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Council transfer of school-age care services a success


Redland City Council has successfully transferred operation of school-age care services to several community-based not-for-profit organisations.

Mayor of Redland City Karen Williams said the transfer of its school-age care services following a Queensland Government tender process and negotiation with the Catholic and independent schools sectors was a win-win situation for Council and the Redlands community.

“Five highly experienced providers will now deliver this important service to families from 19 local schools across Redland City,” Cr Williams said.
“The organisations that will deliver these services are Ormiston College Early Learning Centre; Centacare; Jabiru Kids; Helping hands Network; and Redlands PCYC.

“All of the new providers have expressed interest in recruiting current school-age care staff for positions at their services.”

Cr Williams said Council used a phased approach during the Christmas holidays to ensure a smooth transition out of school-age care services in time for the start of the 2013 school year.

“There have been no disruptions to services at the 19 schools that had Council-operated school-age care in place in the lead up to the transfer on Friday 25 January,” she said.

Redlands PCYC Branch Manager Sergeant Graham Pearse said he was proud of the quality outside school hours care services the club has offered since 2004 and he looked forward to welcoming new parents and children from Tuesday 29 January.

“Our new families will have the opportunity to join the many varied activities at PCYC while the schools will benefit directly from a number of value-added services including access to funding, our
buses and our expertise in the industry,” Sgt Pearse said.

“We have re-employed approximately 15 Council staff as well as additional new qualified staff members to help run the services.

“We are really excited about the future and our families will notice the difference as we introduce new programs and renovate each space over the coming months.”

As Council has exited school-age care services, current enrolments have ceased and families will need to complete an enrolment with the new provider for their service.

Council has provided details to all current clients of school-age care service to assist in re-enrolment for 2013. A full list of the 19 school-age care services transferred from Council to other providers is below.

Ormiston College

The service will now be operated by the school. Information packs will be sent to families by the school.

Please direct all inquires to the Ormiston College Early Learning Centre on 3495 6001 or email ocoshc@ormistoncollege.com

St Mary Mackillop, St Anthony’s, St Rita’s And St Luke’s

These services will now be operated by Centacare.

Please direct all enquires to Michelle Densmore on 0409 802 452 or email michelle.densmore@bne.centacare.net.au

Alexandra Hills, Birkdale South, Cleveland, Coolnwynpin And Hilliard State Schools

These services will now be operated by Jabiru Kids.
Jabiru has mailed enrolment packs to families currently using the services. The pack can also be accessed online at www.jabiru.org.au/kids. Please direct all inquires to 3269 0044.

Mt Cotton, Redland Bay, Victoria Point, Thornlands State Schools

These services will now be operated by the Helping Hands Network.
Helping Hands will be mailing enrolment packs to families currently using the services. Please direct all inquires to 5438 9549.

Birkdale, Capalaba, Ormiston State, Vienna Woods and Wellington Point State Schools

These services will be operated by Redlands PCYC.
For all enrolment forms and contact details visit the website at www.redlandspcyc.org.au or call to request hard copies.
Please direct all inquires to Leanne Jays on 3245 4639.

School-age care


Council would like to clear up misconceptions that may result from a report in the Bayside Bulletin (Tuesday 16 October 2012) relating to the transition out of school-age care.

Council is not “axing” school-age care.

It is transitioning out of school-age care to allow other specialist providers – who can deliver the services more efficiently and flexibly – to do so.

It is important to know that Education Queensland’s approval for Council to deliver the services in state schools is due to expire.

With Education Queensland embarking on a new competitive tender process, rather than just leaving it to Council to run these services, Council would have had to compete with other more agile organisations – and it is unlikely that Council would be successful in that tender process.

Other organisations, including not-for-profits such as P&Cs, can run school-age care services very efficiently and with less red tape than Council.

Because the process will now be a competitive one, it is likely that schools will benefit, with their P&C Associations running the school-age care service or being offered financial incentives by the new provider.

It is also important to know that most school-age care services around the state are provided by community based not-for-profit organisations, not councils.

In fact, no other Council in south-east Queensland delivers school-age care because it is not the core business of Council.

Council originally got involved in school-age care because there were no other providers. Our own reviews over the years have shown that Council should move out of school-age care once the market matures and there are a sufficient number of providers who can deliver these services. That time has well and truly come.

There will be no disruption to services at the 19 schools that currently have Council-operated school-age care.
To allow a community service to be run by the most efficient organisation is good for the community and allows Council to focus on its core business.

It is up to schools to determine who they want to run their school-age care service.

No disruption to services as Council transitions out of school-age care


Redland City Council will transition out of school-age care to allow specialist providers to deliver the service flexibly and more efficiently.

There will be no disruption to services at the 19 schools that currently have council-operated school-age care.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was moving out of school-age care provision as the market was now able to support itself, with many excellent organisations able to offer the service more efficiently than Council.

“Most school-age care services around the state are provided by community-based not-for-profit organisations, not local councils,” Cr Williams said.

“Our own reviews over the years have shown that Council should move out of school-age care once the market matures and there are a sufficient number of providers who can deliver these services.

“That time has well and truly come. There are many organisations, including those that run programs across Queensland and Australia that are able to deliver a more efficient service, as well as provide more opportunities and flexibility for staff.

“Some of these already operate out of school-age care services in the Redlands.

“With Council approvals to deliver the services in state schools now expiring – and a more competitive tender process required by Education Queensland – Council has made the decision to leave this to others in the market.”

Cr Williams said Council would also be working with Catholic and independent school principals to ensure service continuity by another provider.

“Council plans to transition out of school age care in a staged approach over the upcoming Christmas holiday period,” she said.

“We will continue to run our service until new providers take over in the schools.They are all likely to be in place by the first day of school next year.”

Council currently operates school-age care at:

  • Alexandra Hills State School Ormiston College
  • Redland Bay State School Ormiston State School
  • Birkdale State School St Anthony’s, Alexandra Hills
  • Birkdale South State School St Luke’s, Capalaba
  • Capalaba State School St Rita’s, Victoria Point
  • Cleveland State School Thornlands State School
  • Coolnwynpin State School Victoria Point State School
  • Hilliard State School Vienna Woods State School
  • Mary Mackillop, Birkdale Wellington Point State School
  • Mount Cotton State School