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Each year, National Out of School Hour Care Educators Day celebrates and recognises the important role educators play in the lives of children.

This year’s theme was OSHC Educators: Rising to every challenge. 2022 has presented many challenges for educators in our profession. We aim to raise awareness of the important role OSHC educators play and why each OSHC educator matters; in their school and family communities, and with government and other decision-makers.

Mary MacKillop Childcare North Queensland (MMCNQ) operates 15 Outside School Hour Care Services across Townsville, north to Ingham, south to Proserpine and Bowen, and west to Mt Isa. Our services range from 30 children in St Mary’s Bowen and Our Lady of Lourdes in Ingham to 180 children at St Clare’s in Burdell.

OSHC provides care, play and learning for school-aged children before and after school care, vacation care and on pupil-free days. Our OSHCs are led by service leaders who hold Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas in Education and Care. They deliver vital services in their communities that allow families to have extended care for their children, assisting with work and other commitments.

We welcome new educators to our services who have experience in education, community services, nursing, occupational therapy, sport and recreation, disability and youth work, just to name a few. Mary MacKillop Childcare North Queensland Director Jo Goodrick acknowledged the Service Leaders at their recent service leader meeting, which included a video message from Bishop Tim Harris. The work and dedication of all MMCNQ educators was also formally celebrated on St Mary MacKillop Feast Day.

If you would like to come and work with this inspiring team of educators, visit