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OSCAR guidance overview

These Subsector Guidelines provide Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) providers with more information around the delivery of OSCAR programmes under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) or 'traffic light' system.

These guidelines have been prepared by the Ministry of Social Development – Manatū Whakahiato Ora in consultation with the Ministry of Health – Te Manatū Hauora.

As the COVID-19 situation develops, these guidelines may be amended or revised.

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The COVID-19 Protection Framework Order (CPF Order) deems all OSCAR providers to be close-proximity services.

Please read through the close-proximity services section on the COVID-19 Protection Framework or traffic light system.

Provider guidance for close-proximity services


OSCAR staff are no longer required to be vaccinated unless a provider deems it necessary for staff to be vaccinated.

If an OSCAR provider does require staff to be vaccinated, they must carry out risk assessments under the Health and Safety at Work Act to determine whether it is appropriate to require staff to be vaccinated.

COVID-19 controls at work – WorkSafe

It is recommended that OSCAR providers adopt measures to protect staff and to reduce the spread of virus to others.


At this stage, MSD does not have any funding or supplies of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) available for OSCAR providers. PPE includes masks, hand sanitiser and Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).

We recommend that you plan to purchase your own supplies of PPE.

If you require immediate supplies of masks, you can contact your closest food hub, who may be able to supply you with a limited amount.

If you are signed up with the Ministry of Heath's PPE portal, they are working at pace to respond to demand.

Personal Protective Equipment Central Supply – Ministry of Health

Rapid antigen test (RAT) – Ministry of Health

People who are symptomatic or a household contact can find out more at:

Read more detailed OSCAR guidance

There are four parts to the OSCAR guidance. Read all the guidance to understand what OSCAR providers must do.

1. Traffic light settings for OSCAR

2. Groups and distancing for OSCAR

3. Vaccination requirements for OSCAR

4. Locations and subsidies for OSCAR

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