Nine Before and After School Care (BASC) services will benefit from more than $500,000 in the first round of the NSW Government’s Transport Grant Program.

These grants form part of the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring that all parents with children at public primary schools have access to BASC services.

BASC service providers across NSW were invited to apply for grants of up to $85,000 to support transport solutions to increase access to BASC services with priority given to students in small, regional and/or remote public schools who do not currently have access to BASC services.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said it was important that the Transport Grant Program is supporting NSW public school students and their families.

“I’m proud that this government is providing the funding to ensure that parents with children at public primary schools have access to Before and After School Care,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

In the Goulburn electorate Romp and Stomp OSHC was included in the Transport Grant Program.

“This funding will allow resources for Romp and Stomp OSCH bus driver/coordinator to deliver care services to the eight local government primary schools in the city. This includes pickup and drop off, helping restore their pre-covid services,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell congratulated the recipients of the first round of grants.

“Successful applicants will use this funding in a variety of ways, including the establishment of bus services to enable students to travel outside of their own towns to attend BASC services in the morning and afternoon.

“These grants are part of a $120 million funding commitment made by the NSW Government that is supporting projects, initiatives and activities that seek to develop sustainability and innovation in Before and After School Care services across the state,” Ms Mitchell said.

Unsuccessful applicants from round one will be contacted individually by the BASC Grants Team for advice about their eligibility for the second round of funding or alternate grant programs that would suit their application.

The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.