It's the beginning of a new school year and some parents with little ones starting this year have been surprised to discover that there is no one available to monitor children before and after school.
Generally most schools will have a playground teacher on duty from around 8.30 in the morning as the majority of pupils arrive. But parents must be aware that if they drop their children off before this time, there is no one to supervise them unless the school has an official before school service(for which you need to register your child) or if there is no Out of School Hours Care service on or near the school premises you will need to make alternative care arrangements.
This is a very tricky area for working parents, for whom the school hours are simply unmanageable for their working day, no matter how flexible their employer is.
For most parents with kindergarten age children, the first term is even more of a nightmare while kindy kids are generally released half an hour before the rest of the kids, so 2.30 in most cases. This puts even more pressure on a working day.
The best option is to get your children into Out of School Hours Care (OOSH) if available at your school. These centres are generally on the premises or nearby to the school. However, they are not part of the school and are independently run, although they do work closely with the school in terms of providing seamless care particularly for the youngest children, such as picking up kids from their classes.