After-school care centres fail on quality

Some after-school care centres are accused of getting away with not meeting quality standards.
Some after-school care centres are accused of getting away with not meeting quality standards.

Many centres that provide after-school care in Australia are reportedly failing to meet quality standards.

The largest provider, Camp Australia, is one of the worst offenders, with one in four of its services not meeting standards, News Corp Australia reports.

The problem extends to the second-largest provider - Junior Adventures Group - and YMCA and P&C-run services are also guilty of not meeting standards.

Violations include children leaving centres without staff noticing, and overcrowding.

Many centres repeat the offences or aren't pulled up because regulators fail to carry out regular checks, with one centre escaping scrutiny for five years.

Taxpayers forked out more than $740 million on subsidies for outside school hours care in the 2018-2019 year.

Australian Associated Press