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Before/after school programmes and school holiday programmes. MSD OSCAR approval, regional information and contacts; establishing an OSCAR service. Support, advice and inspiration are closer than you think! 

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What can I find here?

This web-site is primarily aimed at providing a hub for OSCAR programme providers.

If you are a parent looking for information about OSCAR you might want to have a look at this link.

Some of the things you might want to do while here:

  • Make contact with a regional network
  • Register for sector announcements and updates
  • Ask a question about getting a programme started, MSD Approval, employment processes etc.
  • Get ideas and tips about running your programme

What is OSCAR?

"OSCAR" stands for Out of School Care and Recreation. OSCAR services are before/after school and school holiday programmes for school-aged children, usually up to the age of 13 years. Not all these services call themselves "OSCAR" but they have common features such as a focus on play and recreation (rather than schooling), operating outside of school hours and in holiday times, and providing care while parents do other things - work, training or taking time for their own activities.

These programmes are run by all kinds of small and large organisations - community groups, private businesses, franchises, local government, marae, schools, churches, early childhood centres and so on.  If you wish to locate a programme in your area, please refer to the Family Services Directory or contact one of the regional OSCAR Networks.

You may also come across the terms "OSCAR Approved" or "OSCAR Registered", however there is no OSCAR governing body. "OSCAR Approved" usually refers to a programme being accredited by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Read more about MSD Accreditation here.

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Our aim

Useful OSCAR information all in one place. Background information for those new to the sector.

Supported by
The Ministry of Social 

An OSCAR Activity Resource

"Something to do"

Have you checked out our FAQ page ?

What are the minimum requirements
that I should have in place
when I open?

Can an OSCAR programme
exclude children?

What is the process if an OSCAR programme changes ownership?

What can I expect when an MSD Assessor comes to my programme?

If the answer isn't there we are happy to help - please send us your question!


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