Working in outside school hours care

​ ​​‘The great thing is that there’s an OSHC attached to almost every school, so even though I’d moved suburbs, I still had a lot of employment opportunities. I get to spend time, up to 5.5 hours a day, with children and support them to learn and grow through play.’ – Kaela

​​​​​​​​​​​​Outside school hours care (OSHC) gives children​​—mostly school age—access to play and leisure-based educational programs. The programs are delivered before and after school, during school holidays and on pupil-free days.

OSHC generally operate for around 25 hours a week in ​schools, community centres and youth clubs.​​

Outside school hours care roles and qualifications


​OSHC services employ educators with a range of qualifications.

An educator with a minimum 2-​year relevant qualification (e.g. diploma level or higher) can manage the OSHC service, plan and deliver leisure-based educational programs, and provide leadership and support to other staff. They also manage finances and administrative tasks and ensure compliance with policies and legislation.

​An educator with a minimum 1-year relevant qualification (e.g. certificate III) can works with a coordinator or nominated supervisor (service director) and help plan and deliver the service's educational program.

Depending on the number of children attending the service and ratio requirements, OSHC services may employ educators with no qualification or a qualification that is not an approved qualification.

​In Queensland, there are 8 areas of study that are approved as relevant qualifications for educators working with school-age children, these are:

  • early childhood education and care qualification
  • behavioural science
  • community services
  • creative arts, fine arts, drama or music
  • nursing, paramedicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, diversional therapy or speech pathology
  • primary, secondary or special education
  • sport and recreation
  • human welfare studies and services.

Check if a qualification is on the list of approved 2-year and 1-year relevant qualifications for working in OSHC in Queensland.

​Some educator positions in outside school hours care (OSHC) will require individuals to either hold or be actively working towards a minimum 2-year or 1-year approved relevant qualification.

Educators who are 18 years of age or older have a period of time from commencing working in an OSHC where they do not need to hold or be actively working towards any qualification:

  • Where an educator’s position requires them to hold or be actively working towards a minimum 2-year relevant qualification, the educator has 6 months grace period.
  • Where an educator’s position requires them to hold or be actively working towards a minimum 1-year relevant qualification, the educator has 3 months grace period.

All educators under 18 years of age must hold or be actively working towards at least a minimum 1-year relevant qualification.​

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Last updated 15 April 2024