Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


School of Community and Language Studies / Centre for the Development of Human Resources


Banham, V., Picton-King, A., & Underwood, R. (1991). Parent indicators of quality care in out of school hours care in Western Australia. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


An Investigation into the identification of indicators of quality care for outside school hours was undertaken.

Data was derived from a survey of 252 parents with children currently attending after school care in W.A., and compared with the indicators of quality developed by the Joint Review of the Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Commonwealth Public Service Board on Outside School Hours Care, Vacation Care and Adventure Playgrounds. Although parents identified specific indicators of quality care, the findings were consistent with those of the Review.

Comparing these findings with the extensive current research on pre-school care indicators of quality, suggested that the identification of indicators of quality care in outside school hours care need not take the long road to recognition and implementation as was taken for pre-school care, as much of the research has already been undertaken.