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Home-based Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) programmes

Home-based Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) programmes are for children aged five to 13 years of age, and provide care and recreation before school, after school, and during school holidays.

MSD Approvals will only approve home-based providers to deliver OSCAR programmes if they are licensed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to operate Early Childhood Education and care services (ECE).

Rather than having to meet the OSCAR Standards for Approval, providers are to undergo a streamlined assessment process on the basis that they have already met MOE’s licensing criteria. However, providers delivering home-based OSCAR programmes still need to meet some requirements in order to become MSD Approved. These requirements must be satisfied by a provider on application for MSD Approval, as well as on assessment review.

Home-based OSCAR organisations do not generally require a site visit. MSD Approvals may, however, conduct an on-site assessment to clarify information or respond to concerns raised either on initial application and/or assessment review.

Initial application process

If your organisation is seeking MSD Approval to deliver OSCAR programmes within the home, you will be assessed on the basis of the information you provide by completing the home-based OSCAR Approval application form.

Please note: Home-based OSCAR applications for MSD Approval take approximately six weeks to process.

If you have any questions about this process, or the information you are required to provide, please contact the MSD Approvals team in your region.

Assessment review

If you already hold MSD Approval to deliver home-based OSCAR programmes, an assessor will be in touch with you four weeks ahead of your scheduled assessment review date. You will be asked to submit information about your service, as well as provide information about any change in service.

If you have any questions about this process, and or the information you are required to provide, please contact the MSD Approvals team in your region.

Review cycles

Home-based OSCAR providers are typically assessed on a two year review cycle.

OSCAR subsidies

If you are granted MSD Approval to deliver home-based OSCAR programmes, parents with children enrolled in your programme may qualify for an OSCAR Subsidy.

If you would like more information about how parents can apply, please see:

OSCAR grant funding

If you hold MSD Approval to deliver home-based OSCAR programmes, you cannot apply for grant funding from MSD.

For further information, please contact the Work and Income OSCAR team:

Hours of operation

If you are granted MSD Approval to deliver home-based OSCAR programmes, the hours in which those services are able to operate are as follows:

Before school care

6.30am - 9.00am
Monday to Friday

After school care

2.30pm - 7.00pm
Monday to Friday

School holidays

7.00am - 7.00pm
Monday to Friday

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