.00am–8.45am (or until school start time)
  • after school care (including early school finish), 3.30pm–6.00pm (or from school finish time)
  • vacation care (during school holidays), 7.00am–6.00pm.

Find out more information about outside school care.

Find out more information about OSHC Locations.

Due to the changing nature of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) issue, it is essential that families contact DET for the most up to date information.

More information

Families, Youth and Children
OSHC Resource Officer
Phone: (03) 8470 8106