The proportion of OSHC centres across NSW and NT meeting NQS ratings in Q3-20 has jumped 9 percentage points, from 50% to 59%, and from 49% to 58%, since the same time last year. The same trend was observed in West Australia.
In South Australia where 45% of outside school hours systems were meeting NQF requirements 12 months ago. This year, an impressive 51% have passed this category.
The number of OSHC providers exceeding NQS ratings in Queensland in the third quarter of the current year have remained roughly the same since Q3-19. This is mainly in QA 5 and 7, creating environments for educators and children to collaborate more effectively.
These trends are reflected in the overall ratings for the latest quarter for which data is available. Close to two-thirds of OSHC centres are meeting NQS, but a quarter of these will still need more work done. State Territory and local government managed centres, as well as Catholic schools are performing the best out of all service types.
OSHC centres outperform themselves in relationship building
About two-thirds of outside school hours care providers are meeting NQS standards, while 14% are exceeding expectations in a majority of the quality areas. With regards to detailed quality area ratings, a quarter of these centres are outperforming themselves in QA5, maintaining healthy relationships with children.
However, a significant proportion of OSHC providers are also falling short of quality areas 1 (educational program and practice) and 7 (governance and leadership). This trend is also observed in the case of long day care centres. 13% of which need support in developing and implementing programs for child learning, as well as building the right organisational culture.
A professional learning community and management system (QA 7.1.2) is crucial in determining how well a centre is able to deliver its goals. 9% of all centres have not met related elements under the NQS framework.
Outside School Hours care centres continue to close down
The largest proportion of outside school hours care (OSHC) centres are in Tasmania (38%) and Western Australia (37%).
The rate at which OSHC centres were closing down in Q2-20 due to the impact of Covid-19 had slowed down by June. A total of 922 OSHC centres stopped doing business in quarter 3, a 60% decline from the previous quarter. However, a sudden rise in the rate at which these service closures were shutting down was observed in early July, and then again in early August.