Māori and the Out of School Services Sector

Appendix 3

Out of school services review whānau survey

The government is currently reviewing the Out of School Services sector. To make sure that we have views from Māori, Te Puni Kōkiri wants to hear from parents and whānau who use approved and unapproved out of school services to inform this review process.

There will be a report on the findings from the review which will be made publicly available. Your information will be used to inform a report to the Minister in November 2010 providing advice on how Out of School services can be improved to better meet the needs of Māori.

What are approved and non-approved out of school services?

Approved formal care is defined as:

Before-school, after-school, and school holiday programmes for children aged five to 13 years, where the care of the child has formally been handed over from the child’s parent or caregiver to the Out of School Service provider. Programmes usually require fees to be paid but do not include education extension activities such as music lessons or sports practice.

Non-approved informal care is defined as:

Care where the child is looked after by someone other than a parent outside school hours but the care is not in an organised programme. It includes the provision of care by adult relatives (e.g. grandparents), siblings older than 13, babysitters, childminders, friends or neighbours. The care may be paid or unpaid.

We would like to find out how parent(s) and whānau are managing their caring responsibilities for their tamariki after school and during the holidays. We would like to get an idea of what works best for them and what could work better. We are focusing on Out of School services in urban and rural areas for children between the ages of 5 and 13 years.

We will also be interviewing out of school services providers, both approved and non-approved, to find out about the quality of out of school services they provide especially in relation to affordability, availability and quality.

We value your contribution to this work by asking you to fill out the attached survey form. All information will be kept confidential and you will not be identified.

When answering questions please tick the appropriate box and write directly in the space provided.

1. How many children are there in your whānau that require/will require out of school services?

Please tick the box

  • 1 child
  • 2 children
  • 3 children or more

2. How old are your children?

Please tick the box

  • 5-10 years
  • 10-13 years
  • 13 years +

3. Do you have children already attending out of school services?

  • Yes

    Indicate which type:
    • Approved providers have met certain criteria, standards and quality and are able to access government funding, for example, OSCAR [After-school, and school holiday programmes for children aged five to 13 years, where the care of the child has formally been handed over from the child’s parent or caregiver to the Out of School service provider. Programmes usually require fees to be paid but do not include education extension activities such as music lessons or sports practice].
    • Non-approved providers are delivering services, may/may not have quality standards and criteria and are not funded by government, care where the child is looked after by someone other than a parent outside school hours but the care is not in an organised programme. It includes the provision of care by adult relatives (e.g. grandparents), siblings older than 13, babysitters, childminders, friends or neighbours. The care may be paid or unpaid.
    • Whānau
    • Other – please state
  • No – please state reasons why

4. When thinking about out of school services for your children, what were/are the factors that are important to you when you are making decisions about out of school services?

Please rate them in order of priority for you (1 is most important): Please tick the box or boxes that apply to you:

  • Cost
  • Safe environment
  • Choice of out of school services in my area.
    • approved
    • non-approved
  • Quality programmes provided at the out of school services
  • Qualified staff to deliver the programmes at out of school services
  • Supportive tikanga-based environment
  • Provide Māori specific activities
  • Location and access to out of school services in my area
  • Others – please state

5. What have been some of the challenges if any that you have come across when making decisions about out of school services for your children?

  • Access for children with special needs and disabilities
  • The age range for out of school services do not go beyond 13 years
  • There are no approved out of school services in my area.
  • There are no non-approved out of school services in my area
  • Specific challenges in urban areas. Please state what these are
  • Specific challenges in rural areas. Please state what these are
  • Insufficient information about out of school service providers in my area
  • Insufficient information about which out of school service providers in my area have tikanga-based environments
  • Insufficient information about which out of school service providers in my area provide Māori specific activities
  • Cost of out of school services
  • Other – please state

6. Does your out of school services provider meet the needs you identified at question 4?

  • Yes – please state how your out of school services meets your needs
  • In part – please state what else is needed to meet your needs
  • No – please state why your out of school services do not meet your needs

7. How can out of school services be improved to better meet your needs?

  • They can’t be improved. Please state why
  • Quality programmes
  • Qualified staff
  • Tikanga content in programmes
  • Māori specific activities
  • Accessible for children with special needs and disabilities
  • Accessible for children in rural areas
  • Out of school services for children 13 years+
  • Cost
  • Other – please state

8. If you had a choice, would you prefer to have: after school services provided by a:

  • Non-Māori provider
  • Māori provider
  • Please state the reasons for your choice:

9. Does your out of school service provider provide Māori specific activities?

  • Yes
  • No
  • If yes, what type of activities are these? Please state:
  • What type of Māori specific activities would you like to see at your after school service? Please state.
  • Do your children respond well to Māori specific activities at after school services?
    • Yes
    • No
    • If no, please state why:

10. Are you familiar with the criteria for getting an OSCAR subsidy?

  • Yes
  • No, but I would like to know more

11. Do you receive an OSCAR subsidy?

  • Yes
  • No, why not?
  • If yes, please describe any difficulties you have had in getting this subsidy:
  • What improvements would you suggest are needed to the subsidy?

12. Are you aware of whether staff at your out of school service are professionally trained with qualifications?

  • Yes
  • No

13. Does it make a difference to your choice of out of school care requirements that staff are professionally trained or qualified?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Please state reasons (for either response):

14. What do you want most from out of school services? Please state:

Thankyou for completing this survey

Your name

Address

I am from:

  • An urban area
  • A rural area

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