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Appendix 5

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

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

  • What are the ages of the children and how many go to whānau care after school?
  • When thinking about out of school services and care 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 children?

  • 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 and care

  • What kind of care have you chosen for your children?
  • Are you satisfied with the care that you get?
  • What are your reasons for choosing whānau care? Did you have a choice? If you had a choice would you prefer a service provider?
  • How does your whānau care meet your needs? Are there any gaps/improvements needed?
  • What are the challenges that you have experienced in getting out of school services or care? For example,
  • What are specific challenges that you have experienced in accessing these in rural or urban settings?
  • What are specific challenges that you have experienced in getting these for primary and secondary school age children?
  • What are specific challenges that you have experienced in accessing these for children with special or high needs?

Specific questions for school-holiday programmes

  • What happens to your children during school holidays?
  • What are the key factors when deciding on a school holiday programme for your children? Are they the same as after school care? 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?
  • If you had known about it, would it have made a difference for you with your choice of care after school?
  • Are there any improvements you can suggest are needed to the subsidy?

Activities

  • What do your children do when they get to the whānau carer? Have you any expectations for activities?
  • Do they do anything that is Māori specific after school? Have you any expectations for Māori specific activities or Māori content during this time?
  • What do you want most from whānau care? Do you see t as a babysitting service or something else? Describe the something else?

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