Kaiārahi Ritenga Waitohu

Appendix 1

Questions for parents, caregivers (including whānau) - Individual interviews and focus groups

Parent and caregiver priorities for out of school services (including school-holiday programmes)

  • How many children use out of school services and what are the ages of the children?
  • When thinking about out of school services for your children, what were/are the things that are important to you when you made/are making decisions about these services after school? Why are they important to you?

Participants take their key factors and rate them on a chart in order of priority for them.. For example, if COST is a key factor:

How important is cost a priority for you when thinking about out of school services for your tamariki?

  • Extremely important it is the critical priority factor
  • Very important as one of a number of other priority factors
  • Important but not a priority factor

Out of school services

  • What kind of out of school services have you chosen for your children?
  • How did the fact that they are approved and non-approved out of school service providers influence your choice? Do you know that there is a difference? Does this make a difference for the choice made?
  • Are you satisfied with the out of school services that you get?
  • If you had a choice, would you prefer to have a non-Māori provider or a Māori provider for out of school services? What are the reasons for your choice?
  • How does your out of school service meet your needs? Are there any gaps between your needs and what is being offered by out of school services providers?
  • What improvements are needed to out of school services so that they meet your needs?
  • What are the challenges that you have experienced in getting out of school services? For example,
  • What are specific challenges that you have experienced in accessing out of school services in rural or urban settings?
  • What are specific challenges that you have experienced in getting out of school services for primary and secondary school age children?
  • What are specific challenges that you have experienced in accessing out of school services for children with special or high needs?

Specific questions for school-holiday programmes

  • How often do you access school holiday programmes? For example, every day each holiday, some days every holiday, or occasional days/holidays?
  • What are the key factors when deciding on a school holiday programme for your children? Are they the same as after school services programmes? If different, what are they and why?

OSCAR subsidies

  • What do you know about OSCAR subsidies for out of school services?
  • Do you know the criteria for getting these subsidies? What are they?
  • Do you receive an OSCAR subsidy? From your experiences, what challenges/ difficulties if any, have you had in getting this subsidy?
  • What improvements would you suggest are needed to the subsidy?

Out of school service activities

  • What types of Māori specific activities are included in the out of school services provided to your children?
  • What kind of activities do you want included that are not catered for at your out of school service at present?
  • How do your children respond to Māori cultural activities (if provided)?

Professional development of staff

  • Are you aware of whether staff at your out of school service are professionally trained with qualifications?
  • Do you have a preference for having trained staff and why?
  • What do you want most from out of school services – for example, babysitting services or care with a development/enrichment interest in your children?

Future focus

If you sent yourself a postcard from the future, say in 5 years time, what would you expect to see happening and in place with out of school services that are working well to meet the needs of your children and your whānau?

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